Anxiety and Phobias

While anxiety is the third most common condition I treat (behind fatigue and pain) according to people’s application forms, I suspect that it is actually the biggest client group. A lot of people discover when they get here that even though they had been focussed on some other condition, the underlying cause of their problem was anxiety. Resolving this allows their other conditions to go away also. I have seen around 80-90% of my clients recover from anxiety, usually within a few days, weeks or months.

15% of New Zealanders suffer from Anxiety Disorders, making us second only to the US (Mental Health Foundation, NZ Stats). Effects can range from mild unease in social situations through to a complete inability to leave the house, work or socialize. Wherever you are on this scale, help is available so that you can live a fulfilled and calm life.

Which Treatment Approach is Best for Me?

Anxiety Type Symptoms Treatment Approaches
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Constant worry and heightened stress response, disproportionate to situations, headaches, nausea, sleep problems, digestive problems, sweating I would recommend you attend my full course, The Switch
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions) such as checking, washing etc

You could choose to do The Switch or, if you have this problem in isolation, NLP therapy sessions with my colleague, Pippa Adamson to address the conflict between “part of me wants to do this and part of me doesn’t”. When these parts are listened to and their fears resolved, there is no further need for the compulsion.

Panic Disorder Repeated attacks of intense fear – palpitations, sweating, vomiting or diarrhoea, feeling faint/dizzy. The person lives in fear that another attack will occur.

If you attended The Switch, you would learn techniques to change your habitual responses yourself, as well as learn techniques to find out the original cause of your panic and resolve that. If you chose to see my colleague, Pippa Adamson, for NLP sessions, I would recommend finding the original cause of the panic and resolving that using Timeline Reimprinting Technique.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Can occur after a traumatic event.  The person re-experiences the trauma in dreams, flashbacks and memories. They experience emotional numbing and avoidance and/or have panic attacks, hypervigilance and  insomnia Several people have already done The Switch for PTSD and seen some really great improvements because it gave them back a sense of control over their own responses and gave them tools to rewire their automatic neural pathways. However, The Switch is a group course and, for some people, their trauma is very personal and private and they might prefer individual sessions to resolve it. In NLP Therapy, I would recommend that we use the NLP Trauma Process.  Research on Policemen who experienced terrorist attacks showed that all 70 clients resolved all symptoms in 1-2 sessions and sustained the changes over time (Dr Muss). You can do this with Pippa Adamson.
Phobias (or Social Anxiety Disorder) Irrational, intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people If you have a phobia in isolation (without having a whole lot of other health or anxiety issues), you probably don’t need the full Switch course. The quickest and cheapest approach is the NLP Phobia Technique. Phobias usually form from one very bad experience and result in the subconscious mind automatically replaying a movie of that previous fearful situation whenever similar situations arise. In one session, we simply disrupt the predictable fear movie and replace it with a more useful one. You can do this with Pippa Adamson.

Some inspiration for you

“My aim was to overcome a phobia of heights and I experienced a marked difference after just one session with Mel. I was very impressed with the result, especially because I had been very sceptical beforehand”.


I had another client who had been told by her Psychiatrist that she was the worst case he’d ever seen and she would never recover. She was on so much medication and was still too anxious to be able to look after her own kids. She made a full recovery at Empower Therapies, got rid of the nanny and her medication and is now enjoying family life and has returned to work!

You can also ‘like’ Empower Therapies on Facebook for more inspirational testimonials and success stories.

How to enrol

Note: I taught The Lightning Process for 8 years and saw over 1000 people get excellent results, many of them for anxiety.  I am now feeling very excited about teaching  my wonderful new programme called The Switch, which has already had some excellent results with anxiety sufferers by helping them to access the root cause of their anxiety.  For further information and enrolment options, click The Switch.