I have lived with anxiety and depressive episodes for most of my adult life. There have been times when I am fine, times when I was able to struggle through, and times I could not leave my house. Determined to get better, I tried many things.
This time last year, I was suffering with panic, anxiety and a low self-esteem so badly that it prohibited me from preforming my day to day tasks. I found social situations very difficult to be in. I was taking medications and had tried other methods to help but nothing seemed to be working.
I am a showjumper, and I had a big problem, mainly with my nerves, but also, I was a perfectionist . This affected me quite bad, when I’d jump I’d try to make my mum proud, if something went wrong I would start to get nervous. This would then turn to fear, which then turned to anger & it all got mixed into one, this I could not control.
I came to Diane with a problem with blushing. This has caused me quite some distress for a number of years. The thought of meetings and worse still presentations scared the life out of me. Which I could never understand as I am not by any means a timid person. I clearly needed some help from somewhere, and so went to Diane.
When first starting with Diane I was a little bit sceptical having seen numerous counsellors before and nothing working. I was more disbelieving as the thrive programme promises to deliver results in just six weeks.
I can genuinely say it’s been amazing and I was proven wrong as I am a changed person for the better.
Just wanted to let you know that my presentation went exceedingly well – so much better than I could have possibly imagined, in fact! Whilst I felt completely calm when I left my session with you I was certain that I would at least feel a little bit anxious in the run up to my talk, but I was wrong. I felt relaxed and in control, and did not experience any of the physical symptoms (e.g. racing heart, nausea) that even the thought of presenting would arouse.
I will always remember the kindness and help you offered me at a critical point in my life, back in 2009/10.
It has taken a lot of hard work but I can now say that I am finally reaping the benefits of a healthy, emotionally independent life. Thank you so much for all you did to set me on a positive life path 🙂
Client who experienced serious problems during childhood.
I haven’t touched a packet of crisps since I saw you, walked past my favourite the other day and though I’ll have some as it’s been 3 weeks now, I picked them up and then put them back, really had no desire to eat them.
I feel as though I’m back to where I was, the weight is coming off again and I am back in control which is what I wanted. Lost half a stone since I saw you so hopefully by the summer I’ll feel able to get my legs out again!!
Thought I’d call to say I can’t believe just how effective my session was. I’ve been so churned up about tomorrow, and now I feel very relaxed about it. As you know, I was very sceptical, but all my ‘churning’ has gone and I’m now really looking forward to my day knowing that I’ll enjoy it.
Client suffering from pre-wedding nerves.
You’ve really turned my life around. I’m feeling so much better about myself; I didn’t think it was possible. I’ve even gone out and had a meal. As you know before I always felt too embarrassed to eat in public. I never would have done that before. Thank you so much.
Client suffering from low self-esteem and lack of confidence.
I couldn’t have made it through my presentation without your help; I was nervous but not as bad as what I would have been without the hypnotherapy. So many people noticed a difference in my behaviour, and the way I carried myself. I shall certainly be calling for help again in the future.
Just a few lines to say what an enjoyable day I had at my daughter’s wedding, I came to see you a couple of weeks before and something worked for sure as I didn’t feel stressed or ill at ease at all. I only had butterflies on the way to the venue and that was it. I did alcohol; I had one glass of bubbly and drank water throughout the rest of the day. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed L*** and R*****’s wedding, I never thought it was possible.
Many thanks for our no-smoking session. Over a month since our appointment and we haven’t had one ciggie! After both smoking for over 40 years it seems like a miracle.
Firstly, let me say that undergoing hypnotherapy with you was one of the best things I’ve ever done – both for myself, and also as an adventure in itself. So thank you very much for that.
Seeing as its now two weeks since I came to see you I thought I would give you an update on my progress.The good news is that I have not smoked since I came to see you, which if I can be honest I am amazed at.
I was so pleased to become a non-smoker with your help, that when my son was in trouble I said to him: ‘I know Diane will help to sort you out’.
I just wanted to contact you to say all is well and that last session seemed to do the trick. I have lost over two stone now which I am very pleased about my attitude to the weight loss process is so much more positive. I will contact you again when I have lost more.
I went to see Diane to see if she could help me with my exam nerves and fear of failure before an important exam. Every time I thought about the exam I felt physically sick and certain that it would be a disaster.
The hypnotism process was much more enjoyable than I had imagined. My initial nerves completely disappeared and I was left feeling thoroughly relaxed.
I brought my very reluctant 13 year old son to see you a month ago. He had already seen a counsellor at school, which was a total waste of time. I knew the benefits of hypnotherapy but was interested to see how you would be able to help this angry, frustrated child.
It’s three weeks now since I saw you, so I thought I would let you know how things were going so far. I consulted you regarding blushing. It hasn’t gone completely but it definitely is less of a problem now. I feel much more at ease and am far more comfortable with myself. I am not constantly thinking about what other people think about me and am surprising myself with how confident I am feeling. I am enjoying being me!
Client consulting with daughter who is terrified of all animals:
I thought I would email you to let you know how Ellis was getting on with cats/dogs since we visited you just before Easter.
We are very pleased with the progress that Ellis is making and she is very proud of herself. The uncontrollable hysteria around cats/dogs seems to have stopped and she is getting more confident having them near her. She is yet to allow for one to walk by her indoors yet, but on the occasions we have visited people with pets she has wanted to stroke them while they are held and she will sit with a grown up when the animal is on the room.
I came to see you on Oct 14 having been a smoker for nigh on 45 years.
I am pleased to tell you I have not had one cigarette in the last 4 weeks. I have found it surprisingly easy to quit and apart from slight cravings in the first few days it’s not been a problem.
Even managed to have a couple of beers without the urge to smoke! I know it is only early days but I am confident I have done with the habit that has ruled me for so many years.
(This client underwent PHA. I previously received a letter from her mother thanking me for ‘giving her daughter back’).
A little while later Sam came for one session only for exam nerves; she had failed the exam before due entirely to her nerves. I received the following two months later:
‘Dear Diane, I hope all is well with you. I just wanted to thank you for your help and to let you know that I passed my exams with distinction. I got 95%; I’m so relieved. Yours Sam’
I first met Diane in early March, 2011. I have to say I was mildly sceptical but certainly keen to give hypnotherapy a try as I had been “yoyo” dieting since my teens.
Having reached my 64th birthday and realised that if I did not actually sort out my problem urgently, I was very likely to develop Diabetes soon as this had run in several generations of my mother’s family. It was really “when” rather than “if” by this time.