Subject: RE: Follow Up
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2012 13:27:31 -0500
From: “———-, Oliver [——]” <---------@---------.com>
To: “Brian Mahoney”
Sorry for the extreme delay in response to your email!
I did get this email, but I stored it away so that I could write back, and then things got busy with year end and X-mas Holidays etc. Anyways, I really appreciated the follow up and I definitely wanted to get back to you on how things have been going with me.
Since our last appointment, things have generally been going pretty well. I have had several opportunities to give presentations at work. Nothing that was extremely high pressure (just the one board meeting last year), but all of those well – I have not had to use any of my anxiety relief medications. I had been attending Toastmasters pretty regularly up until about September and got up to doing my 3rd speech. All of those speeches went very well, and my peer feedback was extremely positive. I think my average score was probably a 4.5 or 5/5 on each of those first speeches. Since Sept, my work was filled with travel and other things, all of which interfered with my regular attendance to TM. That being said, I will be going back to the meeting next week to resume that.
I wouldn’t say that things are now perfect, I definitely still have moments of nervousness and anxiety thinking about or before a talk. But, it has not been such an extreme terror as it was before we started our sessions and I feel better about that. I know that I still have a ways to go and I will continue to look at this as continuous self improvement.
Yes, I have been satisfied with the results so far, and working with you was very helpful. I had tried another counselor before and he was much less helpful, though he did help me source the heart drugs (which had helped). However, I really preferred that your approach was more of a whole one and not just a series of Hypnosis sessions (that was really my original expectation), in fact only one of our sessions included Hypnosis. I also don’t think I could have thought about not using the heart drugs before big talks if I had not worked with you. You made me feel very comfortable about what Hypnosis would be and the various exercises and reading materials that you gave me were extremely helpful. I really gained a lot of insights into myself, and I have since better understood that I was creating self-defeating loops of anxiety that were causing me to have unrealistic expectations of myself. I still carry around that list with me in my notebook and refer to every now and then.
Thanks for your help, I do appreciate that I still have a resource in you if I should need any additional help in the future.