Testimonials

Testimonials and Client Feedback for Stephen Chan

IAEBPverified_testimonialsHypnotherapist and licensed Thrive Programme™ consultant at Ulster Hypnotherapy: covering Belfast, Portadown, Ulster, Lisburn, Newry, Armagh, Antrim, Lurgan, Dungannon and Dundalk, Northern Ireland

 

Social Phobia/Anxiety successfully helped with The Thrive Programme™

“When i first came to Stevie I felt pretty hopeless at getting rid of my social anxiety…I was also feeling semi-depressed and suffering stress related symptoms (unbeknownst to me at the time). Anyways I had just graduated from Uni…. and lived a pretty normal life but i relied on Alcohol waaay to much to socialize. Anytime i bumped into anyone randomly I would go bright red, stammer and feel really shit about it. It prevented me from doing what i wanted which was to play in my band, play sports, and basically live a normal life without being anxious.

I tried many things; two crap self-help books come to mind and was prescribed beta blockers….and prob anti-depressants if i waited any longer. but when i tried the books it just didn’t stick and felt like too much effort.  I tried willpower where i just willed myself not to guess what others thought of me, which worked, for like a day.

Anyways i never told anyone about this, including my family, they just thought i was semi-shy. I also could put on quite a brave front to the point where my mates probably believed i was indeed semi confident… but each time felt like a battle, I wasn’t learning to be confident. Last but not least i started having a couple of “black moods” and even had this weird thing where i kept waking up as soon as i drifted over to sleep (you know that feeling you get when you wake up cause u think you are falling, try having that every time you drift over!).

I’ll not lie i felt hopeless, alone, scared basically like shit!

Then i went to meet Stevie, stumbled upon his website as i thought hypnotherapy may be a last resort…. turns out he didn’t give me any hypnotherapy…. he put me on the THRIVE programme.
He presented me with a book and over 6 sessions we went over the book which teaches you how to manage your thinking, explains why you feel these things and how to get rid of them YOURSELF! In writing this probably sounds like any other self-help book but it’s really not.

I believe it gives you the tools to deal with any situation and do what you want. To top it off Stephen was a great guy, very dead on, easy going and put me at ease.

It took me a little longer to grasp it but when i did I felt fantastic. I can honestly say I haven’t felt depressed at all, with the exception of one time.. but i knew why and was able to get rid of it immediately! Socially I’m a lot better, i can talk to people, be confident, play music, play sports and live my life… I’m still learning but i know with time I will have lowered it significantly. I also feel like I’ve covered all bases, I couldn’t relapse into the way I was before because i would know why i did so.
The way i look at the programme is quite simple. It’s like keeping fit for your mind. Stevie was my personal trainer until I could do it all by myself!

I really think they should teach this shit in schools because I know there will be so many people out there unable to deal with things because they don’t know how….this gives you the tools on how to!
I’m a religious guy too and it did indeed challenge my faith (as you learn that you are in control and not anyone else) but i came out with an equally strong faith….but I’m still in control!
THRIVE!

….oh aye I’m getting a Tattoo! (Before I would have died of guilt)
Cheers Stevie lad, was a pleasure!”

Anon.

Geraldine after undergoing Childbirth Hypnosis

geraldine100baby“I visited Stephen a couple of weeks after I found out I was expecting my first child. I had a phobia of doctors all my life and I knew that in order to enjoy my pregnancy I had to overcome the fear of ‘white coats’.

After one session I had overcome my phobia. During this session Stephen advised me of hypnosis he did around the pain of child birth and how hypnosis could make the experience more enjoyable and less painful. I have got to say I did not think this was possible but as with any first time mum I would have taken or done anything to alleviate my worries about childbirth.

So eight weeks before my due date I had three sessions with Stephen and was given cd’s to listen to during labour, I was still sceptical up until I went into hospital but I can say now my daughter was born in April and I had only four hours of labour and my only form of pain relief was gas and air. I had a wonderful stress free labour and my daughter was and continues to be a very relaxed and happy baby. If I am lucky enough to have a second child I will use hypnosis again.

Geraldine Devine.”

Blowaway/Exam Nerves

Heyy stevie !

its megan the “geek” who came to see you  a couple of months ago because i panicked about tests and studying :’)! well i listen to your cd and self talk all the time and last week i had my modules for some of my GCSE’s. i only studied an hour everyday and i went in feeling confident, not even nervous and they were all easy! so im just sending you this to say thanks and you really did help me.

From Megan !

Kathy Wilson – Reporter for ‘The Leader’ Banbridge newspaper.

“Hypnotised and not a swinging watch in sight”

kathy_photoThink of being hypnotised and you immediately think of swinging pocket watches and deep trances. But the truth is more modern and can help with a range of emotional, nervous or psychological problems. ”

A visit to Stephen Chan’s Portadown clinic last week was just what the doctor ordered. I underwent some relaxation and Stress Management Hypnosis and it’s something that I will remember for a long time.

Stephen immediately puts you at ease and quickly dispels any myths and beliefs that hypnotherapy involves a swinging watch and state of trance.

There are no watches and no falling asleep. In fact you feel totally alert to what is going on and you can bring yourself to full consciousness at any time during the session. Stephen handed me a set of earphones and then I just sat back relaxed and listened to what he said. It’s hard to describe what being hypnotised feels like. The best way that I can describe it is a focused state of concentration – a bit like daydreaming, totally unconcerned about what is going on but deep in concentration!

Stephen urged me to relax, feel good about myself and start to imagine myself on a isolated beach complete with swaying palm trees, white sand and gentle lapped waves. I ha

to stop myself from sipping the pina colada sitting to my left and ogling the hunks on the beach.

What a life – and then I had to come back to work in the Leader!

My session with Stephen really did put me at ease and I felt completely relaxed.

Stephen can help people with many conditions, included lack of confidence, smoking, phobias, alcohol/drug abuse, panic attack, sexual problems, compulsions, insomnia, paranoia, weight control, social fears, blushing, public toilet shyness and depression.”

C, Fear of sick, Emetophobia and other problems successfully helped with The Thrive Programme™

I can’t thank Stephen enough. When i came to see him i was at my wits end. I got diagnosed with post-natal depression and got put on anti-depressants after having my daughter, I was so low and very angry, i hated myself and was convinced i was the worst mummy ever! My biggest problem though was that i was very anxious and had the biggest fear of being sick! The thought of being sick or even feeling sick terrified me!

I spent 6wks completing the Thrive programme with Stephen and it was the best thing I’ve ever done! Stephen put me right at ease and explained why i was feeling the way i was feeling which was very reassuring! We worked together changing my thinking patterns and now i feel like a whole new person. I’m now making plans for me and my daughter’s future as a family as i now feel strong enough to take things on. I’m planning a career and looking at places for us to live.

The biggest change I’ve noticed is my fear of being sick has literally vanished. That was the main thing holding me back and if my daughter was sick or i even felt sick i freaked out, now I’m super mummy 🙂

I honestly can’t thank Stephen enough as he has changed my life and i am now looking forward to the future.

C.