Thank you Melanie so much.  For years I have suffered with health anxieties but since seeing you I feel like a changed man.  

In all honesty I was very sceptical at first and was not convinced your treatment would work but I cannot believe how effective it has been.  

I am so much happier and enjoying life so much more.  Even the children have noticed a huge change and we are having loads more fun and laughs together which is a real joy. I cannot thank you enough.

J H Ipswich

Health Anxiety

Hi Melanie,

It is coming up for a year since my son A had his last session with you following his worries about being sick.  He has been a changed boy.  He is more relaxed, confident and enjoying life to the full.  He does have the occasional ‘blip’ as he calls them (and I mean very occasional) but he knows how to deal with it and works through it.  

I will sometimes get a nervy tummy if I hear there is a bug going round at school but before I would then struggle to eat, worry like mad and would be very short-tempered with everyone…..not any more.  

So thank you so much for all you did.  If things slip back then we will come back to see you but for now all is good!  


Anxiety and upset stomach……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

My son has had a fear of dogs for most of his life and it was starting to effect his life in a lot of ways. Even to the point that he wouldn’t go near a dog. If one was coming towards him off its lead he would just run across a road with out even thinking or looking for traffic.

As a teenager this was starting to get us as his parents down. Worrying what would happen when he was out with his friends. Then whist talking to a friend one day she recommend we contact Melanie So we did and everything change completely after just one session we had a completely changed son. We now have a dog ourselves which we never in a million years thought would ever happen.

The help that Melanie gave are son is immeasurable and we can not thank her enough as a family (dog included). I would say to anyone who is suffering or has issues with anything to contacted Melanie because its the best thing we ever done thank you so much.

P & H Ipswich (fear of dogs)

I started High School last year and despite my worrying all last summer, I’m really enjoying it!

I love all my teachers and I have so many favourite lessons its unbelievable!

Thanks to you our way of thinking has completely changed; Mum Dad and me have been a lot more positive. We are still doing the marbles …

Thank you for all the help you gave me and my parents last summer. It’s really changed me as a person. I’m ever so grateful, now I can enjoy life more. On behalf of me, Mum and Dad, Thank you!

G.H., Suffolk, Aged 11 (Anxiety about new school)

Melanie It has been an enjoyable and testing experience coming to see you over the past 4 or 5 weeks. The book has shed so much light on my behaviour which has now given me the confidence to move forward with much more confidence and assertiveness.

I would say that the power lies in talking it through with you, as your patient and caring approach has enabled me to question my behaviour, I would whole heartedly recommend you to any of my friends. My next step is to get my brother and his girlfriend to follow the programme.

Many thanks once again and I’ll be in touch to let you know how I am getting on. Have a good week.

S.L. Essex (Helping with self esteem and confidence)

I just wanted to say a huge thank you ! Lucy is back to the lovely and fun Lucy again 🙂 Thank you for continuing to see us to help improve her confidence and self esteem ready to face any challenges life now brings her and to give her the skills, tools and guidance to help her live a fulfilled and happy life. All your hard work, care and help is very much appreciated by us both. We will of course continue to help ourselves as well as the constant positive work as required.

Lucy’s Mum (Helping older children gain confidence)

My name is Lucy, I’m 14 years old. My mum took me to see Melanie as I was constantly feeling depressed, lonely and unhappy. Melanie has re-trained my whole way of thinking, which has made me realise the reality in events and experiences, other than letting my inner voice take over. This has now caused me to continuously feel happy, relaxed and confident. This will last a lifetime. Melanie has also given me and my mother a book, full of helpful advice and guidance as well as fascinating information which will help me for the rest of my life, so I never go back into my old way of thinking. Anyone who feels the way I felt must see Melanie. She is very experienced, professional, approachable, warm and understanding. You will be happy to talk to her about everything as she is the nicest lady and she will change your life around.

Lucy, Ipswich (Helping older children gain confidence)

I felt profoundly lost in bulimia which I had suffered for many, many years. I saw Melanie as the side effects continued to get worse such as an irregular heartbeat, uncontrollable binge urges and the enamel had almost worn away on my teeth. My bulimia was triggered by trauma in childhood and the uncomfortable emotions I felt such as guilt & shame. It was a way of distancing myself from feelings that seemed unmanageable and overwhelming, such as worthlessness and loneliness. I hated myself when alone. It helped me deal with so much pain I had inside as through purging, all the negative feelings disappeared and I felt comforted. Bulimia for me was a way to gain some control in my life. Feelings buried in my past or fresh from my current life. However, I was just kidding myself as all the emotional trauma remained with me. I was hurting and punishing myself when I really shouldn’t have been. It also felt good knowing that I could eat whatever I wanted and I wouldn’t gain any weight.

I also suffered huge confidence issues as my mother is controlling which made it difficult for me to grow into the well adjusted adult I deserved to be. My father remains emotionally distant and overly critical. They had strict unspoken rules for controlling which emotions could be expressed from an early age. They had little time for me and I felt unimportant. I learnt to monitor as well as hide my feelings and most of the time I denied them. I had no experience about talking about feelings. I also feared other peoples’ feelings too always remaining alert to them, ensuring they were not upset in anyway. As a result, I constantly compared myself to others as well as took remarks as well as situations extremely personally. I was always trying my best to please others in order to feel valued and a worthwhile human being. My best was never good enough. I was always setting myself up for a huge fall. I also saw Melanie for issues around sex too.

Melanie, no matter what I brought in to the room and no matter how I was whether it was nervous, scared, testing, tearful, always remained constant in her reactions towards me, creating a safe place for me to be. This allowed me to begin showing the parts of me that no other person has seen, such as the profound vulnerability and how easily hurt I could be. She allowed me to feel comfortable discussing and opening up about things I would have never discussed with anyone else.

Melanie was always most understanding, open, genuine, patient, professional, consistent, full of empathy and compassion, positive and so easy to talk to about anything. She knew also just when to push me and when to be understanding with me. The ideal Therapist for anyone!

The resultant change in my behaviour has resonated through every aspect of my life. I am now looking at life from a new direction and enjoying the view. She has been a real inspiration to me. I now have an inner calmness and happiness which will always remain with me and a knowing that I can handle and face anything the future now holds with great confidence. It doesn’t seem right for me that all I can come up with is to say thank you to Melanie.

I would urge anyone with any issues to see Melanie no matter how embarrassing or awkward. Choose to change now and live a life that’s full and rich as you deserve and pick up the phone or email Melanie now.

S. Ipswich (Bulimia, child abuse and confidence issues)

Back in January I was at my wits end with Anxiety and Emetophobia. Day to day things like visiting a supermarket or going out to eat were just too scary for me. My life came to standstill as I found it hard to leave my house, socialising seemed impossible and I saw my friends and family less and less. Melanie was recommended to me by a friend and I felt at ease straight away as she talked me through the process of Hypno Analysis. Not every session was easy but it was definitely worth it. Over the weeks I really got to know myself better and understood why I used to feel the way I did about simple things. I felt myself getting back to my old self and gradually began going out again and getting back to ‘Normal’. Looking back it’s amazing how my life has changed I feel so much more positive about everything and if I ever I do have a niggling negative thought I now know how to recognise it and deal with it. I have just returned from a girl’s holiday in Ibiza which, 6 months ago would have been impossible for me to even comprehend. I really feel like I can do anything I want to now! I can’t thank Melanie enough for her help and I would urge anyone suffering with fears/phobias/anxieties to go for it and get help, it really will change your life for the better.

E.D. Ipswich (Emetephobia)

I was given Melanie’s name by a relative, who lives in the South. I wasn’t very sure that anyone could help me, as I was extremely unhappy and had been on anti depressants for 3 years, I had no self esteem and I hated myself as to what I had become.

It took me around about a month to pluck up courage to make an appointment to see Melanie. I had sent her some emails and I had got nice replies. I went to see her on my way down to ……on the 4th August 2012. Melanie put me at rest straight away. From that day I have grown and grown and slowly I am developing into my own person. Melanie has given me some tools for the rest of my life. It has been hard, as my husband, mother, sister are all bullies as well as a people in my work place.

Melanie hears what her clients are saying to her. She has time to listen and go over things. She helps with problems which are outside the her client and gives help to solve that problem.

I have around six stone in weight to loose and I have got the tools to get rid and be this lovely slim lady in this gorgeous dress…..I would like to also say to Melanie, a very big thank you for getting me off my 3 anti depressants and getting me to understand that I am my own person and no one has the right to bully me or to run my life….

Thank you Melanie I am beginning to be me. You don’t know what it means to have had the pleasure of being a client of yours THANK YOU. I hope that we will stay in touch.

Paula, Saxmundham (Depression and low self esteem)

I am a Level II trained practitioner in Lifespan Integration and a PICT Practitioner, (Parks Inner Child Therapy); I am trained to help people to overcome anxiety, trauma, and the ongoing effects of childhood neglect or inadequate parenting. I trained as a therapist with the International Association of Evidence Based Psychotherapy ; a highly successful organisation of analytical therapists established in 1985 (previously IAPH). Members of the IAEBP are bound by a code of practice and ethics and all members have satisfied the Examination Board of the Association of their knowledge and competence. I am a member of the National Counselling Society.

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