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Hi Lindsay
Hope you're well!
First. I just wanted to say thank you for all your help. It really
helped! Armed with that assistance, I have made some huge changes in my
life and I am very happy. I recently met the nicest boy in the world
and everything seems to be going really well on that front too.
JG

Panic Attacks

Sarah was a single mum in her late twenties with three young children. She was suffering from daily panic attacks, which crippled her physically and emotionally, even in everyday things like shopping and housework. Any little thing used to trigger her to feel panicked, uptight, stressed and depressed. At night she was also experiencing terrifying nightmares, to the extent that she was afraid to go to bed. She wanted to change because she had met a man who wanted to marry her, but she felt it unfair to inflict her anxiety onto him.

After the first PSH session Sarah was starting to be able to relax a little more than before, and the effects of the panic attacks were less severe. Between the second and third visit she had a hellish week, worse than ever before. By the fourth session she had stopped getting the panic attacks altogether and was able to relax more easily than ever before. Her face was radiant with the change and she looked like a totally different person. She found she was able to manage the stresses of running a household and three kids, a role that she had previously found overwhelming. When I last heard from her, four years after PSH, she had experienced no further panic attacks and she was sleeping well. I noticed also she had changed to her new married name.

Driving Phobia

Peter was a tradesman in his thirties. He lived with his family west of Sydney. He had a warm, quiet personality and he appeared to be a well-adjusted man in control of his life, but on the inside he was suffering turmoil. From the day he got his license when he was eighteen he had never been confident enough to drive his car alone. He had kept the problem hidden from most people, but he told me how lately he’d become more embarrassed because he could no longer hide it from his children. When they were little they saw it as a treat to go in the car with Daddy. Now they were older they resented ‘having’ to go in the car, whenever Mum or Grandma couldn’t go as co-pilots. He was becoming the family joke. He felt belittled by his children’s sniggering and his wife’s mocking and could feel the marriage falling apart. Peter had also noticed a generalising of the problem into a fear of heights, now not being able to climb even a step ladder or a chair, and a phobia of going into shopping centres or crowded places.

Peter lived about an hour’s drive away from my office. He arrived for the first and second therapy sessions with his aged mother as co-pilot (and Grandma couldn’t even drive). However, on the third visit he arrived alone and was understandably pleased with his progress. After that session he tested himself on the way home by going into a large department store where he wandered around without any discomfort. During his drive home to the mountains where he lived, he stopped on the edge of the escarpment at a lookout to eat his lunch. When he told his wife of his success, there was great celebration. I saw him four times.

Erectile Dysfunction

James chose PSH therapy to deal with problems with stress that were causing insomnia and sexual impotence. This had debilitated his sex life over the previous two years. After only one PSH session he was amazed at his ability to sleep soundly and also to have full erectile functioning again, within a couple of days. He could describe the dramatic changes to his symptoms but he could not explain the process behind them. Other male clients with whom I had worked for similar symptoms had reported changes occurring at a different rate or, in some cases, no change at all. What part of James’ mind made the changes so immediately? He had made many previous conscious attempts to change, with no success. This suggests that his subconscious mind was active in his transformation. It also demonstrates that the readiness of the client to make change is another possible variable that will be discussed later.

Transient Depression

Colin (25) defined his depression in terms of occasional suicide thoughts, and a total disbelief in himself. It was a recent condition, which he said was affecting his social life. He was not on any medication. He was in steady employment as a green-keeper, but kept largely to himself. After his PSH sessions he reported that the depression had lifted and that he realised he could achieve a lot more than he thought previously, and that he could, “achieve them to the best quality”. Some months later he also said, “I now only worry about the big things in my life (health, family etc), rather than worrying about all the small things”.

Episodic Depression

Miriam showed a pattern of depressive episodes, which seemed to occur every few months. She was overweight and therefore saw herself as unattractive. Her self-esteem was not strong, and yet she was a successful university graduate on a good professional career path. She had previously had PSH Therapy with another therapist. The sorts of things that would tip her into depression were phone calls from an ex-boyfriend, the broken promise of an employer regarding promotion or salary increases, the impending doom of possibly failing an exam. Miriam also had suffered health problems since birth and was on a lot of medication, including a mild antidepressant. There was one occasion where the letdown in her job was about to set off the usual reaction, but, with some timely counselling support, Miriam was able to take control. We analysed the factors that were involved in her feeling down. These included being a woman in the ‘boys club’ mentality of the corporate world, the power play of company politics, and the fact that she would have to ‘play the game’ if she were to survive in that environment. We talked, therefore, about possible alternative job possibilities, maybe to start her own accounting business, or to even to branch out into something entirely different, like real estate. This redirection of focus allowed Miriam to see beyond the present unpleasant situation and this longer view enabled her to move through the depression in about three days, rather than the usual two or three weeks. The depression switch was tripped, but because she was able to re-set goals she was able to move BEYOND the present crisis with a longer view. Subsequently this translated into a successful application for a new position in a new company.

Panic Attacks

Brenda was about fifty at the time she saw me for therapy. She had conquered her alcoholism fifteen years earlier, but for many years had been on medication for her panic attacks. Despite the medication, these were still a part of her daily existence. Flying in planes caused her a great deal of distress, as did being in other confined spaces. As part of her Alcoholics Anonymous program, and other counselling, she had spent many hours in therapy and had made major changes to her life — apart from the panic attacks. However, when she addressed these for the first time from a subconscious angle there was a dramatic shift. After two sessions of therapy she amazed herself and her family when she went scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and enjoyed it! 

Bipolar Disorder

After a year from hell that ended with a crippling depression, my GP gave me a referral to see Dr Lindsay Duncan. I was in the care of a psychiatrist as well, but needed to heal the deep damage that bipolar depression had inflicted upon my psyche. I had seen other psychologists before and wasn’t too keen on “talking therapy” again, but Lindsay had a lot more to offer than that: through PSH therapy he motivated me to do meditation on my own. Through psychotherapy and life coaching Lindsay helped me to map out a series of strategies that led me to reframe my professional life and to embrace my ups and downs as a part of me to work with — rather than against.
Meds aren't the only available (or possible) treatment for bipolar disorder. I’d say that in most cases, psychotherapy and life coaching are par for the course. Lindsay has the right therapeutic tools and enormous talent to work with what his patients bring in, empowering them to work with what they have. He was also keen to learn about my culture of origin and to factor cultural diversity into the equation — nothing short of remarkable!

MDT