Over the years, I have seen some wonderful transformations take place among my clients. Here are some of their stories:

POTS for two years – freedom after The Switch…

Nick developed POTS after having a virus for two years. Life has never been the same.  Now, he has attended The Switch. Here is his fantastic story!


From feeling helpless with fatigue to YAY!

Wendy has had CFS for so long that her teenage daughter has never known a healthy mum. She cried for hours about being so ill.  Suddenly, she is happy and healthy, having attended The Switch at Empower Therapies. Here is her story.

From CRPS to football at The Switch

Kate had a football accident and then developed CRPS. She was unable to walk or attend school. When she attended The Switch, she got rid of all her pain and was back to football training on the morning of Day 2! Here is her story:

Endorsement from an Orthopaedic Surgeon

John Dunbar became intrigued by my work when I was able to fix two of his young CRPS patients. He has since started incorporating mind-body explanations into his sessions with patients and seen dramatic improvements. Here are his comments about working with me:

Emerging enthusiasm for my new course – ‘The Switch’

The first clients have now completed ‘The Switch’ and are absolutely raving about it!  Here is Vivien’s story:

CRPS recovery in just one session!

Watch this video of Sienna as she recovers from CRPS in just one session!

Concussion gone! Bring back the sport!

For 11 months I experienced near constant headaches and fatigue after having two head knocks at a football tournament. This affected most aspects of my life, physically, mentally and socially. I couldn’t do any of the activities I used to enjoy and I felt like my headaches and fatigue would never end. One day I heard of Mel’s success with helping others turn their health around and grew incredibly hopeful. ‘The Switch’ was completely life changing and I would recommend it to anyone.  Mel was incredibly supportive and she really helped me become healthy again. I was amazed at how quick and easy it was and during the course. I went for two 15 minute runs and walked up Rangitoto. I stopped having headaches/fatigue and have been getting back into mountain biking, running and football training. Everything in my life improved, I can study and do exams, I got my restricted driving licence and have reconnected with friends. I am super grateful for what Mel did to help me back to where I want to be in life. It truly was an awesome and empowering experience.

- Mac, aged 17

A calm breath at last…

“Thanks again for such an incredible Switch course. I truly think you have got something INCREDIBLE here and it was such a blessing to be able to participate in it and see some amazing results from everyone, including myself.
The most notable positive effect I’ve had so far is flying feeling completely calm and relaxed without a tranquilizer for the first time since I was 14 [this client is now 27] so this was really quite an unreal experience. I was actually calmer than when I’m on tranquilizers!
I have been feeling really calm and relaxed and confident in my body. I’ve been sleeping well and waking up with lots of energy.  I’ve been eating some different foods and feeling happy about it. I am really excited for the future and all the things I’m going to be able to do now”

Another superb CRPS story!

Madee spent months doing mainstream treatment at Starship Hospital and the Wilson home but was still in terrible pain. She did one NLP session with me and left my house walking! This is quite a long movie created by Madee’s mother to document her full journey into illness, through enormous numbers of treatments and finally (quickly) out the other side into wellness.

Bye bye pain!

This poor client had been off work for several years due to chronic pain. Her pain levels were so bad that she couldn’t shower or dress herself, couldn’t drive, used to be shaking with pain if she went out to see her friends for an hour, couldn’t sit for more than an hour… and two pain specialists from the pain team said she’d never get rid of the pain.
She was bouncing on a trampoline on her Integration Day!!! [Between Day 2 and 3]. She has sat for over 6 hours each day of the course – something that she could not possible have done before the course. She drove 40 mins each way to and from the course each day. She can stand with even weight on her legs. She can shower and dress. She said that her ankle pain is already completely gone and her hip pain is radically reduced. That was all by her fourth day into this journey.

Here is her update a few weeks later:

I have had the best day & a bit (Friday Saturday morning). Last weekend I was unable to stand to put clothes away in my wardrobe or get clothes out to pack for Samoa. I had to take 100mg Tramadol & that still really didn’t help, especially with fatigue.
I am doing really well at ‘Switching’ off lower back pain, hip pain, & ankle pain. I have been doing several Deep Switches as well as Quick ones. With all my excitement I am also doing Switches for calm ;0)
So all that above makes it so wonderful! I stood & walked around the airport for over 1.5 hours without sitting at all & oh the joy of doing no pain symptoms. Plus my speed & freedom I experience walking is markedly improved yay yay yay. I no longer feel like an old lady in a young body. Added thrill of saying no wheelchair needed that was booked for the airport!

I know you understand this thrill!

Life enhancement with The Switch

I attended ‘The Switch’ because I wanted to reduce anxiety, improve my sleep and reduce general feelings of fatigue associated with the above. I noticed when feeling anxious, I could prolong decision-making to make the perfect decision, then spend time doubting my decision, all of this taking up mental energy and time for enjoying life.
After The Switch, I felt my mental clarity  and energy were amazing. I found myself making decisions about things in my life and moving onto the next decision, rather than staying stuck. I knew intuitively the things I wanted to say yes to and the things I wanted to say no to.
I prioritised me and time for me. Previously I had put my husband and children before me. Now I put myself in an equal position and occasionally ahead of them. This means prioritising time for me to do the things I enjoy in life to refill my tank.
I have arranged next year to reduce my work to 2 days a week to allow time to make our home more personally and psychologically comfortable and take time to get clear about my career direction. I have registered to attend a relationship course with my husband.
In addition to those with chronic conditions, I would recommend The Switch to people who feel like their life is going along okay and know it could be even more amazing.

Heights phobia gone in one session!

On top of Ladder after Heights Phobia Treatment

Tina - Heights Phobia Resolved in One Session - this photo says it all!

Another happy Switch client…

Here is a fantastic update, just one month after the course!
I have had wayyy less symptoms, I’m not tired anymore, I’m hardly ever anxious anymore, and most the time I don’t have brain fog!
For almost a year I didn’t go for a walk around my street as in the past this had resulted in having panic attacks and doing lots of brain fog. Now I’m going for runs/ taking my dog for a walk around the street at 5pm traffic!! I think this goes to show I’m not anxious now – haha.
Many little things keep happening which really prove to me just how well I now am. For example 1 month ago it difficult for me to write straight, I would do all school writing on the computer because of this. Now I am doing detailed painting without even needing to use the process!
 I have been going for a 20min run every second day (I would go more but I’m still building up my fitness), gone surfing a lot, having full days shopping with friends, painting + sooo much more.
Some days I haven’t even needed to use the Switch!! I think at the rate I’m going I’ll be 100 % very very soon. At the moment I’d say I’m 90% there.

Free from anger and conflict problems

“My session with Mel helped me see an old problem in an entirely different light and I got a massive breakthrough in the way I was living my life. She helped me to understand my behaviour in a whole new way and allowed me to handle conflict with confidence and to be stronger in myself . She unlocked a very deep unconsious conflict for me and I would recommend her as an excellent practitioner”.


Good sleep restored

“I had struggled with Insomnia for quite a few months. It had begun to affect my work life and my home life and I could see no way out. A friend recommended Mel to me and I was initially very sceptical.

Mel was patient and a pleasure to work with. After two sessions, it was obvious that I had been sleeping better as a result of our sessions. Mel helped me to overcome the anxiety that was causing my Insomnia and to get my worries in perspective”.


Self-esteem soars and depression fades

A client saw me for depression and said that she thought low self-esteem was the cause. She ranked her self-esteem as 3/10 in her first session. In her fourth and final session, she ranked it as 8/10.

“Over ten years, I had three major depressive episodes, in which I stopped sleeping and completely lost my appetite. It was terrifying to feel the bottom fall out of my world.
Mel was patient, intelligent, a brilliant listener and totally calm. I was able to be real with her. She absorbed and understood all that I said and turned it into something useful. I don’t ever have to feel out of control, afraid or worthless again.
Life now is full, light and open to numerous possibilities. I have choices, tools, freedom.”

Name withheld.

Opinion about Mel Abbott

Mel has a fully professional approach both within and in relation to sessions. Within the session she generates an atmosphere of trust and acceptance, making it easy to express the personal and sometimes awkward issues that surround and make up the problem. She conveys respect for the client, so that you feel like an equal among colleagues rather than a helpless patient. Her methods are unintrusive and solution-focussed, rather than dwelling on past failures. She moves you forward in a dynamic, constructive and often creative way, so that you begin to use new resources straight away.


Hayfever resolved in two sessions

J saw me a month ago for Hayfever that had become so bad that he had it all year round, was on high levels of medication and had started having migraines from the medication.
After one session, he was significantly better and also reported feeling calmer and happier at work. After the second session, he reported that he had only sneezed once in 3 weeks, when 30 year old carpet was removed from his building. Here are his comments:

“After my first session with Melanie I noticed a vast improvement from hayfever within days which only continued to improve and strengthen over the following weeks. I feel so much better now, thank you!”

Hayfever resolved in just one session

Lesley had hayfever for 50 years and required medication all summer to cope with grass and pollen. Here is a movie of her session and an interview with her a year later:

Find out more, or sign up!

If you are feeling inspired, visit The Switch page on my website to read more about the course that I offer and to download an application form to sign up!