Feedback & Testimonials from Ulster Hypnotherapy
Testimonials and Client Feedback for Stephen Chan hypnotherapist and licensed Thrive™ consultant at Ulster Hypnotherapy: covering Belfast, Portadown, Ulster, Lisburn,
Newry, Armagh, Antrim, Lurgan, Dungannon and Dundalk, Northern Ireland
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Two things..... If you are struggling in your life, give yourself the biggest gift, do this and once you've started don't give up and get all "this is bollocks" ....
Actually, think what you like, just keep going back to Stevie no matter how it all feels; it doesn't take long, a blink in a lifetime. It's truly liberating and life changingly wonderful.
Lena Headey, Actress from The Game of Thrones and 300, Problems resolved by Pure Hypnoanalysis
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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, Fear of sick, Emetophobia and other problems successfully helped with The Thrive Programme™
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helped with The Thrive Programme™
I was in a terrible anxious distressed and depressed state for well over six years I had been suffering from severe and debilitating Panic Attacks daily. I found it impossible to travel on a bus or car as I felt totally out of control, I used to bite my finger nails down to the stumps. I had psoriasis on my arms legs and scalp. I had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Agoraphobia by my GP. i tried cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) Valium anti depressants and many other medications, in fact, anything the NHS could come up with I tried all to no avail, this depressed me even more I felt suicidal and just a hopeless case.
After discovering Ulster Hypnotherapy, I decided to contact Stephen for a free initial consultation, for the first time in over six years someone actually understood how I was feeling and what I was going through. Stephen put me at ease immediately and explained how and why all these debilitating symptoms came about and more importantly how he was going to help me resolve them. So I decided to give Pure Hypnoanalysis a go - in a short period of time my Psoriasis vanished, Panic Attacks completely ceased, the depression has gone, and my fingernails have grown back I'm now travelling all over the country easily and enjoy it.
My life has totally transformed, and I can honestly say I have never ever felt so good , I just can't thank Stephen enough for what he has done for me. Life is absolutely fantastic now. If your reading this and suffering from anything emotional or psychological I would strongly encourage you to give Stephen a quick call I'm more than confident that he will resolve your difficulties.
Seamus, problems resolved with Pure Hypnoanalysis
Sorry about the delay in getting this to you as I have been very busy of late and I wanted to give it my full attention.
"I was suffering from anxiety, fear of sickness and struggling to come to terms with a recent bereavement. The slightest incident could set me off. When I first came to see Stephen it really was out of desperation as I couldn't see a way out of my problems. From the first session I was made to feel completely at ease and felt I could discuss anything with him. I understood right from the start that he only had my best interests at heart which made a big difference to me.
Through his kindness, patience and support I began to get to the bottom of my issues which were much deeper than I'd thought, and yes, at times it was challenging, but ultimately very rewarding. I am more confident and stronger than I was before the sessions and I have been able to master my fears and anxieties.The most important thing I took away from my sessions was 'I have control over my thoughts and feelings'. Stephen outlined this early on and it was built upon during the sessions. I managed to get to the cause of my problems. Deciding on this treatment was undoubtedly the best decision I've made and now I'm now getting on with the rest of my life."
P.S. Stephen just to say thank you again as you really have made a difference to how I live my life.
Roy, Fear of sick, Emetophobia successfully helped with The Thrive Programme™
Stephen, (testimonial as promised!!)
I just wanted
to thank you so much for all the help you have given me over the course
of my therapy. I have battled with my weight for years and was always
looking for that "quick fix." However having lost a lot of
weight recently and getting to my dream size 12, only to start piling
it on again, I realised there had to be underlying issues.
understand why I felt the way I did about so many things truly does
feel like a weight has been lifted: to describe it as a journey of self
discovery is an understatement. I never considered myself as someone
who had low self esteem but now I know I did and more importantly why.........
and if it hadn't been for your patience, understanding and good humour,
I could never have got through it.
I have already
lost some weight and look forward to when I can email you again and
tell you that I've got where I want to be, but seriously I don't feel
nervous or underconfident about whether I will or not ... I'm ready
to take on the world!!
Ever grateful, J
Weight Control resolved with Pure Hypnoanalysis
I went to Stephen to help with what I thought was a phobia of public speaking. As I spent more time with Stephen and reading Rob Kelly's book I was made to realise it was all down to my badly managed thinking, this was the first step in my road to recovery.
As my time with Stephen passed my confidence began to grow and I realised what was important in life and what wasn't. The 6 weeks have changed my life in many aspects, I am starting law in September which i am aware involves presentations which now don't bother me, my "fear" of public speaking has diminished.
Thank you Stephen for all your help and giving me lifelong knowledge and skills when dealing with problems and stress :)
Fear of Public Speaking successfully helped with The Thrive Programme™
To put it simply, the money I spent on Hypnotherapy was probably the best investment I have ever made. From the person who went to see Stephen for my initial consultation to how I feel now is nothing other than extraordinary. I discovered a lot about myself and how and why I felt the way I did. In the end it was almost like a lightbulb moment - the switch was flicked and the light flooded in!
I now am confident that I can handle anything that comes my way and my anxiety levels have reduced vastly. I am a much, much happier person. The whole process was not as daunting as I had imagined, largely due to Stephen's professional, reassuring manner. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson "...to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" I breathe easier, much easier - thank-you Stephen!
Joan, Anxiety Problems resolved with Pure Hypnoanalysis
"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!
....oh aye I’m getting a Tattoo! (Before I would have died of guilt)
Cheers Stevie lad, was a pleasure!"
Social Phobia/Anxiety successfully helped with The Thrive Programme™
I would just like to say that when I went to Stephen I was a bit sceptical, as I had already been to hypnotist before for the same problem and hadn’t seen any improvement at all,
My ‘problem’ as I called it was premature Ejaculation and I had been suffering from it, well...forever basically. I was at my wits end as I thought I have tried everything I could but to no avail so was very near going to resign myself to the idea that this was just the way my life was going to be.
Then I read Stephen’s website and read about his Hypnoanalysis therapy and thought, what did I have to lose. So I rang, got an appointment and met up for my first appointment where I we met by the most welcoming person I think I have ever met. We quickly got down to work with Stephen explaining everything in a really easy to understand manner.
Once we got to the ‘root’ of my problem and all this bottled up emotion was released it we like a very large weight had been lifted off my shoulders.............
I am now very glad to say that not only has hypnoanalysis helped me get rid of my problem, it has also given me so much confidence and a whole new outlook on life in general for which I am very grateful.
I will never be able to thank you enough but...Thank you.
Frank, Sexual Problem resolved using Pure Hypnoanalysis
You are probably reading this because something is troubling you (perhaps it has been for years), it’s getting worse and you don’t know how to deal with it even though you may have tried a number of conventional treatments. You are considering hypnosis but want to go to someone who is trustworthy and genuine and not a ‘rip off’ merchant. My advice is to call Stephen, he is totally genuine, this could be the best decision you will ever make.
As a man in my 50s with a responsible job I was struggling with a phobia that had slowly developed over the previous 4 or 5 years and was beginning to disrupt my life. I suspected it may be work-related as the problem had started following a promotion but I enjoyed my job so couldn’t understand why this would be.
At the initial meeting with Stephen I was neither sceptical nor optimistic but just hoping that the treatment would work. Stephen was really ‘normal’ and easy to talk to and put me at ease right away. We talked about myself, my family and just briefly about my problem and sorted out some appointment times. I was surprised that Stephen did not want to hear too much about ‘the problem’ but as I found out later ‘the problem’ is merely a symptom, not the root cause, so in many ways is irrelevant.
The first session involved me sitting back on a recliner-type chair with my eyes closed and wearing headphones, Stephen then talked me into a relaxed state. I was fully aware of my surroundings and could have got up and walked away at any time, I was not asleep or ‘drowsy’ in any way. There is nothing weird or spooky about hypnosis but I understand that it is the perception that they will be out of control that puts people off - this is not how it is.
Once relaxed I talked and talked, laughed, and occasionally (to my surprise) cried. This pattern repeated over a number of sessions and after each I felt relaxed and that I had got something off my chest. However, I must point out that after 5 or 6 sessions I felt that I wasn’t making a great deal of progress as sometimes my phobia seemed to have improved but at other times it was still bothering me. I told Stephen of this and he advised me that this was a good indication that we were close to the root of the problem. It crossed my mind that this could be ‘rubbish’ and in fact the treatment wasn’t working but I’m glad to say that I stuck with it and Stephen was right in what he said.
In the end there was no ‘blinding flash’ of light in fact I wasn’t even in a treatment session when the cause of the problem revealed itself, I was on holiday in Spain. It was a ‘picture’ that just popped into my mind, just a memory of a single event that had occurred when I was a teenager. Initially I thought that this was something that I had always been aware of over the years and anyway the event was far too trivial to be the cause of my problem. However, the more I thought about it the more I realised that this was the root of the problem. It had been buried in my memory for almost 40 years. Suddenly I could see a connection between a number of things I had talked about during the sessions. l was on the text right away to Stephen to tell him the good news but we had one more session just to make sure that we had got to the bottom of the problem.
I cannot believe the difference in my life, my phobia has just about disappeared, I have the occasional ‘blip’ (when I remember how things used to be) but I am making steady progress. When I look back I realise that it was not just a specific phobia, I could be quite nervous in social situations and meetings for no apparent reason and I had a permanent ‘knot’ in my stomach which I only really overcame with the assistance of a few glasses of wine. Of course this only worked for an hour or two but now I have found a permanent solution that does not cause a hangover!
Strangely there was an added bonus - an old sports injury which had given me occasional neck and backache over the years has disappeared – I assume this must have been caused by tension rather than the original injury.
Given the dramatic change I can understand why people see hypnotism as ‘mystic’ but having been through the process I can see that it is merely being shown around your own mind by a friendly guide. You choose the direction to go in, you will go down a few blind alleys but eventually you get to where you need to be. Stephen helped me to help myself, it is completely logical and natural.
All I can say to anyone with a problem is to give Stephen a call, trust him, tell him absolutely everything and hang in there – it will be worth it.
RH, Fear of Driving and other problems resolved using Pure Hypnoanalysis
I started the Thrive Programme with you a few months back and was telling my friends about it there and thought I must e-mail you to let you know how I'm getting on as I said I would! I must also send you a testimonial for your website at some point.
One of the big worries was an operation I was having for endometriosis (remember I went to have it before and had the anaphylactic reation?), well I had it last month and surprisingly a lot of the scar tissue had cleared up itself which is supposidly unheard of. I would put it down to me not being stressed and in general leading a much healthier lifestyle (practically stopped drinking, just don't feel like I 'need' a drink) in the lead up to the operation. So it went really well and I recovered very quickly from it! I'm off all the big strong painkillers I was on that made me feel better at the time as I don't need them, and realised the other day that I haven't taken an anti-depressant in a month, so I'm off them aswell, drug free for the 1st time in years!
It has really had a profound effect on me, everyone is commenting how I'm like the old, confident me again. I had the problem of always wanting to be in control etc and worrying myself sick about dying and other things. I've just had confirmation that I'm getting a promotion at work and I know it's because I'm good at my job and have worked hard rather than a 'fluke' as I would have thought before.
I'm standing up for myself with my husband, in fact I've turned into a right bitch, but in a good way. He used to threaten to leave all the time if I didn't give into him, like give him money to pay his car / golf fees etc, now I'm just like 'on you go love, you know where the door is.' Funny he never actually goes and things are a lot better between us.
And lastly I've dyed my hair bright blonde from the standard brown colour I had it, just because for the 1st time in a long time I actually want to stand out.
Really can't thank you enough for helping me with the programme, promised to send you a testimonial! I've told loads of people about it and really can't praise it enough.
Fear of Surgery & Confidence issues successfully helped with The Thrive Programme™
Hey There Stevie,
Sorry for the delay, I’ve been very busy with my life and haven’t had a minute since my few sessions with you!!
From about the age of 14 I started having chest pain, panic attacks, unknown rashes, feeling down and not worth anything, not wanting to go out and socialise as much etc.
The doctors had me diagnosed with:
Sliding hiatus Hernia
Stomach Muscle Spasms
They started me on about 5 or 6 different courses of tablets and these tablets only worked for a while, probably because I thought the doctor had found the problem. I was also referred to the hospital for Ultrasound Scan, Chest Xray and OGD (camera down into the stomach) which all came back normal. Who was I to think the doctor was wrong or to question a doctor?
Eventually when I was 19 I had a panic attack when I was driving and the doctor finally woke up and suggested it might be depression or anxiety. I was started on Anti-Depressants. I started taking these and they worked for a while but then stopped working. I was on Mirtazepine, Venlafaxine and also Fluoxetine – but none of them seemed to work and I was getting more and more depressed. 11 months later I was referred to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) as the doctor thought this was appropriate.
I finally thought, ‘good job, this might actually help me’!!! The first consultation I was very nervous but after seeing the nurse 3 or 4 times, once a month for an hour I realised there was no change at all. The nurse informed me that I could be going to CBT for years and the Depression will never go away for good. I got disheartened when, every month I went, we went over the same spiel and was given ‘homework’ to do but never went over it. I was doing things I didn’t understand and was never told why I was doing it. I actually started getting worse.
As a last resort we saw an advert in the local paper, we were very sceptical but thought we may as well give it a go because nothing else seemed to work.
I work in a medical practice and asked the doctor there if he thought I should go for it. I was advised very strongly not to go as no-one knew enough about it and he gave me a name and number for another private doctor who would do more CBT which wasn’t working for me anyway!! I see the same people day in and day out in the surgery and everything seems to be doom and gloom for them. A lot of them have depression, are on anti-depressants and go to CBT or the psychiatrist - But it’s still not helping them. When they go into the doctor they reminisce about there depression and always talk about it (this is only making them worse).
I went for my first consultation, Stevie was able to tell me the way I was feeling and I had never even met him before!! He said I could get rid of my depression within 5 or 6 sessions with him and it would be away for good unless I let it come back. I couldn’t believe it but was still a bit sceptical.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy wasn’t the right thing for me so instead we did a thing call CLB (Changing Limiting Beliefs). I found it very interesting because I was finding out about myself. CLB is similar to CBT but it is very different at the same time, you actually know what you are meant to do and everything is explained properly to you. It’s all to do with understanding the causes of depression and changing the way you think and feel.
Stevie was my trainer, it wasn’t him that changed me, he just helped me along the way. I helped myself change all the negative thoughts to positive thoughts and have a completely different outlook on life. I also learnt the DREAM technique. I haven’t had a panic attack or chest pain since completing the sessions or any bad thoughts! Stevie was right – I would be ‘cured’ once and for all – now that I know how to overcome depression it would be impossible for me to go back into it, or get to the state I used to be.
If I had of listened to that doctor I would still be attending CBT, still be on anti-depressants and still be attending my own doctor and also still be stuck in my depression!! I am so glad I went. I feel 110% better and can’t believe how easy it was to get out and get my own life back! I would definitely recommend this service to EVERYONE.
Adelle, Depression & other problems helped with Changing Limiting Beliefs - now known as The Thrive Programme™
I was twenty two stones, suffering from Hypertension, Arthritis, and worst of all sleep apnia. I have tried everything in my 57 yrs to lose weight and keep it off, all the diet sheets in the world didn’t help. I didn’t realize that all the time the answer lay within myself.
I went to Stephen Chan after hearing a program on the radio about the Gastric Band therapy.
In one session he made me feel better about myself than I have in twenty or thirty years, that was last week and I have lost eight and a half pounds from one Monday to the following one. I don’t crave food I don’t even think about it anymore. Next week I have my virtual band fitted by a surgeon of my choice. I am looking forward to being healthy and fit again
Thank You Stevie
I can honestly say that my progress after your Hypno-Band therapy has been nice and steady I have now lost 1st 12 pounds in 5 weeks. I would highly recommend to anyone who has trouble with conventional methods of weight loss.
Stuart, Hypno-Band Weight Loss System™
Hi Stephen things are going really well this week has been full of challenges and each one is getting easier each time :)
Here is my testimonial -
From being very sceptical that anyone or anything could actually help me and then to find that Stephen actually made it so simple , challenged my thinking and my words and showed me another way of thinking that has not only helped the original problem I came for but also in all areas of life too!! And that is the difference I think between this and all other therapys is that they only address the issue were as with stephen Your entire thinking and life outlook is changed or challenged . R , ex-anxiety sufferer
His Mum's TESTIMONIAL:
I cannot recommend Stephen's work highly enough. He has helped transform my son's way of thinking to such an extent that this wonderful young man is now able to take charge of his own life and manage what previously were insurmountable obstacles ruled by his anxieties. Stephen became an inspiration and a friend, and we would recommend to anyone suffering anxieties of any kind to seek his expertise.
Social Phobia/Anxiety successfully helped with The Thrive Programme™
“Listen Ruthie, believe me right, you’re gonna be ok......” Stevie Chan April 2008
This is what I heard over the phone just a few days after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Now I’m sure that those of you reading this that have either been diagnosed with cancer or that have loved ones delivered the same terrifying news might be wondering what is extraordinary about the above quote. I’m guessing that you will have either received or delivered the same or similar well meaning sentiment and I did many times both before surgery and throughout the course of my subsequent chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. But what Stevie said was totally different and had the most profound effect on me; whereas my dear friends and family desperately wanted it to be true, Stevie knew it to be true he knew that my mind could and would aid my return to full health - and guess what!!? ........I am ok!! In fact I feel fitter and healthier now than I did before the diagnosis. The anaesthetist claimed that I was calmer and more relaxed than even he was, what’s more the speed of my post op recovery astounded the consultant and the whole nursing team let alone my friends and family! Chemotherapy and radiotherapy were a breeze - I’m NOT kidding! ..... during the course of these therapies I met some lovely people, I excercised more than I had done and enjoyed it too!, I paid more attention to my diet, I indulged myself whenever and with whatever took my fancy, I stopped worrying about things over which I had no contol and I feel so please and proud of what I’ve achieved. None of this was hard, not after I’d listened to Stevie.
Ruth, Cancer Help Programme
"I went to see Stephen Chan as I had a problem in my life that was becoming progressively worse and was significantly impacting on my day to day life. Over the course of the 6 week therapy I learned things about myself that I had never really known or acknowledged before and suddenly it all became clear and connected. I cannot believe that I waited until I was 37 to seek help for my problems as they have been affecting me for as long as I can remember. Thanks to Stephen and the therapy I am now free of my issues and feel totally happy and confident and know that I will now live my life to the full. I was used to people always seeing a super confident person from the outside but that was never matched by how I felt on the inside until now.
Thank you Stephen and I will not forget what you have done for me.
Grainne after undergoing Pure Hypnoanalysis
I simply feel much more confident now - in work and in my personal
life. My self esteem has greatly increased - I feel like I matter,
that I have a value. I walk taller. I no longer feel that I have
no right to be here. I feel more physically attractive as a result
and much more masculine. I feel powerful and in control. I avoided
relationships with the opposite sex to the point where I convinced
myself that I was homosexual. Unbelievably, I now feel that it
would be possible for me to have a relationship with a member
of the opposite sex! For the first time in my life I feel sexually
attractive. I used to think and plan constantly. I would play
out scenarios in my head, usually planning for when things went
wrong - this led to the constant worry I experienced. This has
virtually stopped. I feel a great deal lighter (of mind) and more
spontaneous. I'm simply enjoying life more, now that I don't have
this constant conversation with myself. The OCD has all but disappeared
too. I can't say that all of this has made me feel euphoric in
any way, I just feel normal and content and that's exactly what
I wanted out of this. It has honestly been life changing.
A client with OCD treated with Pure Hypnoanalysis
After visiting all the usual weight loss groups and trying every
known diet without success I had read an article about weightloss
through Hypnotherapy. I googled Hypnotherapy in Northern
Ireland and came across Stephen Chan's website and decided to
email him for an appointment. I was a little apprehensive
at first but was immediately put at ease when I met him as
I found him to be extremely friendly and approachable. We
worked our way through each weekly session with a few tears on
my part and him throwing in a bit of humour to lighten the mood.
I was amazed that within a few weeks I was beginning
to feel so much better about myself. Without realising it my focus
in life totally changed - the emphasis no longer being on losing
weight (which I have done) but enjoying exercise and enjoying
Thank you Stephen, I appreciate your patience, understanding and
humour which helped me tackle emotions which I thought had
been buried but were still having an impact on my life.
What I can't understand is that we didn't really discuss
food or eating so how did this change come about? I would recommend
you to anyone.
Thank you again
Myrtle's Weight Control Issues treated with Pure Hypnoanalysis
"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 after undergoing Childbirth Hypnosis
"When I first decided to address my problem, I was unsure of where exactly to find help. After searching the internet I found Stephen Chan’s Hypnotherapy site, promising to help with many different anxieties and phobias.
Not sure of what to expect I contacted Stephen, who returned my email promptly and after I had answered his call, I was surprised to find how easy it was to talk to him. I immediately felt at ease and he seemed relaxed and confident that he could help.
Even though I believed in the power of counselling, I was unaware of what exactly Hypnotherapy involved and was sceptical about just how successful it could be.
However, on my first meeting with Stephen I found him to be very warm and approachable and was put very much at ease as he discussed what the therapy would involve. I left our introduction feeling positive that I had taken the first step to dealing with my problem.
In the next few weeks I discovered aspects about myself that I had been unaware of and was leaving each session on a high. The feeling of relief when unburdening myself of all my bottled up feelings really allowed me to gain insight into how they had been affecting my behaviour and felt the benefits of this not just emotionally, but physically too.
However, it was not always easy as I was coming to terms with painful feelings that were causing me distress and confusion. I was encouraged by the trusting, non-judgemental environment, Stephen had helped create and the close bond between us gave me the courage to face those thoughts and memories that were causing me pain.
Stephen, thank-you for helping me through my therapy, I appreciate your patience and understanding. Your empathy and humour encouraged me to feel safe and accepted.
I am now living the benefits of the therapy and see myself and the rest of the world in a completely different way
I would encourage anyone suffering problems to seek help in hypnotherapy as it has given me new confidence to recognise my potential, deal with challenges and pursue those opportunities that in the past would have frightened me.
Amanda after undergoing Pure Hypnoanalysis
Hello Stephen, just sending you an email to let you know how
Glenn is getting on from his visit with you. I really feel your
session has help him a lot the ticks are at the moment gone completely,
which for us as a family is brilliant. I feel he has become more
confident and a lot happier in himself the out look is very positive
and I really appreciate your session with Glenn. I will get Glenn
to email you himself within the next week or so. Thanks again
Stephen I really do feel you threw us a life line.
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 !
"Hypnotised and not a swinging watch in sight"
Think 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 had 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."
Kathy Wilson - Reporter for 'The Leader'.
"Stephen, just wanted to let you know that I passed my
driving test last Saturday. The hypnotherapy really helped. I
have to admit, I was a bit sceptical at the beginning but on the
day I hardly had any nerves! I couldn't have done it without your
Thanks S" (Belfast)
Driving Test Nerves helped with Clinical Hypnosis/Suggestion
"Stephen, with your help I have managed to rid me of deep
rooted resentments which were holding me back. I have become a
confident, contented and happy individual.
Thanks for giving me my life back. A" (Banbridge)
Extract from Client Feedback
Tracie turns to hypnosis in a bid to beat the weed.
Leader advertising manager Tracie McCann has tried almost everything to kick her 40 a day habit into touch.
However up until last week Tracie was still locked in her addiction with no sign of a way out.
That's when she made the decision to put hypnotherapist Stephen Chan's claim, that he can get smokers to stop smoking in just one hour, to the test.
Stephen is an analytical and clinical hypnotherapist and has offices in Portadown and Newry. He claims that over 95% of the hundreds of smokers he has helped quit gave up easily and permanently after just one session. And Tracie is now a firm believer in the power of hypnosis after a very positive session with Stephen.
"I was smoking 40 cigarettes per day for the past 17 years and was really struggling to give up," said Tracie. "I'd tried just about everything without success and jumped at the chance to go and see Stephen."
"He explained to me that smoking wasn't about an addiction to nicotine but rather it was all in my mind, Stephen said that my beliefs are my reality and if think in a certain way I can change."
"The hypnosis past lasted about 15 minutes and was completely different to what I imagined."
"I had prepared myself for some Paul McKenna type antics, however it wasn't like that as I was to made to wear headphones and listen to a tape of subliminal messages." "Stephen told me to relax and feel myself becoming more and more relaxed throughout my body." "While I was in this state Stephen put very positive suggestions into my head and told me I was a non-smoker."
So far the treatment seems to be working with Tracie still off cigarettes.
"Since my session with Stephen I haven't thought about smoking which is amazing as before I constantly thought about having a cigarette." She said.
"I would certainly recommend Stephen and after being very sceptical about the whole process I am now a firm believer."
Tracie McCann 'Leader' Advertising Manager.
"And what about this for a venture? Would you like to know what my new hobby is? This is coming from a girl who couldn't face anyone in daylight, stand in a queue or walk down the street without turning a rather impressive shade of crimson? I am now an official rep for Ann Summers. Yes indeed, last night I went to a party with my unit organizer and she showed me the ropes. I thought I would cringe when the 'fun objects' came out but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and even persuaded a lady who was in her early forties to buy a vibrator! I was sitting through the party with tears of laughter streaming down my cheeks thinking, "I can do this, and I can do this!" That in itself is a great achievement. What do you think xxxxx by day...Ann Summer’s rep by night?
Extract from a letter from a lady who had confidence and blushing
Extract from the article by Newton Emerson for the 'Irish News'
"I don't feel that anything 'happened' to me, but then I don't think that's how you are meant to feel. What I can tell you for a fact is that in the past two weeks that have since passed I've really, really, really wanted a cigarette - but I haven't had one.
Like the eyelids I could have opened but somehow didn't, somehow I haven't smoked.
I don't know how much of that is down to me and how much is down to hypnotherapy.
But if the whole thing is a scam and I've just convinced myself it works, then it has worked, hasn't it?"
Newton Emerson is the editor of the Portadown News, T.V. personality and writer for the Daily Mirror.
"Ever sat in your doctors surgery hoping for some guidance or relief and all you get is anti-depressants? Well I did on and off for ten years, along time for tablets to take effect. But you see they suppress your mood at the time and don't really deal with your problems. Hypnotherapy is a way to meet your problems face on and get them out of the way there and then, no ifs no buts. After that they are gone completely a huge weight lifted off urn shoulders or that horrible lump in your throat or feeling in your stomach gone, and I mean gone. I'm not a religious person but I guess you could describe it as being born again, and I'm definitely not narcissistic but I now love my life and me as a person and how I feel is deal with my everyday ups and downs. I wish I was prescribed these 10 years ago. So go ahead give it a try because not only will you find yourself but you'll also find a good friend".
Thanks for everything, the very grateful", K.L. Uprichard.
Depression helped with Pure Hypnoanalysis
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