Following a head injury as an 18 year old, I spent 11 years on an invalids benefit with chronic fatigue and pain

I lay on the couch all morning and slept every afternoon from 3-6pm. I could barely walk up one flight of stairs, and was in a neck brace for six of the 11 years.

However, the worst thing for me was the fear that I would never recover, the despair when every treatment failed, and the sadness that my 20s slipped away while I lay on the couch.

But suddenly, aged 29, I got well in just two weeks!

I went to London to attend The Lightning Process – a three day mind-body course.
From the first day, I stopped having afternoon sleeps.
A week later, I danced till 4 am.
Two weeks after the course, I knew I was all better!

The answer lay not in a magic pill but in using my own mind to calm my body’s stress response and allow my body to heal itself.


I used to say “If I ever get well, I will dedicate my life to helping others do the same”.

And that is exactly what I have done.

I gained my NLP Master Practitioner qualification from one of the worlds leading trainers, Phil Parker, in London. I have progressed through the NLP community in New Zealand and am now the President of the NZ Association of NLP. I also have a BSc in psychology, and several years experience as a youth worker and social worker.

Upon my return to NZ in 2010, I set up Empower Therapies and was a Lightning Process Practitioner for eight years, helping over 1300 clients achieve remarkable results from a wide range of health conditions. I saw more than double the number of clients annually as the second busiest LP Practitioner world-wide, and had the longest waiting list.

I am also passionate about extending awareness of mind-body health to the medical community. I have presented at the National GP Conference and the Australasian Integrative Medicine Conference multiple times, with large audiences of doctors giving fabulous feedback about my talks.


In 2017, I launched my own programme, The Switch, which has already helped over 200 people get life-changing results. In its first four months, it helped three people get out of wheelchairs!

It is a huge joy to see my own course helping people to experience the profound changes that I experienced myself. I love hearing the same words that I said to my practitioner:



I am a very high energy trainer with lots of positivity, vibrancy and laughter. I give a lot of encouragement (one client commented that he “enjoyed my over-use of superlatives”). I am also a firm trainer who challenges people very directly if they are doing patterns that are sabotaging their recovery (not always my most popular trait, though usually appreciated in the long run). I am a very careful observer of client’s body language, so that I can see when people have had a breakthrough and when they need more coaching and challenging. Having now worked with so many clients, I have become a lot more intuitive about picking up underlying patterns that are the cause of each client’s illness and helping them to resolve them at a deep level.

The Breakfast Show

Here is a video from my interview on The Breakfast Show, talking about my illness and my recovery.

To see more of my interviews in newspapers, radio and at conferences click here

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Warm Regards
Mel Abbott
Founder of Empower Therapies and creator of “The Switch”
Certified NLP Master Practitioner
BSc (Psych), Dip.Clin.Hyp NLP Coach, CMP NLP, MNZANLP


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