.Zoe, 25, came to me as a cocaine and cannabis user. She also smoked cigarettes and drank quite heavily too.
During her teenage years, she was bullied at school and witness domestic violence at home, towards her mother. She frequently truanted from school, leaving at 16 with no real qualifications. She went from job to job, struggling to hold any of them down for any length of time. Her mental health was rapidly declining.
She had terrible memories of her school years, constantly being picked on. She had even worse memories of her home life, seeing her mother experiencing violence at the hands of her partner. She felt helpless and dreadfully depressed and that’s when she started using.
After years of abusing her body with drugs and alcohol, trying to erase the painful memories of her past, she came across an advert for my Drugs to Dreams Programme. She wanted everything that it offered, but she was afraid that if she stopped using and drinking, that she would no longer be able to keep all those traumatic memories at bay. They were too painful to think about… too terrible to face. Drugs and alcohol had become a way of life for Zoe, they were her coping mechanism.
I listened to Zoe’s fears and concerns and told her that I completely understood. I explained to her that hypnotherapy can help to deal with those frightful things from her past; That I could help her accept, move on and start to heal from them and we could do it in such a way that she felt safe, in control and that she didn’t need to consciously relive them. She could decide what to do with those memories. She could make the choice to let go of the past and start working on carving out a new, positive future for herself. She didn’t need to be afraid. We could work at a pace that worked for her.
Zoe started working with me soon after this and we did a lot of work on releasing that trauma. Here’s what Zoe had to say about the process: "Amy listened. She never judged me. She validated my experiences. Over a few sessions, Amy helped me to let go of so much stuff from the past that I had been trying to block out for so long. I was so scared in the beginning, but Amy really helped to put me at ease and even though some of it was quite hard, it has already made such a big difference. I want to live my life, not hide from it.”
Zoe now has plans to go to college to get herself some basic qualifications and she has lots of ideas for things that she wants to achieve over the next couple of years.