Tom – Stockbroker – age 38
In my line of work, it was not unusual to work long hours. It was something I was aware of before I started working in the industry. Work hard and play hard were the most frequently made comments made to me and it was the general consensus that it was necessary to succeed. After 4 years of working myself to the bone, all the hours I could, I started to notice that I was feeling tired a lot of the time. Initially I put it down to the stress and strain of the job, but as time went on it was getting worse. I tried taking a couple of weeks off, but it made no difference, so I went to the doctors, who told me after a couple of tests that I had chronic fatigue. The diagnosis really knocked me for six. I looked at what treatment options were available and hypnosis seemed like a good idea. I found Alix through her website and made an appt. During the meetings we talked about various things and Alix did her magic. I felt more energised after only two sessions. I certainly feel more positive about the future and for that I have Alix to thank.
Tom had been working so hard to succeed and get recognition that he had neglected himself. He had ignored the warning signs and was running on empty when he came to his first appointment.
During our sessions we discussed Tom’s attitude to work and how his upbringing might have led to him to this point in his life. He was the youngest of three children and had always struggled to get his parents attention when he was growing up .He still felt he wasn’t good enough even though ,in reality, he was doing well in his job,but he couldn’t stop pushing himself to achieve more . He also expressed his grief over the sudden death of his father from a heart attack when he was just sixteen. He had bottled up his feelings and instead of expressing his sadness he buried himself in his studies.
We worked together to help Tom express his feelings of loss and his failure to get approval from his father before he died . This helped Tom to change his attitude towards work so he could set limits instead of over stretching himself. He gradually became more able to enjoy his personal life without feeling compelled to work. As he expressed his unresolved emotions Tom felt like a heavy weight had be lifted off his shoulders and he was able to relax and restore his energy.