LHGC Case Studies

Transformed Lives

These few cases have been chosen from the many in the case loads of LHGC therapists (past and present).
Names have been changed to protect confidentiality.

Brian (in his 30s) had not slept well for years and this was draining him of energy and keeping him stuck in a dead end job.

In helping him, Stuart found that there were aspects of his life as a teenager which was keeping him stuck in unhelpful ways of feeling and so changed these. He asked Brian in trance to have a conversation with his teenage persona. Stuart also worked on changing his patterns of behaviour around his sleep (in essence improving Brian's sleep hygiene) and asked Brian to see a nutritionist to check on physical problems he was having. The result was more confident and focused efforts to get Brian's need for movement in his life.

John was suffering from debilitating nightmares for over a month since he was involved in a car accident.

At the first session Andrew used the rewind technique to remove the bad experiences of the accident believing that this would probably remove the nightmares. But John called three days later to say that his nightmares were still as strong and so Andrew suggested that he see him again right away. At the second visit, they went through the subject matter of the nightmares and it was agreed that the anxiety of losing this sense of being able to access a state of flow could be causing the daytime arousal and the subsequent nightmares and disturbed sleep. So Andrew worked on this directly in trance - creating the capacity for him to access this flow state whenever he chose to. John called two days later to say that he had had two good nights sleep and was confident that he would now be OK.

Kate, a 60 year old married woman with two adult sons was suffering yet another bout of debilitating depression - and sleeping badly and lacking energy and motivation.

The past depressions had only lifted slowly and previous counselling, had not made an immediate difference. Kate saw Stuart just three times. He explained why she was depressed in terms of her sleep patterns and helped to change these by helping her worry less and being more active. He also identified the guilty feelings from way back which were the triggers for her depression and helped Kate to remove their capacity to affect her using trance work, knowing this would of course help Kate in the future. After these three sessions, Kate was again leading a fulfilling life and even more important, was confident that depression would not again return to haunt her.

Derek came to see Christine following a violent outburst involving his wife resulting in the police being called and his partner threatening to leave him.

He worked hard and had done well in his job despite a limited education. Married at 21 he had 2 children under 5 and was a devoted husband and father apart from occasional outbursts of anger. As a child he had been the eldest of 3 with an extremely violent father and as he grew up he was often able to protect them and his mother but suffered extreme anxiety when he could not be there to do this. Pattern matching to past events he was over protective towards his wife and children and as he had never been able to tell anyone about his father this resulted in arguments as she felt he didn’t trust her. Rewind had an immediate calming effect and he was gradually able to understand why he behaved as he did which greatly reduced his anxiety as his worst fear was that he was becoming like his father. Christine saw him for six sessions and explored the many ways that his underlying anxiety presented as anger. Eventually he was able to tell his wife about his childhood so strengthening their marriage and improving his life in many ways.

Freda a married woman in her early thirties had been depressed for all her adult life.

She had been told and believed that depression was a chemical condition and had been on anti-depressants for many years. She had spent time in a mental hospital and was now six months into counselling on the NHS which was making her feel even worse. At the first session, Andrew explained why most depressions could be quickly relieved and Freda was liberated by the realisation that her depression was not an illness. By the second session, Freda was more actively engaged in her life and feeling better. Certain traumatic experiences from her childhood were then successfully addressed and removed. In fact Freda had a lot going for her - she was intelligent and had a loving and supportive husband. To her delight, she told Andrew in her third and last session that she was pregnant.

Simon, a thirty year old man had been severely bullied at school.

He was still suffering nightmares from this and found it difficult to hold down a job. As Simon had accumulated many other anxieties it took Mark a number of sessions to reduce the emotional content of these experiences to something ordinary and not threatening (including the nightmares) by using the rewind and to build up Simon's considerable talents so that he could focus on what he wanted to do. He was a talented IT and web designer and after some six sessions was more confident and pro-active

Lena was a singer - talented but unable to perform over many years due to traumatic memories of stage fright and associated fears of auditions.

This failure to express herself had left her lacking self confidence. The difference after just four sessions with Andrew was remarkable. She felt that the stage fright trauma had been ‘biologically removed' by the use of the Rewind and her confidence in company had been transformed. After rehearsing new audition work and reminding her of her strengths (long hidden). Lena was ready to restart her life.

Susan had been smoking since her teens and just could not stop.

She wanted to find other ways of keeping calm and hated her dependence on a filthy habit. She also was trying for a baby. Andrew worked on other ways for her to relax and explained the chemical and psychological causes of addiction. These coube broken by establishing new habits and by a focus on motivation (with trance work very helpful). A month later, Susan cancelled her second appointment. She had stopped smoking.

Naomi, a young woman, had been scared of needles since a child.

She feels she learnt this from her mother and now when she needed to visit a hospital for regular tests; it was becoming a major problem. In just one session, Stuart successfully removed the emotional arousal linked to needles. Naomi reported back a fortnight later - the next hospital visit had passed off without a hitch.

Mary came to see Christine after suffering for many years from various physical symptoms and more recently panic attacks.

As the symptoms of panic attacks are similar to those of a heart attack she had various medical investigations which showed no abnormalities and her doctor had advised her to try some relaxation techniques. She admitted to always being ‘a worrier’ and found it very difficult to relax. In the first session Christine taught her 7/11 breathing which stopped her panic attacks before they spiralled out of control. Mary’s anxiety went back to a very difficult childhood and this was resolved using trance methods. Christine also explore with Mary how her chronic anxiety caused her physical and emotional symptoms. Although she had done responsible jobs and was an excellent wife and mother she saw herself as weak and inadequate because of her ill health and general anxiety. Once she understood that despite her childhood she had shown great courage and resilience in many areas of her life her confidence improved and her symptoms were greatly reduced.

Conrad, a middle aged married man had been aware that over a number of years, he had become increasingly reluctant to travel.  

Matters had reached a head over a planned holiday to the Mediterranean. Andrew worked with Conrad for four sessions. There was a need to refocus certain aspects of Conrad's life which were not working and to learn relaxation methods. He reported back a month later that the holiday had been a great success and in particular that the plane journeys had been relatively calm and stress free.

Justin, a forty year old businessman came to see Stuart in a very agitated and confused state. He had had a disastrous fire in his flat three months previously

and since then had felt progressively out of control. He was sleeping badly, anxious at work and increasingly unwilling to be with his friends and daughter. Justin was clearly suffering from PTSD and so Stuart used the Rewind to relieve the traumatic memories. A week later, Justin phoned to cancel the second session as he was ‘supercharged'. Stuart reflected that perhaps Justin did not realise how fortunate he had been to discover Human Givens. Without this treatment, Justin would have found his life getting more and more difficult - perhaps soon finding himself on anti-depressants, losing his job and finding relationships hard to sustain.

Lyn and Michael had been married for 10 years and had a two year old child. Their relationship had been very happy but now they were having frequent arguments about relatively trivial issues.

Lyn felt that Michael wanted to leave her but my feeling was they still cared for each other and both wanted to save their marriage. As with many couples the changes that happen after the birth of a child can be very demanding on both parents and Michael had also been made redundant at this time which had made him feel inadequate at a time when Lyn most needed his support. Although he now had another job there were still a lot of misunderstandings and they needed to find a strategy for conflict resolution. By exploring how they each needed to get their own needs met before they could meet each other’s and helping them understand the differences between how men and women feel and communicate Christine was able to help them resolve their difficulties after just four sessions.

Deborah was suffering from panic attacks and high anxiety - triggered notably by going on the tube - and this was impacting seriously on her general level of confidence.

Stuart realised that there was two main elements to the debilitating anxieties that Deborah was suffering from. The first was that her financial and personal situation had deteriorated over the past year. The second was that there were previous stressful periods in Deborah's life which had created similar levels of high anxiety and she was repeating a similar patterned of response. Stuart's main focus was to reduce Deborah's general anxiety. He did this by teaching tools, by explaining why she was feeling as she did and by deep trance work. They then worked together on steps Deborah could take to get a new job and move away from the part of London she was living in. Over six sessions, Deborah become more confident and found the job and location she was looking for. And then from this stronger base, Stuart used the rewind to take away the trauma response from the tube.

Carl was in his early forties and sick of living with chronic anxiety, low self esteem and a lack of close intimate relations.

He had spent over two years in psychodynamic counselling and in his first session with Andrew explained with rare eloquence how his childhood and parents had impacted adversely on his capacity to sustain relationships. Unfortunately these insights were not helping him get his life moving as he wished. Andrew worked by using the full panoply of techniques available - CBT, trance work, relaxation and setting tasks. The object was to change emotional and thinking patterns so that Carl could use his considerable resources to get his essential needs met - for fun and pleasure and closer connection and comfort with other people. Over seven sessions, Carl found himself becoming more resilient, less anxious and feeling in increasing control of his life and emotions for the first time.

Adam had been suffering from anxiety which had developed into agoraphobia, and had not set foot outside the house for the past three months.

He had received some counseling and been prescribed anti-depressants which made him feel worse. He was now feeling depressed and suicidal. It was not until Mark's second visit that Adam agreed to meet him, and began to calm down as he was reassured about the treatment. Mark spent a while building rapport, gathering important information (to identify unmet needs and past trauma) and relaxing Adam, before applying the rewind technique. Adam was able to relax deeply, and about an hour later opened his eyes with a smile. Mark said "Fancy going out for a quick walk around the block?" "Ok!" Adam replied casually, and off they went - to the amazement of the rest of the family.

Julie was in her mid thirties, married with three children. She had served a prison sentence for domestic violence against her husband, and had a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

Social Services had placed her children in care. Mark was asked to provide ‘anger management'. He quickly identified that the angry behaviour was due to feeling out of control, and having a low self esteem, low self confidence, and an absence of assertiveness skills. There was also the trauma of sexual and physical abuse as a child. Mark began by using the rewind technique to de-traumatise the childhood abuse. He then helped Julie build self esteem and self confidence, learning and practicing assertiveness skills, leading to her feeling much more in control of her life. It was then possible to introduce other anger management techniques which were quickly effective and so enabled Julie to pass her assessment, and help her to look forward to her children returning home. More continued to be achieved by working with the Human Givens - namely helping Julie to get essential needs met by further enhancing her resources and effective functioning.

During his first therapy session, Mike told Mark that he had been using a lot of cocaine, but now wanted to be able to stop using cocaine completely, and drink less.

His drink and drug binges had meant that he had been sacked form several jobs. Previous attempts to control his drinking and refrain from drugs had failed and both had become an integral part of his social life and had embedded in a belief that without them he would have no confidence and no friends. His goal of wanting a girlfriend was used as a strong motivator for recovery, and helped him to see how the addiction was lying to him by pretending that he was more confident. Using a combination of relaxation, visualisation and CBT based exercises, to learn and develop new skills, change patterns of behaviour, and stay focused on realistic goals, Mike also had the extra motivation of a new job offer. He was soon able to stop binge drinking and using cocaine.

Harold was in his late twenties and following some debilitating and life threatening experiences in late teens found himself leading a fairly directionless, backward looking life.

He drank a lot and from time to time found himself drinking so much in pubs that he lost all sense of what he might have done. This caused him a lot of anxiety. Stuart worked to change the way Harold saw and emotionally responded to his life - particularly helping him get a future focus. And from this new perspective, Harold could begin to make and implement plans for both his professional and personal lives. With a different focus and stress levels much lower, Harold also gained control of his drinking.

Fiona was living a life of some difficulty involving a stressful relationship with her boyfriend

which was spilling over into the family life involving both her and her boyfriend's children. Mark and Fiona worked on controlling her anger and so enhancing her ability to be in control of her emotions. She found in consequence that her relationships improved and this gave her confidence to make other necessary changes in her work and leisure life.

Quentin was a businessman in his early 30s who was finding that family experiences as a child were still impacting on him

now both in his current relationship and his ability to focus at work. Andrew worked on ways for Quentin to be in control of his emotions - and in particular, to be able to stand back from them and recognize them. Andrew also used the rewind to remove strong emotional triggers from his early years. Quentin in fact came to see Andrew regularly over a number of months to help him move on and cope better with different aspects of his working and personal life. Two changes were a much improved relationship with his partner and that his younger brother was now working for him.

Sean, a young boy was suffering from obsessive checking behaviour that was a great worry to him and his mother.

Sean was initially quiet, uncommunicative and having visited counsellors, had little expectation of success. After establishing good rapport, Stuart explained why he was acting as he was and this in itself was enormously helpful. Stuart worked to help Sean develop the tools to relieve the stress at home and at school. Sean found that his patterns of behaviour began to return to normal. He found he was in greater control of his life and able to make good use of his evident capacity for understanding both himself and others

Michele was a happily married middle class Mum with a full social life and being an obsessive hair puller

came to see Mark in some distress. Like all such behaviours, hair pulling is a response to stress which becomes a difficult to break habit. By a combination of learning relaxation techniques and work under hypnosis to change bad patterns and to replace with better ones, Michele found the habit had gone after two sessions.

Dawn came to see Andrew. She was in her late 50s, had a history of low self esteem and had been diagnosed as having borderline personality disorder.

Dawn saw Andrew for eight sessions. Over this period, good rapport was built and relaxation methods were taught. Dawn began to see how she could change her life in certain ways that could fulfill her capacities for friendship and working with animals. However the transforming work involved deep trance work including periodic use of the rewind. In effect, her whole life from the first bad memory as a young girl was reformed so that her emotional experience of her life became more positive and empowering. She became progressively calmer and it was clear that she felt more in control of her life than she could ever remember.
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