Articles and writing with Linda Connors
This is my story, my journey from pain towards transformation.
12 years ago, I was depressed, anxious, suffering from severe IBS and barely able to leave the house because of pain attacks. I was also grieving for my brother who died in a car crash some years earlier. To deal with my emotions I used alcohol and over spending as a blanket and wall to my emotions. It's fair to say I was in a dark place, I used all my energy pretending I was okay, projecting an image of a fun woman who liked to drink too much and wear nice clothes.
Then about seven or eight years ago I experienced a deeply traumatic event. The walls came up to shut out the pain- so nothing flowed out - but also nothing flowed in. By cutting myself off from my pain, I also cut myself off from who I was as well as feelings of joy and happiness.
I wanted to change, but didn't know how - it felt too scary for me, although I was in a difficult place, the thought of leaving my emotionless sanctuary felt too hard, too scary - it's better the devil you know as they say.
What was the catalyst for change? Too be honest I can't remember, but I do remember feeling that I have a choice, to continue down this path of self loathing, hatred, depression and anxiety or to transform my pain and experiences into something positive, healing and empowerment.
I did make a choice. I started to believe in myself, I paved my own path towards healing through love and personal development, workshops, retreats, meditation, hypnotherapy, counselling, and empowerment.
Today, my life continues to amaze me, I never thought I would be here - like this - and I love my life and I wouldn't change anything that has happened to me as it guided me towards self love, acceptance, and being the person I am today.
By opening the door to my pain, anger, anxiety and depression I gave myself permission to heal and embrace joy, love, self acceptance and happiness. I realised life is about being perfect, it's about embracing
When I reflect back to that time now I don't regret my past. It was all just an experience, which helped me shape not only the person I am today, but also forms the therapist I am today - with the ability to create a healing and positive relationship to help my clients florish and be empowered.
So here I am now - this is me, I am not perfect, I may not have all the answers - but I know what is like to feel despair, sad, anxious or depressed. I also know what's like to transform pain into healing, inspiration and empowerment. I will not hide behind a therapist blank screen. Though my experiences, training, insights and understanding I will show you that's okay to be who you truly are, to open the door to all of your emotions and feelings and embrace them as your inner guide towards inspiration, love and acceptance.
With over six years experiences I work with people, run workshops and talk about healing and self empowerment. By combining hypnotherapy, counselling, coaching and mindfulness, I will share with you all I have discovered to help you to connect with your own path of healing, inspiration and empowerment.
Appointments are available in in 1-7 Harley Street Hypnotherapy and Hampstead, or via skype.
You can contact me on +44 (0) 753 421 3557 - I look forward to hearing from you.