Last updated on 10 December 2023


Important Note Before Reading

As you explore the case studies and narratives shared on this blog, I would like to offer some important considerations:

Illustrative Purpose: The stories and experiences shared here are intended to illustrate the coaching journey. They are narratives that reflect common themes and outcomes in coaching, designed to provide you with insights into how the coaching might unfold.

Unique Experiences: It's crucial to remember that each individual's journey in therapy and coaching is unique. The stories presented here are not one-size-fits-all examples but rather serve to highlight the potential paths and breakthroughs that coaching and therapy can facilitate.

Not a Substitute for Professional Advice: These narratives are not intended to diagnose, treat, or provide specific guidance for personal health issues. They are educational and illustrative tools meant to offer a broader understanding of the process.

Client Confidentiality: All stories shared here are with the consent of the individuals involved, and details have been altered to protect their privacy.

Encouraging Professional Support: If you find resonance with the stories or face similar challenges, I encourage you to seek professional support. Therapy and coaching are personal journeys, and a qualified therapist or coach can provide you with tailored guidance suited to your individual needs. Feel free to reach out for personalised support.

Feedback and Questions Welcome: Your thoughts, feedback, and questions about the content shared here are always welcome. They enrich our collective understanding and provide valuable perspectives that benefit all readers.

Remember, these narratives are here to inform, inspire, and encourage reflection. They are stepping stones to understanding the profound journey of personal growth that therapy and coaching can offer.

In a recent session, I had the pleasure of speaking with Benedikt over the phone. Having worked with him in the past, I knew that he was probably the right person to help me navigate my feelings of performance pressure. The session was intense yet incredibly enriching, and it led me to discover a part of myself that had long been neglected.

Benedikt greeted me warmly and we settled into the session. He began by asking me about my goals and what I hoped to achieve through our work together. I explained that I had been struggling with pressuring feelings and the must to perform, of being constantly driven forward. This was truly exhausting.

During the course of our session, I began to elaborate on this aspect of performance pressure and the feeling associated with it. Now that I had taken the time to address this feeling, images started to form in my mind that were clearly linked to it. In my ideal world, it was akin to a soft, lush carpet unfurling before me, aiding me in smoothly advancing in my career. However, when asked how it actually felt in the moment, it resembled more of a whip or a spur, cutting into my skin and relentlessly propelling me forward.

Benedikt asked me to visualise this texture more clearly. As I did, the images became sharper in my mind. I could see the whip more vividly now, cutting through the air. Then I could feel the spurs propelling me forward. It was a male energy that felt both aggressive and supportive. As we explored this part of myself, I came to understand that it was fighting for love, recognition, pride, and validation. I had spent quite some years focused on other aspects of my life that I had neglected this part of myself, which left it feeling unseen and undervalued.

Benedikt helped me to explore that these inner feelings and sensations tend to become louder the longer we ignore them. I came to understand that I need to take better care of myself and that I can perform purely for the enjoyment and fulfilment it brings me. I realised that it's not always about achieving external validation or proving myself to others, but rather about having joy and purpose in my own creative expression. The session helped me once again to recognise that I am okay exactly the way I am, and that my worth is not dependent on external validation or accomplishments.

As the session continued, I began to feel a shift. Instead of feeling whipped and driven, I felt supported and uplifted. Now that I was taking the time to focus on myself and my inner needs, the whip was becoming less powerful. It was as if it had reached out to me in a completely different, soothing way and given me a high-five, a conscious touch that acknowledged its presence without imposing itself upon me.

My performance pressure now transformed itself and became a source of strength and stability, providing me with a foundation that I could rely on as I navigate life's challenges. A wise imprint that left me feeling empowered and confident. As the session came to an end, I was filled with a sense of gratitude and reverence for this part of myself and for having rediscovered it. Benedikt helped me to connect with a wiser, more stable part of myself that knew that I could achieve my goals without being constantly driven. This part of me felt more grounded and aware of my inner strength and dignity. The effects of the session continues ever since we hung up the phone, with a newfound sense of clarity and purpose guiding me forward.

And once again, I had a renewed sense of appreciation for the power of these hypnosystemic transformations. If you're struggling with persistent feelings of performance pressure, I can recommend to work with Benedikt. It has proven to be effective and transformative for me, and it may be able to help you too. The hypnosystemic approach was originally developed and validated by the German therapist and physician Dr. Gunther Schmidt and has been handed down to him through Dr. Vera Popper and Mag. Christine Hoffmann.

If you would like to speak to me about my experience, Benedikt is happy to provide you with my, Ayatos, contact details.


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About the Author Ayato

Introducing Ayato, a seasoned professional within the dynamic realm of media. The high-pressure environment of his field had led to elevated levels of stress and a longing for tranquility, prompting him to seek assistance from Follow The River and its innovative focus on hypnosystemic and embodiment approaches.

Under the guidance of Follow The River, Ayato reported a profound shift towards groundedness and centredness in his daily life. This newfound equilibrium enabled him to deftly manage the demands of his workplace. In fact, according to Ayato's own reflections, his transformation has been so impactful that he has become a vocal advocate for Follow The River and the hypnosystemic approach.

If you wish to learn more about Ayato's transformative journey or to connect with him for a first-hand account, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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