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 Keep an eye out on this website for new and exciting treatment options coming soon!
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions) such as checking, washing etc

You could choose to do 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 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.
There will also be new opportunities at Empower Therapies soon if you specifically wanted me as your Practitioner.

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 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.
Empower Therapies will also have new treatment options available soon if you would specifically like to have me as your Practitioner.
Phobias (or Social Anxiety Disorder) Irrational, intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people In NLP Therapy, I would recommend 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

I have not renewed my Lightning Process license at the end of July 2017 and will not be running any further Lightning Process courses. However, I am feeling very excited about new and exciting ways to help people recover. There are several ways that you can make sure you are informed of new opportunities as soon as they are available:

  1. Join my mailing list to receive first announcements. I usually send about 4 emails per year, so it’s not spammy, and every email has an unsubscribe button on it. This will have information about new opportunities at Empower Therapies so that you can decide if you are keen.
  2. Fill in an expression of interest form – if you know that you want to come to me as your Practitioner, you can fill in this form so that you will be sent an application form as soon as Empower Therapies is up and running with its new venture
  3. Join my facebook page for daily inspiring updates
  4. Keep an eye out on this website, which will be totally overhauled when I am ready to launch