Is your past running your life?

Let go of the past to live more fully in the present

Everyone has a past.

From the moment we are born we have experiences: some good, some not so good and some that can be very bad.

Some people are lucky enough to come through all these experiences, learn from them and let them go, but some of us have a much rougher ride, we may find it hard to let go of the effects of the past.

It’s as if our past life leaks into the present and causes us to suffer.

Three ways your past can cause you suffering:

1. Self-hatred

Maybe your early life experiences led you to believe that there was something wrong with you and you learned to be very critical of yourself. You learned the lesson well and now you spend a lot of time rejecting, punishing and criticising yourself in a way you would never do to another person. It’s as if the critics of your early life are in your head (read more …).

2. Being stuck

We all learn from our experiences, sometimes what we learn does not serve us well. You may have come to unhelpful conclusions about what is possible for you, what you are capable of and what you deserve. Now, when you want to move forward these unconscious blocks hold you back, or force you into old familiar ruts (read more …).

3. Traumatic memories

Perhaps you have had upsetting, painful, or even terrifying experiences and found that those memories that haven’t faded with the passage of time, can still distress you when you remember them. It’s as if you can’t stop yourself reliving those events and all the emotions that went with them (read more …).

If letting go of the past was easy, you would have already done it

You may have tried many things to get over these issues, read all the self-help books, talked things over with friends or professionals; but whatever you have done, the past still seems very difficult to shake off, and you continue to struggle to create the life that you want.

What I do could be helpful to you if you …

  • have traumatic memories that still cause you pain.
  • have nightmares or flashbacks about events in your past.
  • speak to yourself and treat yourself in ways that you would never dream of treating anybody else.
  • think you are not good enough or that there is something wrong with you.
  • feel like you are in a rut you can’t get out of.
  • want to make progress and move forward but feel held back in ways that you don’t understand.

If that is so, I imagine you might like to …

  • take the pain and stress out of those traumatic memories
  • give up having to relive those experiences in all their intensity
  • feel comfortable in your own skin
  • accept yourself for who you are
  • be able to step out of those ruts and do things differently
  • make progress towards your hopes and dreams

I’m Andy Hunt, founder of Practical Wellbeing

Andy HuntSince 2002 I’ve been helping people change the way they think and feel about their world. By letting go of the painful memories, limitations and ideas about themselves they are able to live more fully in the present.

I offer therapy, training and resources that are designed to help people let go of the past and step into the present, I also write on these subjects on my blog.

My goal is to help people help themselves to be free of the emotional and psychological limitations they may have picked up through life.

I am a Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and also a Practitioner and Trainer of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). I’ve been practising NLP since 2000 and EFT since 2004.

How do I help?

I can help people in three ways:

  • As a therapist: I work with individual clients over a period of time to help them release the grip of the past so they can be more fully themselves in the present.
  • As a trainer: I teach people how to use some of the techniques that I use. I train laypeople to use these techniques as self help tools for themselves and loved ones, and I train professionals how to use these processes in their work with clients or patients.
  • As a writer: I write articles and books for the layperson and the professional on the kind of work that I do.

Why work with me?

I treat people with acceptance and understanding and meet them as a person not a problem. I work from where you are and help you get to where you want to go.

My clients tell me that they see me as straightforward, trustworthy, compassionate and resourceful. They also say that I don’t seem to be uncomfortable with anything they say, or judge them in any way, and that they felt in safe hands.

Who I don’t work with

As a therapist I specialise in and do my best work with adult clients struggling with trauma, self-acceptance, or limiting beliefs.

I don’t work with clients with the following issues:

  • Drug and alcohol problems
  • Children and adolescents
  • Weight loss issues
  • Smoking cessation
  • Couples or family counselling.

Although I don’t work with these kinds of issues I may be able to refer you to another therapist who does specialise in these areas.

 

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