Andrew* is a 23-year-old man, who lives with his parents. Because he suffered from depression and anxiety, and was ill at ease in social situations, holding down a job was a challenge. He suffered social isolation, claustrophobia and developed dependency on alcohol and a gaming addiction. His family was unaware of the extent of the problems he was facing, until he alerted them to it himself, at which point they supported him in finding a solution.
He described himself as “lonely and isolated”, “disconnected”, “not looking forward to anything, not being interested in things happening around me”, “little confidence” and “feeling blank and not being able to follow conversation”, “afraid of meeting new people”.
He had been experiencing these feelings since his early teens, when his gaming addiction developed.
Andrew comes from a loving, supportive family. When Andrew was in utero, his parents were living in a war-torn country, with bombs going off outside their apartment, and his father worked in security services. His early years were filled with the fear and violence naturally experienced when living in a war zone, and a sense of the innate hostility of the world was a part of his world view.
Andrew’s family moved to Australia when he was three. Along with this, came a sense of not belonging.
Andrew had seen a psychologist for several months, with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) being the preferred treatment. This had helped him develop some positive habits, but had not resolved his anxiety, depression or sense of social isolation.
Andrew wanted to feel confident and socially connected, and comfortable in social situations. He wanted to experience a positive outlook on life, renewed energy, and a sense of purpose, and to feel comfortable in his own skin. He also wanted to be able to create meaningful friendships which were not based around alcohol or drugs.
Andrew completed the homework exercise, outlining the most stressful events in his life, and a list of desired outcomes. His homework highlighted a life characterised by feelings of danger, and isolation.
He then went on to undertake 3 sessions of TRTP (The Richards Trauma Process™), each a week apart.
Andrew listened to a recording of Session 1 three times until Session 2. He had been asked to listen to it daily. After Session 1 he felt little difference to his mood.
After Session 2 Andrew felt a sense of relief and calm, and a sense of freedom from distressing events from the past which had continued to affect his life.
Andrew reported an increased sense of positivity and purpose, and calm. (From my point of view, as his practitioner, he presented himself in the session with increased energy and easy enthusiasm. He looked clear and well-presented, his “fog” seemed to have lifted, and he was easily able to engage.) His sleep patterns had improved, and he no longer dreaded the day ahead.
1.5 months after our last session:
Andrew followed up 1.5 months after our last session. He reported feeling more at ease in social situations, and actively sought them out. He was building positive new friendships. He was feeling positive and enthusiastic about life, and found healthy habits (mostly centred around sleeping, exercise and eating) had begun to form quite naturally. He had started an online course in technology, and had begun to work with a business partner to build a business. He no longer felt the need of support from health professionals.
Proudly reporting in that I have never been so busy with work and getting away but never so consciously aware that I now have a choice to not buy into that but rock on anyway and achieve exactly the same amazing outcome but with my stomach, nerves and head intact… this is a new experience for me, and I believe I will call it “peaceful excellence”. Thank you.
I have gone through Sally’s program and can honestly say I feel like a different woman. That internal doubt and the negative dialogue in my head has vanished – the biggest impact is I don’t waste my time or energy on worrying anymore!
As one of the many human beings on earth who experienced growing pains in their childhood teenage years and even adulthood. There were things in both my personal and professional life that were holding me back from being the best that I could be.
So, when Sally told me that I would experience complete freedom in three hypnotherapy sessions, I booked my first session right away. And freedom is what I got. Now I don’t have to will myself or psych myself into acting a certain way. I just am because all the chains have been broken.
It’s been life-transforming to finally gain this deep sense of peace, confidence and belief in myself.
My work with Sally has been nothing short of life-changing. Although I entered our sessions a bit dubious that my lifetime of anxiety could be shifted, from the very first appointment, I felt the impact of our work. I felt it in that session, and I continued to feel it very strongly in the days afterwards. Even now, more than a month after that session, it's clear that a permanent shift occurred in terms of how I see my world, and how I process things that used to send me into an anxious spiral.
I was surprised by the depth of my reactions to past negative experiences during my treatments and the relief that I have enjoyed following them.
I hand on heart quite simply love how I now feel.
I can't tell you how good it feels to be 'me' again. It's been a monumental shift, and in so many ways it's so apt that our work coincided with the change of seasons because it feels like spring for me - inside and out - everything coming into bloom again.
The results are profound. I feel lighter, calmer and more positive than I ever thought was possible. The knot of stress in my belly has gone, as have the negative thought patterns – the weight of all that accumulated shit has been lifted. It’s transformative. I spent 45 years living with a burden that I didn’t need to carry. The next 45years will be amazing.
For anyone who understands the importance of mindset, values their mental health, and knows the key to success is believing in yourself – and yet has that negative self- talk… enough is enough!
After TRTP my general wellbeing improved remarkably. I am more rational, relaxed and better able to organise my time. I feel more carefree and confident, much happier, joyous and appreciative of so much in my everyday life. I make time for what and who is important to me, for my general wellbeing, as well as enjoying much more settled sleep patterns.
A key indicator of how effective this treatment was for me is that when we started, I was dreading an upcoming international trip for all the anxiety it would undoubtedly cause me, breaking from my routine and travelling long distances. I write this now, incredibly excited about embarking on that trip tomorrow, feeling nothing but happy anticipation about a lovely holiday.
I found the sessions both relaxing and emotional, a release of negative feelings that had been held in my subconscious since childhood, and a great relief both physically and emotionally. They have proven to be a real circuit breaker and have taken so much of the angst from my life! It has been an incredibly positive experience for me, and I am truly grateful to Sally for steering me through it with such sensitivity and with such positive results.