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NOTE: All testimonials provided on this site are actual word-for-word client experiences. (Occasional typos have been corrected.)

"I am very careful in my referrals to other therapists for my patients. I want only the best and I am not often satisfied. But, from the first meeting, I felt confidence in your professionalism, compassion, therapeutic views, and your desire to have a close working relationship with the "team" treating patients. I have not been disappointed. Your techniques have gotten "stuck" patients moving in positive directions. Your level of communications has been superb. Our collaboration has given me new ideas and rejuvenated my approach. I am convinced that hypnosis is a significant therapy for my patients... and that you are the hypnotist with whom I'll be working for a long time to come." ~ Joyce Kamanitz, M.D., F.A.P.A. West Hartford

"23 pounds and counting... I was 201 on Jan 1st, and today I was 178 with 4% body fat loss!!! And the best part is I don't crave anything!! I have totally disconnected from junk food. If it's not good fuel for the engine it doesn't go in the tank. I can't thank you enough for your advice and wisdom. I tell everyone about you and hopefully they will take the step too." ~ John from Simsbury

"Just so you know, I am doing great and things are going great. You really played an important role in helping me to become a much happier person and get over the emotional trauma I suffered in my life, and for that I will be forever grateful. Thanks again." ~ Alicia from New Britain

"Thank you for helping me with so many issues and making my life better. I think of you often and hope to see you in the New Year." ~ Joan from Canton

"My weight loss has been very steady and very consistent. So far, I've lost 24 pounds. I'm struck by how consistent it's been; there hasn't been a week where I've gone backwards. My original goal was to get from 246 to 200 but now that I've got a pattern going, I see no reason why I can't be 185-190. I don't know how to thank you - I can't find the words. All I can say is that your help has changed my life and I can't thank you enough." ~ Eric from Canton

"Rachel is doing great - she has so much more confidence since she met with you. She was awarded the most improved gymnast and most dedicated gymnast - so you can imagine how happy she is. Besides gymnastics she just seems so upbeat about everything. I feel like a millionaire every time I see her with her wonderful smile - that's all I wanted. Thank you so much for everything - it is truly amazing." ~ Rachel's mom Karen from Simsbury

"I wanted to let you know that before I entered into hypnosis I kept a journal of all my thoughts and experiences. After our session yesterday, I came home and briefly read a few excerpts. I am amazed at how far I have come. I no longer feel, nor identify with those feelings of anxious, self-consciousness and despair. You have given me great insight into myself and my past behaviors so much so that I now know the steps I must take to ensure a bright future. Thank you so very much!!!!!" ~ Anonymous

"Dr. Deborah Gilmour is a dedicated and highly skilled hypnotist. She has been working in the field of human development and neuropsychology for over 30 years and her experience and compassionate manner shine through when she is working with a client. Dr. Deborah has a fine sense of humor that she brings to her sessions. She brings a unique understanding of psychology as well as the invaluable tools of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Hypnosis to her client session. She is able to quickly guide a client into trance accessing the subconscious mind to let go of limiting behavior and beliefs and lead her clients towards more resourceful behavior and personal success.

In addition to being a Board Certified hypnotist, Dr. Gilmour is also a "Hypnotist for Fertility" specialist and her program is successfully enabling couples to achieve their dreams of becoming parents. Each client program is individually designed to lead her client to personal success." ~ Sarah Carson, Certified Hypnotist, NLP Trainer, Hypnosis for Fertility Specialist, International Center For Positive Change, New York, N.Y.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful trip - flying to Phoenix and back! With your help I knew the trip by air would work out very well. I had no qualms before I left your office and was completely confident that all would go well. And it did!! I am still somewhat in awe that this flight could have gone so well. Thanks for making this trip such a positive experience." ~ Jane from Wethersfield

"I just wanted to say thanks again for our 1st session on Monday. You are truly a wonderful person. What a powerful and life changing event! I am still trying to absorb everything I experienced, but have to say that I am feeling great! Again, THANKS and I'm looking forward to our next session." ~Tim from West Hartford

"I knew if you could do it for my sister - the "professional" smoker - you could do it for me and you did!!! Life as a non-smoker is even better than you said it was going to be!! I can't believe I deprived myself of it for all these years. I thank you and my family thanks you for all that you did to help me (and my daughter) conquer that nasty old habit. It was worth the drive." ~ Barbara from New Jersey

"I am doing very well now and am ecstatic about getting and staying thin, fit and healthy!! I weighed myself a week or so ago for the first time in a while and I had lost 16 lbs. since we began!! My sweets now are yogurt, fruit, juice, sugar-free hard candy and other healthy foods. Also for the first time I am starting a pile of clothes to get rid of for good. I have never been able to do that before and it is such an awesome feeling!!! When I think of where I'm headed I get so excited and genuinely happy for myself, for the first time in a long time. Peace." ~ Geri from West Hartford

"I PASSED!!!! It's official - I'm a nurse!! I can't tell you how happy I am to have that test behind me. I could not have done it without out your help. So thank you, thank you thank you!" ~ RN Katie from Ellington

"It was great meeting you and getting started on my road to good health! I ate well last night and exercised ten minutes. Plus I have been doing a lot of thinking, which is good. Thank you for helping me to finally get the ball rolling in the right direction!" ~ Cheryl from West Hartford

"What an amazing difference. The day after our session when we went into rehearsal I actually knew my lines - or as you put it, all the fear and anxiety was gone and they were available to me. I even knew speeches that I hadn't tried to memorize - they must have been on the tape when it was playing? I was able to bring her to life. The whole first act took a giant leap forward. We are now working on the second act and it's not 100% but I'm still not gripped with that awful "I can't do it" feeling. I feel calm and confident. I know I can and if I need a tune-up I know where to go! Thank you Lisa." ~ Carol from Watertown

"Thanks for working with Tyler this week. He was very upbeat upon leaving your office, thanked me several times for taking him, and said he felt much "more confident about things." He also sat right down after school and worked on his homework for an hour which he really felt good about. I can't think of any more worthwhile an investment. Thanks, Lisa." ~ Cheri from Canton

"I just want to say hi and thank you again for all you've done for me. The last couple weeks or so have been interesting in a number of ways. I've lost about 5 pounds... not a huge amount, but something I'm proud of and plan to continue on the downward slide. Tonight for dinner I baked some chicken that I brushed with a little oil and sprinkled with rosemary and parsley. How's that for change? If I sound proud of myself, I am! You've guided me on an incredible journey and I thank you." ~ Diane from West Hartford

"Thanks for the certificate... you should see me now, 30lbs off. That's why they see me and ask "WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?" so I tell them my secret!" ~ Geri from West Hartford

"I didn't want to let too much time pass before thanking you. Thanks to you I was able to get in touch with a lot of things. You are so great at what you do - your techniques, your depth of understanding, your intuition, and so much more. (I can't seem to articulate well at the moment, perhaps a result of the surgery earlier this week.) I so much appreciate the extra time you put into working with me and helping me to heal. I loved working with you and hope to continue after I recuperate."

"Just to let you know, after the surgery (on the 21st), I am doing better every day. I did the right thing and moved forward. It's all still surreal for me, so I haven't really given it much thought until I sat down to write this thank you note to you. Thank you again. You are truly an angel. I hope you are doing well." ~ Rhonda from Killingworth

"For many years I have been on the weight loss yo-yo never managing to sustain any permanent weight loss. I would feel guilty about my inability to use will power in the face of chocolate, late night snacking or uncontrollable urges to eat anything that wasn't nailed down. When I heard Lisa interviewed on the radio, I had hope. Then a friend casually mentioned that she knew someone who had been to Lisa for hypnosis for weight loss and had had wonderful success. Perhaps this was the avenue for me as well. At my first appointment I was very impressed with Lisa's demeanor. She made me comfortable, elicited my story, and gave me all the background information that I needed about hypnosis to enable me to attend to the session with ease. After the session I was tired but empowered. I felt relieved to be off the weight loss treadmill. During the following weeks and sessions I amazed myself. It was such a relief to be free of the cravings, to be able to make healthy choices. When I attended a buffet dinner, I was able to eat little bits rather than pile my plate high with food that I really didn't want. Other times when I went out for a meal, I was able to share or even save half my food for another time.I wasn't concerned with the scale, rather I was happy to be unburdened by guilt or urges. This was a freedom that I had not experienced for a long, long time. I am so happy that I chose to try hypnosis with Lisa." ~ Jim from Farmington

"Everything is going really very well back in China! Even from the flight on, I could definitely notice a huge difference. I am off the sedatives completely since the plane flight and have not encountered any panic attacks. I also just started teaching a dance class to students here and we had our first class on Monday which went very well. I am keeping in mind my be happy mantra and it really is amazing what a difference that makes! Thank you so much for all of your help! You really helped me work through all of the anxiety and i am really grateful! Hope you have a good spring and I will talk to you later! Thank you again." ~ Meghan from Burlington

"I just wanted to say hi and give you an update. I have been working out and eating really well. As of today (9/16) I have lost 7 pounds. My clothes are loose and I feel great. Thanks so much for all your help. The family is eating somewhat better and we decided to take up hiking as a family activity. We went on a nice hike last weekend and my goal is to do it more often but we are on the right track. So...I plan on keeping up the good work; I'm definitely in the mode now!"~ Anonymous

"I'm calling because today is my three month anniversary as a non-smoker. Yes THREE months. I couldn't even do three days before working with you. You have given me a great gift. I feel so free and so healthy - not to mention proud. Thanks - I'll give you a call at the year mark." ~ Stephen from Canton

"Wow, I can't believe my problem is over. I am no longer afraid to try new foods. I can take tests without freaking out. My anxiety level went from through the roof to just right! I was so unhealthy because I was too afraid to try new healthy foods and now I am healthier and happier. Hypnosis works, believe me. I have had this problem for 16 years and it became a lifestyle, never to change. After my hypnosis sessions I have changed and I just can't believe it! I am so grateful and happy, I actually cried over my last session because it has changed my life. My anxiety disorder is gone without the use of medication. Thank you so much for everything, you really have no idea how much it means to me. I would recommend hypnosis to anyone without any problem. Thank you!" ~ Rachel from Canton

"I'm approaching 5 months as a non-smoker. Thank you very much. I've had a couple really crisis feeling moments that used to send me back to smoke, but I replay your words in my head when that happens. You said, "Michelle, even non smokers have traumatic events in their lives and it doesn't make them want to pick up smoking." You are right. I'm doing great. Thank you." ~ Michelle from West Hartford

"I just wanted to let you know that Emily is doing very well. She wrote her first English paper this past week and didn't freak out at all...no anxiety what so ever! Thanks for working with her and helping to tame the beast." ~ Liz from Avon

"Just wanted to let you know I'm doing just great. Have not gotten on the scale, as I have lived with numbers for years and have decided to no longer do that. My clothes have the "feeling" on my body that I was striving for and I am no longer carbo-addicted. Work with the physical trainer is showing results - particularly in strength and that has helped my golf game significantly. I feel terrific and would like to thank you for putting me on the right track." ~ Carol from Jewett City

"I woke up yesterday morning, and the first thought that came into my head was 'go buy a bike.' It's something I've been thinking about for 2 years, and I just got up and did it! I did about 10 miles yesterday and today, and I'm huffing and puffing on the hills, but I'm doing it! Thanks, Lisa!" ~ Cindy from West Hartford

"I went to another hypnosis center for a year and didn't lose a pound. After my first session with you I lost four pounds and continue to lose the weight as well as the old fear that I'd never be thin. Thank you!!!" ~ Sue from West Hartford

"I'm living proof that hypnotherapy works and can do wonders for your mental, emotional and physical well-being. I can't believe how different the session was from what I expected. I think everyone should try it and see what an amazing difference it can make in their life to help resolve fears, anxieties and troubles that just wouldn't go away" ~ Terry from Unionville

"So far I have lost just over 45 pounds... I started at 254 Yikes! And now I am at 210!!!!! I'm doing great on the "diet" (actually I don't call it a diet..) I call it my new eating habits and likes... This has been so easy for me!!!" ~ Carl from Avon

"It worked! I have been a smoker for over 15 years and have tried many different techniques in order to quit. Whether it be nicotine patches or antidepressants, nothing truly worked until I came to Mind Matter for hypnosis. With your help I am now a nonsmoker. Hypnosis was a simple convenient and inexpensive way to get rid of the habit" ~ Mindi from Canton

"Hypnosis has changed my life completely. I left school for the summer and came back forty pounds lighter. My former English teacher didn't even recognize me. Thank you Lisa!" ~ Ben from Wethersfield

"I started hypnosis with Lisa Zaccheo at Mind Matters about five weeks before my baby's due date. I was an admitted skeptic - I was never into the whole hypnosis "thing". After my first session, however, things changed. By my last session, I truly felt in control and prepared for the childbirth experience. Both my husband and my mother were amazed at how relaxed I stayed when they saw my contractions worsen in intensity on the monitor. Delivery took only ten minutes and I did not need an episiotomy. I would encourage all pregnant women to use hypnosis before childbirth." ~ Alisa from Cheshire

"Forty-five years of nicotine addiction gone in an hour!" ~ Pete from Farmington

"Thank you for providing a safe and supportive environment for me to experience a totally new adventure. Your relaxation techniques were remarkable in their immediate effects. I felt totally relaxed and completely alert. At the end of the process, I felt released and renewed. I am pleased and have already recommended you to many of my friends and colleagues." ~ Leslie from Farmington

"Hypnosis has made a profound difference in our lives. I'm so happy that we have discovered you. I've dealt with my weight problem for most of my life, and I now realize that I won't have to deal with it any more. And I've resolved issues that I've been dealing with for 35 years. My children have so positively benefited from their sessions with you. It's so wonderful to see such happy teenagers and know that they have been shown the tools necessary to move on successfully with their lives. Thanks, Lisa. You have saved our family-and we didn't even realize we needed to be saved." ~ Cindy from Wethersfield

"I have has so many encounters with spiders and I've had no problems at all. The tent I slept in had spiders all over it and I slept fine, where as before I would have been awake the entire night in fear. Thank you so much! It's such a relief to have that fear gone!" ~ Ellen from West Hartford

"I haven't wavered, nor have I flinched from the credo to not abuse my body with any improper eating habits or food products. I'm eating well by making proper proportional food group choices, and I'm DAMN proud of it! It's as if I'm not having to make a conscious choice, rather the right move is just naturally occurring. You have helped me take my life back!" ~ Mark from Waterbury

"I am doing so well... hypnosis really helped me. I'm no longer anxious when I go to the cafeteria... and I'm eating so well. I thank you so much." ~ Laura from West Hartford

"My doctor chuckled when I asked for a referral to get hypnosis for my IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I'm the one chuckling now because it's completely gone after only 2 sessions. I am a free woman, thank you so much!" ~ Dana from Canton

"Not only am I sleeping - but I'm dreaming of all the things I'm going to do now that I'm not a walking zombie. I never would have believed it if I hadn't experienced if for myself." ~ Mary from Waterbury

"You warned me not to set my sights too low. I've lost the first 20lbs that I wanted and now I'm ready for more." ~ Diane from Unionville

"Paris was great! The best part was that my friend actually had to remind me that I used to be petrified of flying. Italy here I come!" ~ Mary from West Hartford

"I just wanted to write to thank you for helping me understand that I don't have to live with my IBS symptoms. Two sessions and they're completely gone! I feel so much better and in control of my health. I wish I had know about the healing capabilities of hypnosis years ago. I'm now on the path to a happier and healthier life. Thank you again." ~ Kendra from Canton

"My results are nothing short of remarkable. I understand how insulin is produced, about beta cells, the whole nine yards. For my basals to drop as they have validates how relaxed and comfortable I am. The calmness I feel has actually become quite amusing. I almost feel like I've inherited someone else's body, because I have never felt this way. The results achieved so far have vastly exceeded anything I imagined before walking in your office." ~ Steve from Avon

"Just a quick note to let you know that life could not be better. I have not had a migraine since August. I feel terrific! I had not realized how much the migraines actually affected my day to day life. While I was always able to work or do what I needed to do for my family, I was less focus, felt drained and tired all the time. I now have more energy then ever and find that it takes me less time to do things than before hypnosis. I have to say that I think hypnosis had benefited me in more ways than one. Yes my migraines are gone, but there seems to be more clarity for me as to what is important and I tend to be more laid back than I ever have been." ~ Fran from Glastonbury

"My daughter has had a super semester at school. It has been fun to see her become comfortable with herself and not be afraid to speak about how she is feeling or what she likes or dislikes. She seems to deal with the stresses of everyday teenage life in a more matter of fact way. I no longer see pain on her face that was there so often in the past." ~ Fran from Glastonbury

“Have you ever been so mentally bereft that you didn't know what to do? That was how I felt when I was referred to Dr. Gilmour. It was my saving grace. I had suffered a rare brain infection that left me confused, depressed, unable to sleep and or function. My days were spent in a little room to keep me away from almost all stimuli. I was beginning to believe that there was no help! No one to give me direction to take me out of this horrendous abyss.

The first time I walked into Dr. Gilmour's office I felt safe. From the beginning of my treatments Dr.Gilmour showed me understanding, where others had made me feel mentally ill, she demonstrated true qualities of patience and compassion, empathic listening and genuine caring. She gave me the tools to help me get my life back. You knew she was there for you like an anchor in a storm.

Her background in nursing in the neurosurgical/trauma field could only have enhanced her already unique capacity to make that so important connection with her patients. She showed compassion, understanding, gentleness and kindness that was superb. Hypnotherapy was introduced into my treatment that provided me with the knowledge that I had the ability and the inner strength to overcome my ill health. Quickly I learned how to deal with the stress and had the ability to slow my mind down and relax. To begin a journey that would bring me out of the darkness.

As a neuropsychologist she is not only a talented professional, she is there to do whatever is necessary to help improve your life. I have never met anyone so dedicated to her patients and profession. So wiling to go the extra mile to help improve their lives.” ~ D. Filer, Hartford, CT
“How does one write about someone you have only met through e-mails.  Last year I was talking to a buddy in the US (I’m a 19 years old and a soldier serving in Iraq) and telling him "I'm loosing it man". (A few of my buddies had already been taken and every day I thought I would be next.) After listening to me for a while, he asked if he could give a doctor (and friend) he knew, my e-mail address, he thought she might be able to help. I agreed, but did not think anything would come of it.  Who would take the time without being paid, and if they did, how could they help me from such a distance.

Within a few hours of the conversation I had an e-mail in my inbox. All it said was "I'm here for you, day or night, write me a story, write me a story about a young boy who is in the army, what is his name? (any name is fine), with the exception of your name, and do not use the word "I" use the word  "he"  when you write your story. Tell me if he sleeps well, tell me how strong he is, tell me how proud he is to be an American serving his country, tell me if he has a significant other, male or female, tell me if he had a significant other, what she/he would look like, tell me if he is afraid, tell me if he is angry.  I will be waiting with great anticipation to read your story."  Dr. G.

 I thought she was crazy but out of sheer desperation I wrote a story. That was the beginning of many stories I would write.  Within hours of my sending the first story, there was a reply.  From the very beginning she embarked on a fascinating adventure with me through my stories, How she came up with her stories I will never know, it was if she had been in combat herself. Her understanding and intuition of what was going on in my head was amazing. Not to mention her sense of humor, it was wicked and so unexpected. Her camel jokes were outrageous. I will never look at a camel the same way again. Whether my stories were light hearted or deeply disturbing and graphic, she found a way to guide me, and gave me the ability to weave my own magic into my life in the desert.

I will never be able to repay Dr. G.  I don't know what she did or how she did it, but I began to change, to relax, to sleep soundly at night, to dream of home when I did sleep. I could think of my buddies without the guilt of "why them and not me" , I  saw new purpose to what I was doing, and why I was doing it. I could hear war sounds (helicopter overhead) and be calm and alert instead of feeling panic. Through her story telling I found myself thinking in a way I had never thought before. Or not thinking at all just "doing it", however, at the same time I discovered I had a higher radar frequency in my head and a powerful awareness of my surroundings. I walked patrol with confidence. Guarded but unafraid, with a new inner peace.  In two months I will finish my tour and without a doubt I will be heading North to meet this unbelievable woman who is so committed to her purpose, someone with total dedication to her profession and who turned this young boy into a man. It is suffice to say that I am not the only soldier she writes to. So I think I can speak for all of the guys I know personally she has helped and continues to help. A BIG THANK YOU DR. G., Forever Grateful.”~ Jose,  Iraq

“There is nothing more terrifying to a writer than to come face to face with a creative block, an emotional obstacle that seems to threaten your ability to write another word. I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Gilmour, who used patience and insight into the human mind to guide me through my period of concern.  With her help and expertise in the power of hypnoses, I quickly returned to productive work, and I’ve continued to use her suggestions and affirmations to overcome my fear of failure, the real basis of writer's block. I recommend Dr. Gilmour without reservation.” ~ Don Massey, Hartford, CT. Author, A Matter of Degree
“I have battled obesity all my life. I suffered from health issues because of it. I have asthma, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, shortness of breath and leg cramps. To name a few. Many times, I charged into battle, trying conventional, non-conventional, popular and not so popular methods for losing weight, only to retreat with a profound sense of failure. How could I think of ever putting myself through that again? Could I dig deep enough to find the strength and courage to go one more round?  

With Dr. Gilmour, I felt for the first time in my life that someone understood me. Her weight control program is a combination of therapy and hypnosis. Through therapy, she helped me understand the triggers in my life and worked through unresolved issues that kept me on a revolving diet. Through hypnosis I have regained my strength and confidence. Dr. Gilmour’s program gave me the tools I need to face life's challenges. I have a newfound inner peace.  Most important of all, there is a deep sense of relief knowing that she is there to support me whenever I need it.” ~ Matra Williard, Hartford, CT
“On July 20th. 1980 My life as I knew it changed forever. I was involved in a car accident in which I suffered a severe brain injury, leaving me in a coma for 10 days. I woke up with the mentality of a child of six years old, not remembering my family, how to walk, sit or how to write, basically everything that a young child has to learn. My parents brought me home, however, I received no professional rehabilitation, resulting in me progressing physically but not mentally. 

I moved out on my own and I lost one job after the other and with no job, and an inability to remain living in my own apartment, I began to drink excessively. For years I lived a life of confusion, fear, self-destruction, and overwhelming anxiety, accompanied by extreme depression.  I had lost everything and found my self living on the streets and finally in a shelter.  The best thing that could ever have happened to me. With the assistance of social security I once again moved into my own apartment and began seeing Dr. Gilmour, she was the only brain injury Dr. I found, who would take Medicare and was paid poorly for the services she gave.

Dr. Gilmour, from our first appointment, assisted me from looking up and seeing the bottom, to becoming an individual that is now a productive member of society. I could not have become this person without her expertise in understanding the challenges encountered by brain injured individuals. Her ability to instill the belief that you can make it, and want to strife to be the best you can be, and be proud of who that person is, to make you honor yourself, forgive yourself, and most of all to love yourself. 

Through Dr. Gilmour's, never demeaning, but affirming, cognitive therapeutic approach I was, and continue to be taught, tools used to handle a wide variety of life's challenges. She immediately understood me, as though she was in my head looking out through my eyes. Her insight into my feelings, or lack thereof, astounded me. She taught me to laugh at my self with her Scottish sense of humor , her stories always had a message, a much deeper meanings. She taught me how do the smallest of activities without judgment, just patience and love. Not to mention she was available wherever she was in the world, anytime day or night. 

In conclusion, even today I seek Dr. Gilmours' expertise as an invaluable part of my life. I now own my own home, my own car, have a part time job and have been sober for years. This transformation I attribute to Dr. Gilmour. She saved my  life.” ~ B. Forst, Old Weathersfield, CT
“My family cannot thank you enough for the positive changes you have made in our girls' lives. The girls have more confidence and now know how to handle difficult situation by staying calm and rational using your relaxation techniques. Your compassion, professionalism, and accessibility have helped us through some of the most difficult times in our lives. You are truly a gifted doctor.” ~ Michele, South Windsor, CT 
"I had read all the self help books, I knew all the symptoms so why was it that I was unable to free myself of the shame and guilt I felt from the sexual abuse I underwent as a child. 

I had been in and out of therapy since I was 12 years old. My father took me from one therapist to another. He spent time and money to get me help. He finally gave up on me and told me he had taken me to the most qualified people he could find, that I had seen the best and it was my fault I could not "just let it go". I burned with anger inside. I hated the world and everybody in it. 

I had managed to complete college and graduated as a nurse.  Something else my father hated, his son, a male nurse. He questioned my sexuality, which only deepened my anger. I worked at a local hospital and after a poor work performance review; my supervisor gave me Dr. Gilmour's card and did more than suggest I make an appointment to see her.  This only added more fuel to my inner fire.  I was furious. 

My life consisted of anger outburst, destroying personal property in rages, going in and out of deep depressions, and failing at one relationship after another. I had just failed at another relationship and knew that I was on the roller coaster again.

The first time I met Dr. Gilmour I had an attitude. I did not want another therapist. She extended her hand to greet me, which, I ignored. I followed her into her office and when she was seated I immediately told her that she would be unable to help me.  She rose from her chair opened her office door and said, "your probably right, why don't you not waste my time or yours, just stop by billing and pay your account" she was actually throwing me out of her office and going to charge me for a session. I stood frozen to the spot. Seeing my hesitation to leave, She shocked me even more by her next statement. "lets get one thing clear, I was a nurse long before I was a doctor and should you decide to work with me, I don't tolerate bullshit, you either want help or you don't. My advice is that you sit your self down and tell me what you are so pissed off about and not throw away your money."  

I worked with Dr. Gilmour, and she pulled out of me all the pain and anger I had held onto for so long. She was true to her word, she took no crap. She embraced my anger with open arms and for the first time I felt validated. Within the month I had emptied my guts to her, and never had I felt such gentleness, warmth and kindness.  Her energy flowed around me and I finally felt safe as I lay in a fetal position on her couch and cried for the first time.  

She introduced hypnosis and slowly and lovingly she brought the little boy up through the years. She freed me from the guilt that I had carried for so long. She  gave me the courage to accept myself,  to love myself, forgive myself and most importantly to let go of the anger that was destroying my life. 

I am now married with two children and give thanks frequently to Dr. Gilmour who saw the child within the man and chose to treat the child. She taught me compassion by demonstrating it, she taught me to be a gentler person, a kinder person, which, made me a better nurse, father and husband. Without her help I could never have attained these attributes. At every opportunity I would recommend Dr. Gilmour. SHE was the best “ ~ M. Johnson, Hartford, CT.

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