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” I would recommend Mickel therapy whole heartedly to anyone with ME, > fibromyalgia, post viral fatigue or chronic fatigue. The results are amazing”

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> I came to Mickel Therapy (and Clare) feeling so desperate for my life back.
> The therapy had been recommended by a friend who had seen results so I was
> hopeful but cautious! After the first session I felt my energy come back and
> after a few more sessions which helped me correct dips I was still having I
> felt 100% better. I was back at my exercise class, travelled on a city break
> with a friend, running with my kids and back to working. All things I never
> thought I would be doing in the foreseeable future. I can’t recommend
> Mickel highly enough, it has given me my life back – I feared my children
> would only remember me as the a bedridden mum. I had taken myself out the
> ‘game of life’ and felt like a silent spectator – but now I have joy, energy
> and motivation again. Clare has been so wonderful and positive right from
> the start. As she had suffered from symptoms I knew she understood
> completely and her intentions were solely to see my health return.
> I would recommend Mickel therapy whole heartedly to anyone with ME,
> fibromyalgia, post viral fatigue or chronic fatigue. The results are amazing
> – my family are speechless at how I’ve turned around.

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“I highly recommend Mickel Therapy, it is the only therapy/treatment that has helped me and in only 4 months (5 appointments)! I have my life back “

I’ve been a veterinary nurse since I was 18. When I was 21 I was working long hours and
regular night shifts, I became run down and ended up with glandular fever. Then 5 years
ago my doctor diagnosed me with CFS and since then Fibromyalgia. I was exhausted
and in pain pretty much all of the time. I was unable to exercise and had to reduce my
hours at work. I couldn’t make plans too far in advance because I didn’t know if I’d be
well enough and I would cancel on my friends all the time. I was stuck in the same boring
routine every day just so I could survive each week. Unfortunately my doctors could not
help me.
A couple of people recommended Mickel Therapy to me so I looked into it and made an
appointment with Trevor and I’m so happy I did. The information he gave me really blew
my mind but at the same time made perfect sense. Almost immediately I was more
energetic and I felt like I had my life back. I started making more plans and being
spontaneous. It also allowed me to recognise that I actually have a problem with my hip
as all the other pain I was experiencing has gone. So now I can focus on sorting that
problem out.
I highly recommend Mickel Therapy, it is the only therapy/treatment that has helped me
and in only 4 months (5 appointments)! I have my life back and I can’t thank Trevor
enough for this!
Amy
March 2019

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“I don’t know how to put into words the immense gratitude I feel for what I now refer to as my miracle cure; towards Leisa Zakeri my therapist and Dr Mickel for his pioneering work”

I had had ME/Chronic Fatigue for the last 14 years and had resigned myself to living
with it, managing the condition through coping strategies that I thought were
working as well as anything could. I had pretty much accepted the conventional view
that it isn’t really ‘curable’. I recognise now that the very coping mechanisms that I
was using were actually exacerbating the problem and I was stuck in a vicious cycle.
A new acquaintance of my husband’s recommended trying Mickel Therapy as she
had been helped by it. I was a bit sceptical actually but as I was pretty desperate I
also thought I didn’t have much to lose from giving it a try.
I am so glad I found Leisa! We hit it off straight away and from the first I knew I could
have absolute confidence in her skills as a therapist and in her as a warm, caring
human being who really understood my experiences. I did throw myself into it quite
wholeheartedly which probably helped I think. I noticed results almost immediately
and this encouraged me to keep going with the new techniques I was learning and to
trust the theory. Leisa was very patient and needed to help me to keep coming back
to the principles again and again so that I really understood what I was doing, why
and how best to approach things as I struggled with them. I felt total confidence in
Leisa; I particularly appreciated that she paid a lot of attention to detail and was very
perceptive and insightful. The therapy is simple in many ways yet challenging in
another because in my experience it is about changing habits and requires
commitment and practice. But that is perhaps also its strength – this isn’t about just
getting rid of feelings of tiredness and other physical symptoms, for me it has been
transformative on many levels.
We had nine sessions in total over a period of five months, and a follow up one eight
weeks later but I was reassured throughout knowing that I could email or speak to
Leisa whenever I needed to between sessions. I really felt that she offered complete
support and the therapy was without question very good value for money.
One fabulous aspect of my recovery has been the realisation that I thought I had got
better a few times before I did Mickel Therapy but looking back I know that I wasn’t
better, I was perhaps only 90% better. Leisa helped me to see how my recovery
could be complete and that I didn’t have to settle for ‘good enough’ in this instance.
There have been some other highlights – my amazement when I saw how much
boredom, lack of joy and fulfilment I was experiencing in my day to day life and I
absolutely had a view of myself that I’m not someone who ever gets bored! And the
joy, how I’ve brought joy back in to my life, found myself again when really I’d
become a little lost somewhere along the way. And I’m well on the way now to
climbing a proper hill again – I’ve had a little practise run and found it easy – and that
was something I had given up the idea of ever being able to do again. I know that I
will need to use Mickel Therapy techniques to keep me well and I am not
complacent but I am like a new woman! And I feel as though I can live the life I want
to now which is huge.

So Mickel Therapy has been quite literally life-changing for me and it really has been
like a miracle, words cannot convey the gratitude I feel. I can’t recommend it highly
enough and Leisa is absolutely worth her weight in gold! Thank you Leisa.
Saddhavati
May 2019

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“I cannot thank Susan enough for all her help and would highly recommend Mickel therapy.”

Before working with Susan I suffered from quite severe anxiety/panic attacks. My days were
ruled by my anxiety and it was beginning to impact my work and my relationships. I felt
hopeless and believed that my situation couldn’t be changed. Mickel therapy was
recommended to me by a colleague, and at first it sounded almost too good to be true, but
after hearing my colleague’s first hand experience and doing my own research, I wanted to
give it a go. Working and talking with Susan has always felt comfortable. She was always
highly approachable and I felt supported and listened to within and out with our sessions. I
was always assured that I could contact Susan between our sessions also if I ever had any
questions. The resources were also incredibly useful and applicable to my day to day life. The
best result I have gotten from working with Susan has been the significant drop in my
anxiety levels, which has allowed me to focus on my day to day life and actually enjoy what
is going on around me. I cannot thank Susan enough for all her help and would highly
recommend Mickel therapy.

LS

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Why I do what I do (By Susan Murray)

Most Mickel Therapists have a recovery story to tell; most have been very ill with ME, CFS or Fibromyalgia, have been through the process of Mickel Therapy, recovered their health and their lives through it and then trained to become therapists in order to help others to do the same.

Since I am different, I am often asked why I became a Mickel Therapist. I have never suffered from these conditions…but my Mum did.

My Mum had ME and Fibromyalgia and IBS and, what seemed like, every single physical symptom ever linked to these conditions. She was largely bed-bound for long periods of time, registered disabled, medically retired and had to be pushed in a wheelchair any time she was able to get out of the house for a while.

I spent most of my teenage years caring for her, with the help of my brother when he wasn’t away at university. It was a difficult time because watching someone you love suffer, day in day out, is heartbreaking. I felt completely helpless. I wasn’t helpless – I did plenty to help; for the most part, I did the housework, took care of meals, made endless cups of Earl Grey tea, helped her get dressed, took her shopping, and generally did whatever she needed as much as I could.

But I still felt helpless. Because, no matter how much soup I made her, how many cups of tea I brought her, how many gifts and cards I gave her, to try and bring some joy into her life, how many times a day I asked her if there was anything she needed, or how many things I did so she wouldn’t have to struggle to do or hurt herself doing, I couldn’t take her pain away. I couldn’t relieve her of her many symptoms. I watched her struggle through every day for years and struggle through the frustration of having to struggle through every day.

And, as far as I, or she – or anybody – seemed to know, at that time, there was nothing that was going to take this away or make it any better. She was prescribed a horrendous cocktail of medicine to take every day but none of it appeared to ease any of it. So, no matter what I did for her, it wasn’t good enough to ease her suffering and I continued to feel helpless.

I loved my Mum, dearly, but her partner had been living with us for a few years and I was desperately unhappy at home, so I left at the age of 18 to go to college and study music. I went from there, with my then partner, down South where I went to university and found work after graduating. Despite frequent visits back during this time, I felt very distant from my home life and family. I had a new set of issues to deal with in my adult life which, I guess, was my main focus at the time.

So, when my Mum tried Mickel Therapy, I knew little of it; I only knew she had started a new type of therapy that involved her having to be honest about her emotions and that it seemed to be making a huge difference to her after only a couple of sessions. I don’t remember being aware, at the time, that she couldn’t continue because she couldn’t afford any more sessions and her partner (who was now her husband) refused to pay for them. I just remember that, instead of continuing to get better, she developed stomach cancer and was gone a couple of years later.

I realised something when she was in the hospice in the couple of weeks before she passed; I realised that she wouldn’t be there if certain things had been different. I suddenly saw the effect certain people had on her and how much they drained her energy.

She had had a traumatic childhood and a difficult adult life. She was not happy. She tried to be but it was as if she didn’t know how, or didn’t have the confidence or support to make certain changes; changes she would have had to make to regain any of her emotional and, by extension, physical health.

I recognised myself in her, at that time, and it scared me. I started to recognise I had fallen into similar patterns and there was someone in my life who was draining me the same way my mum had been drained.

When you watch your Mum die at the age of 57 and you suddenly realise you’re on a similar path and headed the same way, it makes you sit up and pay attention. It makes you question whether you have so little self-worth that you are going to keep yourself in a miserable situation until you also die too young or if you are going to help make your Mum’s life and death mean something.

Was I going to let her die in vain by letting the cycle repeat itself? Was I going to ignore the way she brought me up and everything she taught me? Was I going to ignore all the signs shown to me as I watched her on her deathbed? Was I going to pretend I didn’t have all of her strength and the knowledge, wisdom, ability and will to change the course of my life? Was I hell.

I dramatically changed the direction of my life shortly after my Mum passed away. I left my partner and moved back up to Scotland to be near friends and family again. I started being true to myself. I became me and spent some time getting to know me and accepting me for who I am. I found a wonderful partner and a new direction, career-wise. I decided I wanted to help people and, so, started on a path to become a Counsellor. While on this path, my brother mentioned Mickel Therapy to me; he said I should look into it as he thought I could help a lot of people. I didn’t know what it was but when he told me it was the treatment for ME that my Mum had started, my interest was peaked.

I wasn’t able to help my Mum recover as I didn’t know how, but here was my chance to learn how to help others recover. I looked into it and jumped at the chance to do the training. After starting to practise as a Mickel Therapist, I realised that was where my passion lay and I left my Counselling training behind.

Starting from scratch in private practise and trying to build a reputation and client base is not an easy road, but the difference I have already started to make to people, and the knowledge that I can, and will, help more people avoid further and needless suffering makes it all worth it to me.

If you would like to get in touch with me, you can do so by emailing susanmurray.mickeltherapy@gmail.com, or visiting my website www.mickeltherapyscotland.com, or my Facebook page www.facebook.com/mickeltherapyglasgowandperth.

 

 

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Journey out of symptoms by Clare Caldwell 

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I survived M.E. now I’m thriving.

Saul Levitt, Mickel Therapist

 

 

 

 

 


Advanced Mickel Therapist and Trainer

2006 seems like a long time ago. I guess it is!

That’s the year I fully recovered from M.E.

Let’s back up a little…..

In the late 90s while studying a degree in Marketing at Plymouth University, I was struck down with a horrendous bout of the flu. It meant I couldn’t return to university for over a month.

I remember my first day back at university, everyone excited to see me and welcoming me back and all I wanted to do was crawl into bed. I had to drag myself around with zero energy, the lights in the student common room hurt to look at and I felt dizzy.

Things didn’t get much better for the next few years. I developed food intolerances, couldn’t drink alcohol, had excruciating muscle pains, stomach problem…I could go on and on.

Now, I was never someone that found studying that easy, possibly as I have dyslexia but trying to study for a full on degree while experiencing the effects of M.E. was nearly impossible.

I, as so many others do, tried all sorts of things to get better. I particularly remember my housemates disgust at the smell of me boiling herbs having tried Chinese medicine…let’s just say the taste was less than great.

A few other things I tried: Osteopathy which relieved my aches to some extend but they would have returned by the end of the session, counselling, naturopathy, antidepressants…the list goes on.

Some how I managed to push through to get my degree (a 2:2) and even go on to get a job, meanwhile still struggling with multiple symptoms.

Some years later, looking for a move in career and something different, I decided to travel to Australia for a year. This is something I’d always wanted to do but was pretty daunting given my illness, even though I was somewhat improved by this point.

Anyhow, I went ahead with it and unlike my usual approach to travelling, went without a plan, other than knowing I was staying with some friends on my arrival.

Now I won’t bore you with my tales of travelling but sometime into my stay my sister back home told me of a friend of hers who had got better using Mickel Therapy.

I immediately looked up the website, downloaded the eBook and devoured it. Unlike so many other treatments I tried, there was something about this that connected and clicked with ‘M.E.’

At this time (2006), there weren’t any Mickel Therapists in Australia but there was training in a months time in New Zealand to become a Mickel Therapist Practitioner and something told me that I had to do it.

I applied and after an interview with accepted onto the training and the rest as they say is history.

I remember on the last day of the training having a beer with the other trainees (something I wasn’t able to do during my illness) and feeling fine, so much of my energy was already returning and over the coming weeks and months things continued in this direction, so much so that I thought I’d share a list of a few things I’ve achieved since my recovery:

  • Cycled 65 miles from London to Brighton

  • I have two children both under the age of 5 (neither of which are great sleepers!)

  • Skydived, bungee jumped and everything in between

  • Helped other people like myself around the world also struggling with M.E.

  • Held an art exhibition jointly with my wife and sister

  • Enjoyed simple things like watching a movie without feeling exhausted or in pain

I’m not sure what’s next on my wish list but I know helping anyone I can who’s gone through something similar or worse is part of it.

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A story of hope…

 

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Leisa Zakeri, MSc, BA (hons), MBPsS ; Advanced Mickel Therapist; Supervisor and Trainer.

16/5/2016

“If you learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lessons you were taught, you might be able to help someone else who’s now in the phase you may have just completed. Maybe that’s what it’s all about.”

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Mickel Therapy practitioner training

“I never get angry” I explained to Dr Mickel as I sat in front of him six years ago.  Little did I know the negative impact this unconscious habit of suppressing emotions was having on my physical body.  During the first session Dr Mickel handed me a piece of paper with a message on it – ‘My symptoms are here to tell me to stop running from emotions and start responding honestly to them’. The realisation of what I had been doing to myself for years all of a sudden hit me like a big slap in the face.  His theory fit in with my life story and my gut knew it.  In that moment I realised that my body was a reflection of the sum of my life experiences to date. Along with a sense of relief that he could help guide me, came a surge of secondary frustration, guilt and shame – ‘What on earth have I done to myself?’  However, Mickel Therapy is about taking responsibility without blame.  No one should be blamed if they succumb to illness, but I came to realise that the more I learnt about myself, the less prone I was to becoming passive.  I had not suppressed emotions for years on a conscious level – I was completely oblivious to the detrimental emotional and behaviour habits that had become the norm.  At a young age I was taught (on an unconscious level) that certain emotions should be suppressed, especially anger.  I became the ultimate people pleaser, the yes person, always striving to ‘keep the peace’ and make sure everyone else was ok.  What happened could be described as the paralysis of negative emotions, especially anger.  These behavioural patterns continued into my adult life and as a result I paved a path that did not allow me to express my authentic self and in turn my emotional pot continued to fill.  It got to the point where on some level I experienced what could be described as an emotional ‘shut down’, I was being guided through life solely by my ‘head’, paying no attention to my body’s wisdom and kept stuffing those pesky emotions in my overflowing pot.   It was only a matter of time before the pot was going to blow – for me M.E. was a time bomb waiting to happen!

The pot blew at the age of 26! My body eventually said NO in the form of chronic physical illness.  The physical sensations in my body, which were  a protective mechanism, merely trying to grab my attention to warn me that I wasn’t being true to myself became louder and LOUDER and LOUDER to point where I had no choice but to stop and listen.  I lost my health, my job, my independence and worst of all my sense of self.  I was eventually diagnosed with M.E. and atypical facial pain. The best part of a year was spent either in bed or lying helplessly on the couch. I experienced a long list of debilitating physical symptoms, the worst being a chronic fatigue that on some days made walking 5-10 minutes a battle that I lost.

Fast forward six years…..thanks to Mickel Therapy I have returned to full health and completely turned my life around.  I can now do all the basic things that I struggled with back then – walk, shower, cook.  I have also returned to full time work in the world of Psychology in a role that covers the North of Scotland.  At one point, I never thought I would be able to work again, let alone have a job which involves travelling.  On my journey of recovery through Mickel Therapy I have learnt that while experiencing M.E. was the loss of me, the recovery from M.E. was the re discovery of me. A better version of a me, one that embraces emotions as a guide and as a result allows me to embrace authenticity.  I no longer see negative emotions like anger as taboo but instead a call for action.  My emotional brain centres now lead the way and my ‘thinking brain’ has been kicked into second rank, as it should be.  I can now honestly say M.E. was not only the worst but the best thing that ever happened to me.  This may seem like a controversial statement but illness for me was a great teacher and it had the ability to profoundly shift my perspective on life and change the way I interact with my environment.  It forced me to look within and it gave me back myself.  For this I am eternally grateful.

I made a promise to myself when I was unwell that I would shout loud about any intervention that assisted me in regaining my health. I spent close to ten thousand pounds engaging in both conventional and unconventional treatments that had little or no effect.  Therefore, in a week dedicated to M.E. awareness I would like to shout about Mickel Therapy and give people hope.  Mickel Therapy not only helped me to recover but it continues to help me sustain my health and live a happy fulfilled life.  It has had such an impact that I feel it would be a profound disservice to the M.E. community not to share my experience and assist in the quest to inform people of the links between emotions, stress and physiology.

Leisa Zakeri, MSc, BA (hons), MBPsS Advanced Mickel Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer.

 

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