Reading your latest newsletter reminded me of a family member I have always struggled to deal with. I would find excuses not to spend Christmas and holidays with family because this particular person would upset me so much with their horrible comments and poor treatment towards me that I would always go home in tears. More often than not I would actually leave celebrations early because I couldn’t hold back the tears any longer.
I came to see a student of yours earlier this year about an unrelated issue, and she picked up a lot of tension towards this person that began when I was a baby, even though I never mentioned it. She worked with me, helping me to release my anger and to learn not to take notice of the hurtful comments. She worked on my self-esteem and helped me realise how much I had already achieved in my life without this persons support. It was an emotional experience but I came away feeling very relaxed, happy and had a renewed confidence.
Recently I had to attend a family event where this person was present. It wasn’t until the next day that I realised I really enjoyed myself. This person acted the same way as always, but it didn’t bother me. Never in my life have I been able to ignore, and not take personally, the awful remarks, and just carry on and be myself and have a great time.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with you and your students. The freedom and self-confidence it has given me really is life changing. I’m currently happy in all aspects of my life and I’m now sleeping well at night. Thank you. Monique