What was going on in your life that meant you decided to do the Thrive Programme?
I had struggled with depression, huge highs and lows for years all through my teens and twenties and I wanted to finally address the issue. My girlfriend at the time had recently finished Thrive herself, highly recommended the course and put me in touch with Mary.
What difference did it make to you going through the programme with the help of your consultant?
There were certainly some ups and downs throughout the course, but gradually over time I began to address certain issues I didn’t even know existed and slowly found my confidence in myself again.
Did you enjoy going through Thrive?
Yes definitely. I learned a lot about myself and even though as I said before there were some low moments, with Mary’s reassurance I kept going and it paid off in the end.
Was there a key thing in the programme that stood out to you? And if you’ve tried other interventions or therapies before, what made Thrive different?
I’ve tried CBT and going to the doctors before as well as talking to family, my girlfriend and friends but none of them helped me long term. Thrive has a way of breaking things down and it forces you to look at yourself as opposed to all the other external factors in the world. Once you understand and apply that to your life is when your life changes for the better.
What did you get out of going through the programme?
The biggest thing was feeling like I had a choice. In the past I would blame everything around me including the past and other people for my failings which led to my low self-esteem. I realised that all of my current beliefs actually dictated how I see the world so I started focusing on being positive and reminding myself that I have a great life.
How would you say that your life has changed by going through Thrive?
It’s changed a lot. I feel like I’m in control of my life rather than being dragged along by life. I’m certainly more confident in my own ability as a person and I don’t beat myself up and talk down to myself anymore. I’d say that was my worst habit of all! Life throws a lot at you but if you have solid foundations and strong coping skills you can handle any situation.
What 3 words would you use to describe you and your life 1) before Thrive and 2) now having gone through the programme?
1) Depressed, Confused, Sad
2) Confident, Content, Motivated
Have other people noticed the change in you?
Those closest to me have for sure. I don’t have huge lows anymore I’d say I’m at least a +7 everyday which is something I honestly didn’t think was possible. It’s a great feeling to finally be content with my life.
How have your friends and family benefited by you going through the programme?
They’re probably relieved they don’t have to tread on egg shells or listen to me moan for hours when I’m on a downer! Me becoming a better person has benefited everyone around me and that’s another great feeling.
In what way is your company/business/career benefiting by you going thorough Thrive?
I’m more consistent in my moods and more confident in my ability which allows other people to have more trust in me.
What would you say to anyone who is thinking of going through The Thrive Programme?
I’d say if you’ve struggled with depression, low self esteem or you have a consistent feeling of hopelessness then you have nothing to lose by trying Thrive.
It took me 31 years to find Thrive and I wish I’d found it years ago because its changed my life for the better and with the support of someone like Mary I can’t see how you couldn’t improve your life for the better. Its a fantastic life changing course and I would recommend it to anyone I met.
What’s next in your life now you are Thriving…
I’ve got lots to look forward to with my career and my family around me. For the first time in my life I’m content with who I am which is all I ever wanted! Thank you to Thrive and thank you to Mary!