Karen Lee's story
I have been having difficulties since I met my husband, not that he is the root of the problem you must understand!
My family became... for want of a better description, jealous, of the relationship I have with him. It was apparent from day one that we were very compatible. But, having seen bad relationships from the inside out, I was no stranger to abuse and Narcissistic personality disorder. And now I was seeing it first-hand from people I thought I had known all my life.
I was the one who they always called if there was trouble. So when things went bad, I was left shocked, hurt, bewildered and alone. They all turned against me. My mum, stepdad, aunt, uncle, two brothers and my sister. Not to mention friends I had known all my life had suddenly decided I was a liar.
So after months of written attacks on social media and texts had gotten too much, the final straw happened. My Nana died and no one called or messaged me to say she was even ill. I was devastated. They had used the only thing that could have hurt me, to completely take my legs out from under me.
I asked a good friend who knows me very well (who is also a qualified hypnotherapist) to help me stop the heartbreak I was now suffering on a daily basis. She came over and I did a "doors" session where I closed doors on every single person in my family, and the effect was immediate.
At first, I felt like I was cast adrift - it was unnerving to start with but then it became a distinct feeling of freedom! I decided at that point that the degree I was about to undertake in Psychology was not the direction I wanted to go in. So, I started a three-year course and have now qualified as a Hypnotherapist myself! So you could say that my family put me on the right path without even realising it.
We still don't talk and they still harbour bitterness towards me. But I have learned that it is not my problem. I am now fixing the memory gaps in my childhood, all of which are being put into a book which has been signed by a large American publisher. Onwards and upwards!