About Mel Abbott

Photo of Mel AbbottMy main philosophy is that you need to fix the underlying cause of illness in order to resolve it. I got well from 11 years of being on an Invalid Benefit with chronic fatigue syndrome.  I have now helped over 1000 people with a wide range of illnesses who are delighted to be able to reengage with a normal, healthy lifestyle. Through working with so many people, I have gained a lot of ability to spot underlying causes quickly in others and help people to resolve them.

As well as personal and professional experience in resolving health issues, I have also done a lot of study. I have a degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Life Coaching. I am a Certified NLP Master Practitioner. Doing most of my training in the UK meant that I had the privilege of being trained by world leaders in the field. In recent years, I have also undertaken training by world leaders of energy medicine and am very excited to have incorporated this into my practise.

It is now my great joy to bring to you my own unique course called ‘The Switch‘, to help you relieve the burden of chronic illness. I love to see other people experiencing the profound changes that I experienced myself and hearing the same words said to me that I said to my Practitioner:

“Thank you. You gave me my life back!”

My own illness and recovery

I had a head injury when I was 18 years old, which led me into 11 years of chronic fatigue syndrome, on an invalids benefit. At my worst (for at least half of that time), I could barely walk up one flight of stairs and had to lean on the rail to give myself more momentum because my legs were too weak to carry me.  I slept every afternoon from 3 – 6 pm for 11 years and spent most of the rest of my time lying on the couch. At my best (in my final year of illness), I could work three mornings a week for three hours if I then came home and slept the rest of the day and had a day’s rest in between.

On June 8th 2008, I attended The Lightning Process, based on NLP (neuro-linguistic programming),  in desperate hope of finding a cure. My daytime naps stopped immediately and within a week, I was travelling around Europe for three months, then lived in England and worked full-time in social services for two years! I have now been back in New Zealand for 8 years and have helped over 1000 people to recover from over 250 different chronic illnesses.

Out of such a difficult time in my own life has come this wonderful opportunity to help others – It is truly my passion!


On June 8th 2018, I celebrated my ten year anniversary of being well!  Here is a movie of this great experience:

Comments About Mel as a Trainer

Here are some of the comments that my clients have made about me as a Trainer:

“Mel presented the course in a fun and interesting way. I also felt that she was extremely discerning and could read people and their situations very well. Thanks Mel!”

“Mel was a fabulous trainer, very thorough and encouraging and the follow up phone calls and emails have been invaluable. I loved the way you were so positive, it helped me to focus.”

“Mel is such a positive, approachable person and she really knows her stuff! The follow up conversations have also been immensely helpful.”

“She was great. She understood what we were going through and knew how to push us so we got better. She believed in us and was always positive.”

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Warm Regards
Mel Abbott
Founder of Empower Therapies

Certified NLP Master Practitioner
BSc (Psych), Dip.Clin.Hyp NLP Coach, CMP NLP, MNZANLP