Letter from patient following an Intensive Retreat with Dr. Palmer for depression, relationship struggles, post-traumatic stress, and alcohol abuse
“I Am. So. Much. Better. I cannot believe how amazing my week was in Florida with my new treatment. For the first time in my life, I am free and at peace. I cannot believe where I am compared to where I’ve been. I get it. It clicked… it’s come together. I have a lot of work left to do, but FINALLY, it all makes sense. I am enough. Me. Just me. I can take care of my kids, my finances, my life, just me. I don’t feel like I have to “be” with anyone. I don’t need anyone to care for me ~ well, I do need support, but I don’t need anyone to carry me. I am good enough for me. I love me for me. I don’t have to fill my emptiness with anyone or anything.. I am filling it with me. I have never felt this way before.
Dr. Palmer has a unique type of technique to rework and rewrite painful memories. It only took 15 minutes, and it worked. I am amazed. Truly amazed. When I recall that painful memory, I smile (where before I was crushed) because I have taken that small, lost piece of me, and put her back where she belongs; safe inside me.
A weight has lifted. The cloud is gone. I’m sitting here grinning like an idiot because I’m out of the darkness and in the light.
I have to thank you. I’m not angry, I’m not hurt anymore. I’m just grateful….”
Letter from a patient who worked on painful memory after struggling with it many years
“Thank you so much, Dr. Palmer. For once, I am very hopeful! I know you have and will continue to give me the tools I need to live a healthy, balanced life. I have recalled the memory that we worked on, and my pain no longer there. Instead, I am standing strong. There is very little emotion attached to the memory now – it’s mostly courage and strength! Thank you…”
Letter to Dr. Palmer years following treatment for young performer’s severe panic attacks and anxiety
Hi! How are you? Just wanted to say hello and tell you how great my son is doing. We won’t forget you… We still talk about her many sessions and how much you helped. He’s now a singer on MTV and YouTube. Hope you are doing great!!
Letter to Dr. Palmer months following treatment for ADHD, Depression, and Alcohol Abuse
Let me begin then by expressing my sincerest thanks for all the help you’ve provided this rocky year. That was about as far as I got with the thank you letter, because, like some of the things we discussed, I needed to wait a little to see if things would start to cave again. They have not! I’m feeling better then ever, have not had a drink in almost 50 days, have gotten some more lessons, live a very active life, only went through half of my last two Adderall scripts and I’m losing a good amount of weight. I’ve met some people my age through Ultimate Frisbee which I’ve started playing a few times a week. There were some other things I was going to catch you up on too, but I don’t remember what they were. I’ll keep in touch and write a list about what else I meant to mention. Oh, I’m still in that same place you helped me find. Liking it. Thanks again for everything.
Letter to Dr. Palmer following elimination of pain and anxiety for painful memory in an Eating Disordered Patient
“Before my trauma reduction with Dr. Palmer for an ex-boyfriend, I still felt a little anxious at the thought of him. I would even avoid places I know he goes to regularly. I was a little nervous going into session, but during I was calm, and I remember feeling like I was really there with him again. But, what I remember most was how I felt after on the drive home. It was this strange feeling of weightlessness! Like everything is Light all around. The thought no longer really bothered me. Still today I don’t get anxious when I think about it. I’ve even gone to a couple of place I know he frequents and I am okay with the idea of running into him. I feel the weight is gone, and even when I bring it up there is nothing attached to it. I’ve been sleeping very well, and it was just so amazing and hard to believe. What Dr. Palmer did was like a miracle for me.”
Letter to Dr. Palmer from a Patient with Substance Abuse, PTSD, Anxiety and Depression about what she came to therapy to accomplish and what she has accomplished
Dr. Palmer, I have gotten more out of working with you than I have from all the treatment centers and therapists I’ve worked with. It’s been so amazing to finally get my life back and be free again and live like a normal 20 year old. I came to therapy to accomplish was healthier ways of coping; a peace when it comes to my childhood traumas; healthier relationships especially with men; stop drug use; more balance in my day to day schedule; better communication with my family; dealing with my past traumas rather than continuing to run and escape with drugs; a better understanding of myself; and living a healthy lifestyle. What I’ve accomplished so far is—abstinence from drugs; better coping skills, more balance and better living schedule; peace with my childhood; a better understanding of myself; healthier relationships; living a healthier lifestyle and better lifestyle choices; and not relapsing even in the most triggering situations! I’m truly grateful for everything you have done for me and my life and for my newfound strength!”
I found this note in my inbox tonight from a patient I took on battling drug and sex addiction involving a fetish that ultimately took hold of his existence. After seeing over 24 therapists in the past and a history of several inpatient treatments with no resolve, he more recently found himself in intensive therapy at the Renew Center. My work with him is not yet done but he is already transformed in ways he could only imagine.
Dear Dr. Palmer: I can safely say that i walked into this experience without much faith in myself, life or the affects of theraputic treatment. I can also safley say that this experience has changed me forever. I have grown as an individual, and i am exceedingly impressed with my experiences within the renew center as well as my life. as soon as i walked into your office, my life suddenly started to change and i started to grow. i kept growing into new territories with a firmer internal foundation within me. i think what’s great about this experience, is that i was never encouraged to do anything i didn’t want to do. i was never asked to change. i found myself wanting to grow and naturally doing so. my life was in ruins, and i was exhausting myself from my addictions and psychological cycles of self-defeat. when I came to the renew center, it was like pressing the “on” button out of the hopelessness and pain that consumed my life. there is truly a back door out of a destructive life. i now believe i was intended to open it. most of my life in therapy, i had dealt with reason and ended with reason. here, it has been one revelation after another. when I got over my illness and addictions i found myself at a heightened state of awareness and self-potential. it’s a beautiful thing, stepping into yourself. constant mind-numbing therapy that didn’t work was part of my defeating lifestyle, until i came here and everything changed in the most riveting natural way. i went from hopeless to eager to motivated to driven. I went from angry to questionable to accepting to loving. i am so grateful for this spiritual journey. i came so lost in the dark and what i saw from my experience was the most beautiful thing, i saw me. Who could ask for anything else? what happened here was nothing less then a miracle.
This is my life work. This is what inspires me. It is what I am meant to do. Some people call me a “shrink”, but my patients dont shrink. They grow and expand and strengthen. To have my hand in that and to witness these miraculous transformations is one of the most amazing life experiences you can ever imagine. So never give up. Believe. And remember…change is possible…recovery is possible…balance is possible…
Dear Dr Palmer,
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for opening my eyes to new ways of dealing with my daughters. I feel amazingly strong, even though I know I will still face battles resisting the motherly urge to “do for” them. But tonight I was successful once again…. I now realize I can fix NOTHING for these two girls, thanks to you. So through my strength I am empowering THEM to make the change!….Plus I really enjoy the laughs you and I have together. Thank you for sharing the fun with me! You are wonderful!” So as I lay in bed wondering how I would do this day of mine ahead and find the energy to push through, suddenly and unbeknownst to her, this patient’s words to me became my spark because hard work and dedication do pay off.
I don’t do what I do for the compliments or applause because this work is not about me. I am an instrument of change and like an artist I truly enjoy the art of my practice of being a physicist of change in peoples lives. But I have to say that to hear about my patient’s own breakthroughs and victories is transformative and inspiring. It makes me feel, especially at my toughest moments like this morning that I am luckiest girl in the world!
~ Dr. Palmer
Latest Success Story & Inspiration. RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE…
“Dr. Palmer, I’m so grateful to have had the privledge to have had you as my therapist. Your unique techniques and skills have remained with me many years after our time. I was so impressed and inspired with the process of recovery that transformed me into the women I am today. You are like an artist, orchestrating therapy techniques designed intimately for those who are in the bondage of addictions, traumas, and disease to become present within, and at peace with their history. Today I embrace life just as is knowing my purpose. I love myself with RESPECT, honor my body with compassion and have dignity. That came out from working with you. It feels AMAZING to be me! I loved everything you gave to my spirit and renewal. Today I love the work of exploring inside ones own soul…the outcome that lead me to freedom. The worst things I suffered have become a priceless treasure. They are my steppingstones not just to serve me, but to help others from a spirit of gratitude and love. I admire and will always cherish you. Thank you Dr.Lisa Palmer for touching my heart and soul to continue to help others grow with courage and faith. Recovery is possible.”
All my love, B.
Dr. Palmer, I’m so grateful to have had the privledge to have had you as my therapist. Your unique techniques and skills have remained with me many years after our time. I was so impressed and inspired with the process of recovery that transformed me into the women I am today. You are like an artist, orchestrating therapy techniques designed intimately for those who are in the bondage of addictions, traumas, and disease to become present within, and at peace with their history. Today I embrace life just as is knowing my purpose. I love myself with RESPECT, honor my body with compassion and have dignity. That came out from working with you. It feels AMAZING to be me! I loved everything you gave to my spirit and renewal. Today I love the work of exploring inside ones own soul…the outcome that lead me to freedom. The worst things I suffered have become a priceless treasure. They are my steppingstones not just to serve me, but to help others from a spirit of gratitude and love. I admire and will always cherish you. Thank you Dr.Lisa Palmer for touching my heart and soul to continue to help others grow with courage and faith. Recovery is possible.”
Dr. Palmer, you have worked miracles for our family.”
Hi Dr. Palmer. You treated Jaime about 2 years ago. She was quite lost and over 100 pounds overweight. She is a mom now, and her son is 14 months. She is graduating from college in December with a degree in social work and has lost about 70 pounds since you treated her. I wanted you to know that she still utilizes the tools you provided her with and I wanted to share her successes with you. I am very proud of her.”
For the first time in a long time I feel hope at the end of the tunnel.”
I am feeling so much stronger, balanced, and happy than I have in many, many years.”
Before I couldn’t even write 10 things I am grateful for. Now I can write at least 50!”
Little changes led to big ones. Change that lasts takes time.”
I was a compulsive overexerciser and thought I could never stop, but I’m living healthy now and feeling good!”
I lost my desire to binge and purge. I have the thoughts sometimes, but it’s not the same.”
I am learning the skills I need, and am finally feeling free from my past.”
I thought I would die bulimic, but now I see a life of possibility.”
I’ve been to many programs, but this program is the best that has happened to me. I just wish I knew about it sooner!”
I feel more fulfilled for the first time.”
I’m standing up for myself and finding my voice like I never have before.”
From the minute I began working at Renew, it was like a miracle happened, and I began to feel better. My anxiety and depression began to lift and now it’s completely disappeared!”
I don’t even need to take medications anymore, and I feel great!”
I am reclaiming myself one session at a time. I feel the difference and it is amazing!”
I now have the skills to bounce back when I feel negative. It doesn’t get the best of me anymore!”
I’m now doing things in my life I never thought I could do!”
For the first time I am not being punished for my behavior, rather I was offered the help I need…”
My daughter has the sparkle back in her eyes. She’s laughing again, but most of all she is motivated to get her life back. I’m so grateful to Dr. Palmer and her dedicated team. It is evident these women are in this field because they truly care.”
I really feel Dr. Palmer gets it. She’s amazing. I never imagined I could feel so good. I feel and look different and more confident and everyone notices.”
I have no urge to drink anymore.”
For years, no one was able to help make a difference. I’m so grateful for Renew.”
I am an instrument of change and like an artist I truly enjoy the art of my practice of being a physicist of change in peoples lives. To hear about my patients’ own breakthroughs and victories is transformative and inspiring.”