"A couple of years of disastrous events; Father being given months to live, couple of operations, managing a senior position in a big organisation that was facing many budget cuts and drastic changes, managing the anxiety and problems that presented my staff. Partner having serious work issues, friends baby dying, major building project turned into a feature length episode of cowboy builders. Dad then dying,( I found him and had to tell Mum), leaving us all devastated, throw in the menopause and without me realising it all added up to me becoming very anxious, worrying about everything, waiting for the hammer to fall with every situation I encountered, feeling like there was no happiness or joy in the world anymore, desperate to sort it but nor sure how.
By chance I bumped into a friend who had lost quite a bit of excess weight, I knew she had had a bit of anxiety and told her how well she looked. She told me she had been visiting Stuart at Positive Change and it had made such a difference to her life, she looked and felt great. So impressed by what she told me I e-mailed Stuart and got a warm response for him inviting me to go and have a chat.
I felt a bit nervous thinking he would think I was soft or ridiculous for feeling like I did but from the off Stuart was great, clearly very knowledgeable, supportive and professional, we talked through some of the issues and arranged sessions from there. He is not pushy at all and genuinely just wants to help you, he's a lovely, sincere guy.
I was a bit skeptical about hypnotherapy and what it could achieve but having seen the results for my friend and feeling so low I felt it was worth a try. When we did the hypnotherapy it felt a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. I looked forward to my sessions, practised (and still do) some of the simple exercises or tools for helping manage situations he gave me and made really good progress culminating in being shown how to self hypnotise which I find very therapeutic and calming. I was also very impressed with the preparation he clearly did prior to each session, I would imagine there is the easily same time again as your sessions being put into the prep.
Whilst many of us have family, friends and partners who want the best for us it is very different to be able to speak with someone who is very in tune with how you are thinking and understands why you have the thought processes you do, who you can frankly discuss anything with without worrying you will worry them or upset them like you would with family maybe, who is supportive but also helps you to find answers and solve the problem rather than just try and sympathise with you, that in itself is very helpful.
The upshot of all this is that I feel much better, I don’t have the sense of constant dread I had before or anxiety pangs and feel more like my old self. Initially I felt I was being weak asking for help but we all have difficult times and sometimes that takes its toll without us realising it. I would recommend anyone who is feeling like I did have a chat with Stuart, I am sure you wont be sorry and be very glad you did." *