Panic Attacks Testimonials and Reviews
Anxiety and Phobias
My apologies for the delay in sending this.
I had been avoiding operation for 12 years that was affecting my quality of life. I have avoided other operations in the past where the consequences of not having it were really serious. I had a serious car accident and need to have the surgery but refused it because of the fear. I was only 14 and my mum was so upset I eventually agreed but on the morning of the operation, I physically couldn’t get into the car. I was lucky and my injury’s healed. But this operation at the latter part of last year had become unavoidable, I was unable to eat solid food anymore and had lost nearly 4 stone in 3-4 months. I spent hundreds of pounds with a “healer” to try to avoid the operation, needless to say, it didn’t help. So my last hope was hypnosis and I wasn’t hopeful but I was desperate.
I contacted Alan after looking up a lot of information online. As soon as I spoke to Alan I felt this little bit of hope, but I wasn’t convinced all the same. Alan made everything simple and he was honest, I told him my operation was less than 2 weeks away, he told me straight this would normally take 3 sessions but he got me in to see him ASAP and do his very best.
On the day of meeting Alan for the session, I was very nervous but when he brought me into the room I was at ease almost instantly. During the session, I got really emotional about halfway through, really unexpectedly. After the session, Alan explained how this was a good thing and that I was releasing a lot of the fear I was holding onto.
After the session, Alan stayed in touch and even contacted me the day after the operation to see how it went and sent me further free audio to help me relax.
I was still really nervous going for the operation that day but I did everything Alan told me to do. I listened to the initial recording several times a day as I had left it so late and could only have one session. But I faced it, something I thought I would never be able to do and in the past had avoided with serious health risks.
I have no idea how to thank you, Alan, nearly 6 months later and I am still in disbelief that I did it.
I suffer from anxiety and past panic attacks and it with full faith I plan to return to Alan to address this as believe with Alan’s help I will be able to live my best life. Alan, thank you…for your professionalism, your kindness and for using your talents to truly help people in their hour of need.
Alan thank you so much again
” Dear Alan Gilchrist, I thought I would write so that you could put this on your wall to help others. Therefore this will probably more of a storytelling affair rather than a thank you.
I began to have trouble going out into social areas and this was beginning to cause real havoc on my life so I went to the doctor and then on to some therapists.
None of these treatments worked and I was apprehensive about your treatment. After the first session I felt nothing and still I can feel nothing under hypnosis yet it obviously had a significant change. I am getting better ever day, driving on motorways, going to school etc.
I do not know how this happened but I am very thankful.
I am still having some panic attacks but they are mainly to do with this cute girl so I think that is pretty natural. I still have to work on that confidence thing.
I will advise anybody reading this that it seams to work. I can give no explanation, except that you should have confidence in it.
Even when things seem to begin to fail again never give up hope as you just have to believe; very corny but true.
I will let Alan explain the rest. Thanks from me and my friends and I also hope I never have to see you again. Ross….Sorry, it took so long.
Busy being normal! “
“Alan, As you know before I saw you I couldn’t go up to the observation floor in the Victoria Centre in Belfast.
Now I’ve just returned from the 70th floor observation floor in New York!!!( Rockefeller Centre).
I could not have done this without you !!!.Thank you Alan – great to feel normal. Hillary D.”
“Dear Alan, I am writing to thank you for helping me with my panic attacks.
As you know Alan, I suffered these for two and a half years following my mothers death and they made my life hell. And now I’ve got my life back. I no longer take them and it’s all thanks to you. Alan, you did what no doctors could do and for this I will always be grateful.
And for others who suffer panic attacks never ever give up. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Forever grateful, Margaret.”
“Dear Alan, just a few lines to thank you so much for all your help, I remember the first night I went down to you. When we arrived I told my husband to go in and that I would follow on. The walk from the car to your front door was like miles.
For the past 5 years I nor my family, have known what a normal life has felt like. Somewhere down the road I got lost and now thanks to you I have got back on the right track. It all started with a flu that I took after the sudden death of my uncle. I dearly loved him and still do , and the shock of that brought on the flu.
During the following year my doctor said I had taken a strain of the M.E. virus. I went from someone who loved life, never sat for a minute, always the life and soul of the party to a frightened, lost, lonely suicidal shell.
I lost all confidence and I could do nothing around our home. Our children had to leave all their after school groups and I wanted no one near me or in our house and my weight ballooned- I was desperate.
For 5 years my husband and I tried our best to struggle through and then I met you, Alan. With you nothing was or is a problem.
During my sessions with you I faced up to the problem that I had never properly said good bye to my uncle. I had never accepted that he had died and with your help and full support I was able to let him go.
I went back to you after that session and I let you believe (or so I thought) that that was me settled. But one Friday night I got a call from you, just to see how I was coping and I don’t know how but you seemed to sense that I was still in turmoil and for 30 minutes you talked to me and made me face up to what had really bothered me from childhood.
I won’t write it all down but you know the details, and for the first time in years I felt relief.
At last someone to talk to and let me talk. Words can never convey my thanks to you, during the weeks that followed you were there day and night. You took the tears and the joy, the anger and rage. I always knew that I had your full support.
Life is now so different. I can go where I want to , I can sleep, I have no more panic attacks, I am enjoying life to the full. I have just enjoyed 2 weeks in the sun and I have lost 2 stone and 5 pounds. In the words of my brother, after 5 years he has got his sister back.
Alan, thanks is not enough to say, but I am so thankful that I took that walk from the car to your door.
Best wishes Caroline”
” Dear Alan, how are you? I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful work you have done in helping me to overcome my fear of having a panic attack in public.
Since having Hypnotherapy I have stopped feeling anxious, and I am now enjoying life again and doing all the things that I have been avoiding for 18 months.
I have even conquered my fear of flying due to my new relaxed outlook, and I am going on holiday this August- my first flight in 15 years. I still listen to your excellent CD once a week and drifting off to that tropical island, with the warm sand between my toes.
Thank you so much, Sharon O “
“Dear Alan, what a life changing experience I have had.
As you know I suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia for seven years.
I had accepted I would have to live with this for the rest of my life as I had tried numerous remedies but all to no avail.
I dreaded waking up every morning, as I never knew what the day would bring. By chance I saw your advert in the local paper and thought that I would give your clinic a try, as I had nothing to lose. It was the best decision I ever made.
My experience of hypnosis is one of the most wonderful relaxing times I have ever had. I was a bit sceptical at first, as I didn’t know what to expect, but you were able to put me at ease (that was a job in itself!).
I would like to thank you for your time and patience and also always being at the end of a phone for me. After all the sessions I am a more confidant, relaxed person. I do not experience fear of stepping out of the door and the panic attacks have stopped.
Life has now a new meaning and I grow stronger each day. Auto Hypnosis, something, which filled me with dread to try to learn it, has now become an automatic reaction, which I can accomplish within two seconds. Thank you Alan for giving me my life back.
Without your help I would never have accomplished this transformation. Stella”
“Just a wee note to tell you that I am still at school full time and intend to stay!
I have got lots of good friends now also. I never really feel really anxious in class any more other than 1 or 2 wee moments.
So basically everything is going OK.
Have a lovely Christmas and I hope the year brings bright new beginnings!
Dear Alan, I want to thank you for your help in my recovery from panic attacks and other problems.
I feel really well now and the fear I had about leaving the house to go shopping etc, no longer exists. I can now go to the supermarket and into town. I can also travel on public transport as well as go for a meal out.
I can now get to these places which I could never do before I saw you. I Play the CD’s you gave me from time to time, although I don’t really need to.
I went to a farewell party at my place of work, alone, just before Christmas, and thoroughly enjoyed it, and felt really at ease and confident. Thank you once again and I hope this letter will help others as it has helped me, to overcome their problems.
Yours Sincerely Francis”
“ Dear Alan, Just a short note to thank you for your help.
As a teacher facing so many demands in a seemingly hopeless situation, I came to ask for help in coping with many difficulties.
Now that I have ended my sessions with you I can see things in a different light. What seemed to be an impossible task now seems to be manageable and within my scope.
There is still a great deal to be done, but I feel that I can now tackle the tasks much more confidently. Above all you taught me how to relax, “relax” was a word to which I had almost totally forgotten the meaning of.
Thanks again Paul.”
“Hi Alan, It’s the honeymooner here! Well I got here and it’s all thanks to you – 2 flights later.
I’m having a ball – no panic attacks – no insecurity, etc. a big THANKS again.
Take care Katherine.”
“ Dear Alan, As you can see by the post card I got here with no Panic attacks!.
Thanks a lot….. Noleen.”
“I want to thank you for your help in my recovery from panic attacks and other problems.
feel really well now and the fear I had about leaving the house no longer exists.”
“I decided to have a go at Hypnotherapy after a friend said she thought it was what I needed to do, I was sceptical and kept saying yes yes sometime.
My friend knows me better than I thought. She had been to see Alan and it had been a big help for her. Having suffered a nervous breakdown I was left with the dreadful anxiety, panic attacks and fears I won’t go into as I feel they are personal to me.
After 4 sessions I can now say two and a half years later that I have experienced only one night with a partial panic attack waking me out of my sleep and I could take control of it. I will always be much more vulnerable, not the strong person I thought I was, but I do now have a much better quality of life and don’t live in fear.
When I went for my second appointment, I remember saying to Alan I was worrying that I wasn’t worrying, he said and I paraphrase, it’s hard to get rid of an old friend. Lynn…………..”
” I have suffered with panic attacks for a few years now but in September for some reason I seemed to have very severe attacks which almost left me unable to leave my home.
As a last resort I came to see Alan. I say last resort because I got very little help from my G. P.
Coming to see Alan was the best decision I’ve ever made. I came for 4 sessions and continued with the self hypnosis.
I can’t believe the difference its made to my life.
I am a lot more calmer, that horrible anxious feeling has gone also , and I have become a lot more confident . It is now January and I’ve been fine. Family and friends couldn’t believe the change in me .
I would definitely recommend hypnosis – it has changed my life!
Thank you so much Alan, Andrea …………..”.
Just a note to let you know that my beautiful daughter arrived without too much trouble or anxiety this summer.
Very many thanks for all your help – the CDs were invaluable….N….”
“ Before I came to Alan in Spain I was almost at my wits end having experienced the worst panic attacks of my life.
Even after the the first session and playing the CD Alan gave me brought considerable relief.
I continued to practice the deep breathing in between sessions and at the end of 4 sessions I am a different man person – much more relaxed and feeling in control.
Many thanks Alan for all your help – it is much appreciated……Des……”
” For the past six years I have been living a life of panic.
I have been unable to sit in a room with the doors closed tight or in the back of a two door car because I felt I could not breathe.
It has been impossible for me to go into shops if I could not see the way to get out again. Travelling on public transport has been totally impossible until I decided to have a consultation with you, Alan.
After I had four sessions with you and can now say I have got my life back!
Sitting in a room with the door closed tight is no longer a problem and travelling on public transport is a delight, and this is all down to you, Alan
Many many thanks for giving me my life back…………… Stephanie……”
” My name is Lindsay and I’m a 28 year old mummy to 2 young girls. Suddenly and inexplicably I started suffering from anxiety around 4 years ago. I’ve always been an outgoing, confident and independent person so to start suffering from this was very confusing, not to mention frustrating.
I carried on and around 8/10 months ago I started to slide into a deep depression and my anxiety got so bad I would have panic attacks. They started gradually but at my worst point I was suffering from up to ten a day, they would come on out of nowhere. I would wake up at 2am having one, or whilst walking own the street.
They were linked to emetophobia (my fear of vomiting). I wouldn’t eat in public, I would have an attack every time I ate or drank anything from fear of getting food poisoning, every time I went to the toilet in case I had caught a tummy bug, every time I had to leave the house, or for absolutely no reason at all.
The attacks themselves were getting worse too, I would completely lose control and not be able to do anything about it, and the more I fought it the worse they got. I was desperate. It was affecting every single aspect of my life.
I decided to look into hypnotherapy as a friend mentioned it in passing, and a quick Google led me to Alan’s website. I saw that panic attacks were mentioned and became intrigued. I emailed him and set up an appointment, what did I have to lose?
I was sceptical. Very sceptical. But I was at the point where I’d have tried absolutely anything to help myself. I arrived at the hotel where he is based in my area and took the stairs up to the floor he was on. I didn’t take the lift in case I had a panic attack. I sat outside the room waiting- nauseous, sweating, shaking, fighting an attack as best I could.
When the door opened I was met with a man who was warm, welcoming and just lovely. He talked to me about what my life was like and the history of my issues. We started the session and within minutes I was so totally relaxed. It was amazing!
After the session ended, I left with a huge grin on my face. I took the stairs down and practically floated down the street to my car. I felt like I could do anything! I followed Alan’s instructions to the letter. That evening I had a bit of a wobble whilst putting my girls to bed but I kept a handle on it. I listened to my CD at least once a day. If I ever felt myself getting panicky I would listen to it and it would almost immediately calm me down.
I don’t know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t what transpired. From that first appointment, I have not had a single severe panic attack. I had 2 minor events but I was completely able to control it and it passed quickly.
It was like he flicked a switch. I had my fourth and final session today and hugged Alan as I was leaving. When I think about the difference his program has made to my life I almost can’t believe it, my only regret is not doing it months ago.
If anyone is reading this and is sceptical, wondering whether to try it, if its worth the money, or for whatever reason hasn’t taken the plunge, I can only urge you to contact Alan. He has changed my life. I am a better mother, a better wife, I’ve lost weight, I’ve started my own business, and I enjoy life. I’m not dreading getting up in the morning any more. I’m able to eat a full meal. I can meet up with friends without thinking twice.
What I’m trying to say is there is hope. Thank you Alan “
” Hi Alan
Just an email to say thanks and let you know how I am getting on. I know you display letters from clients in your waiting room, so if anyone is reading this here’s my story.
I have suffered from stress related IBS for 9 years now, I have good days and bad days but in the past few months I also started to have panic attacks.
I went to my GP who prescribed different medications but none of them seemed to make much difference and the attacks began to happen more and more often. It was getting to the stage I couldn’t even get in the car without breaking out in a cold sweat.
I started to look at alternative treatments online and came across Alan’s website. I was a bit weary at first (the only hypnosis I’d seen before was my husband dancing the funky chicken on holidays!) , but after reading other people’s testimonials online I thought I would try it. I honestly felt better after the first session, I walked out with a sense of optimism that this was going to help me.
It has been nearly a week since my last session and I haven’t had a panic attack.
I still feel a bit nervous at times but I think this is because I was so used to having panic attacks on a regular basis that I’m nearly waiting for one to happen, I’m sure this feeling will go away as I regain my confidence.
The hypnotherapy has also helped with my IBS, I’m starting to feel like myself again.
I can’t thank you enough for giving me my life back. L………….”