name is Gary Condon, I am, Weston's Master Hypnotherapist and Life Change
Coach. This is a brief outline of my own journey of change, I hope it
inspires you and helps you decide to make a positive change and choose me as the person to help
you make a change in YOUR life.
After an accident at work I was unable to return to my job, in
fact, any job at all and soon the debts started to mount up. We (Me My wife and 2 boys) lost our home and had to move into my mum
and dad’s backroom with all our goods in boxes piled up around the walls to make room for our beds and chest of draws.
It became clear that my industrial injury was slowly being made worse by
the onset of depression and I soon found myself in a very dark place. There
seemed to be very little sympathy for my situation, no one seemed to
understand the dark and isolated place depression takes you too, pull yourself
together they said, I was constantly told I was a scrounger because I was on benefits, I was told we all have problems and down days, this
was not at all helpful.
We eventually managed to rent a home and it was decided that I should take on the roll of house hubby, raising my 2 boys
and keeping the home while my wife continued with her career and kept us all
going. As time went by my identity was slipping away and I was
struggling to find the motivation to shave, wash or dress and my roll in
the home was considered by many to be
that of a lay about and my wife was being advised to dump the loser, and all the time my stress levels went
up and my general pain, weight and depression increased.
were spent eating and wallowing over my crap life, looking for blame, I was feeling like a victim of a rubbish life with missed opportunity and now a disability. Before I knew it I had reached a grand weight of 30 + stone, (it used to seem strange to see my scales go round once and then at the 20 stone mark start to go round again) and I had
lower spine degeneration and I felt my family
and the world would be better off without me.
was after nursing my father during his short fight against prostate cancer which ended with his death aged 62 that we decided to move away from London to Dunster
in Somerset which, had been a dream for many years. We realised life is short and too valuable to waste (this was to be proven once again in
2010 by the sudden death of my sister aged 49.
this move would help me feel better and give us a chance to re-evaluate our life. I then was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes which, felt
like it was the final nail in my coffin and I became very unwell.
After a while I realised enough was enough I felt I was as far down as I could go I started to understand it was my responsibility to change my life and I knew I needed to get the right help to do this and so I started on my journey to
recovery and to get my life on a more positive track.
was like starting all over again"
wanted a better life for myself and my family, I wanted my boys to
have their dad back, NO, A better dad, It was time to press on and fight back but this
time I needed to be a new stronger me, I wanted my dignity back and I needed to get healthier, lose weight, I wanted to build my recovery on foundations of concrete not sand
this would be the big push, the final push, I wanted a new life not my old one
GP, offered various Pills, but I am not a
pill type person and touch feely counselling was not for me CBT seemed to consuming with forms and diaries that demanded self examination which was not
something my mind had the time or energy for. I wanted to move forwards not look backwards I had already wasted to much time
wallowing in self pity. I
wanted a more dynamic, more empowering future I was feeling more positive and wanted to get back into the world.
"Once I decided it was time to move, on there was no doubt in my mind that I would"
I managed to secure a job however, as often happens, feeling full of enthusiasm to get on I did to much to fast and suffered the effects of Boom bust and had to leave my job.
Gp eventually, sent me to see an NLP Hypnotherapist / Life Change Coach and
that was the first day of the rest of my life, the page turned on a new
chapter. I started learning about depression and why it happened but most of
all, what I could do too change things going forward.
had previously read some good self help books and listened to some,
generic hypnosis CDs which, but they could never have
replace the skills of good face to face session with a good therapist / coach who would get to know me as an
individual helping me find MY solutions and keeping me focused on my goals
and who would occasionally kick me in the pants and challenge my limiting beliefs and negative values.
learned how to cope with my new life situation and looking back I
can see that the very thought of making these big changes was frightening
and challenging however, no one could do this for me, they could offer the
right sort of help but ultimately it was up to me to do the work and I
was getting the fight back inside me, awaking that inner warrior and my motivation was growing.
As my therapist / coach continued to encourage me I
eventually signing up to an English course at my local college (and many other courses) to lean how to write and understand words, I discovered books and loved them, I loved learning. As confidence grew I signed up as a volunteer crisis line operator with "Mindline"
which felt good as I felt I was giving something back and I
was becoming motivated to learn about the human condition so in 2004 my journey to my present position began. I started by taking a
part time course in counselling which seemed a good place to begin. I
realised that continuing my training as a counsellor was not the route for me I
felt it was a little touchy feeley and to much about trawling over the past looking for blame, courses for horses as they say.
As I progressed with my mind therapy courses in CBT and coaching etc, We decided it was time to step up my training so we sold some stuff and we
invested it in my professional development (such faith shown by my wife and I was not
going to let her down)
Leading Life Coach, Author & My Tutor
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I progressed with my recovery and my training we decided to take an even
bigger gamble, of all, we sold our home in Dunster and we
moved to WSM where I was able to continue my training by attending
a professional hypnotherapy / Psychotherapy course at the South Wests largest hypnotherapy training school in
Bristol. I gained qualifications as a professional hypnotherapist and psychotherapist.
After gaining a qualification as a specialist life change coach I started Phoenix Life Coaching & Hypnotherapy in 2009 and continued to develop my skills as a Master Hypnotist, CBT practitioner, Advanced weight loss and virtual tummy band practitioner, and other qualifications PTSD Dip, Advanced Master NLP, Life coaching, Effective Brief Psychotherapy, and much more.
Positive change is no accident,
It takes commitment,
A backbone and the right help to
MAKE IT HAPPEN !
This has been a costly journey
both financially and mentally but the freedom to live a better life the amazing feeling of getting my
life back on track was worth every penny of it and more.
invested in my future and since making these changes I have done
things, met people and achieved goals, WAY beyond my wildest dreams, I
still remember being told by my senior lecturer, David Newton, at a time
when I doubted myself and my skills, too, "get a backbone" and after thinking he was a (well you know what) I did.
am now registered with the, GHR (Where I have just
been awarded "Senior Practitioner" Status) the CNHC, The NCH and the NHS
directory, I am often asked to do talks (to anyone who will listen) about
the mind and how it works and how hypnotherapy helps make fast and lasting change.
reason for telling my story here is not to bleat or gloat but, to show that I don't talk or work from an ivory tower, I have walked the walk, talked the
talk and have experienced personal challenges first hand, and I now help others who are ready, to change their life.
We all have our own life journey and history so I say, Not all coaches and hypnotherapist work the same way, come and find out how we do it
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