Book: Regressions by Jaye C. Blakemore
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Jaye C. Blakemoreabout this book: From the personal journal of Dr. Constance Shirley, August 14, 2015
There are days when I look back to the day of March 15, 2013, and laugh at myself. It's only been a little over two years ago, but to see how foolish of a woman I was back then, it is almost embarrassing. That was the day that I was politely bullied out of Donaldson and Underwood, one of the largest and fast growing private practices in California. I had started the day filled with the stressful promises of a career that would allow me to retire as a multi-millionaire in my early fifties if I wanted to but, of course, I never would have retired so young. I loved the work too much.
The day started with coffee and bagels and ended about four hours earlier than usual with a choice that had, back then, torn into me like razor wire. The thing I remember most about that day was a moment of clear panic, so clear that I could see it in the room like another person. I felt it for a moment and I almost let it consume me. This, I now know, is the equivalent of a child fearing the dark or the monster under their bed. For adults, its career uncertainty and worrying that your livelihood and reputation are going to be destroyed in one fail swoop.
So, for the sake of whoever might read these pages in the future let me paint the picture for you.
I'd been practicing psychology in Beverly Hills with Donaldson and Underhill for nine years, working with seventeen other brilliant psychologists. I had a nice home, the respect of my peers, or so I thought, a nice little dog at home, and a nest-egg stored up in the bank that sometimes made me feel the need to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming.
I liked the people that I worked with and even to this day know that a few of them were responsible for advancing me in my career. I shared lunches with these people, had too much to drink at Christmas parties, and even formed some very close friendships.
On a normal day, my case load held anywhere from eight to ten patients and didn't give me much room for breaks. I was very often the first one in the office and the last one to leave. I started to get of a reputation in Beverly Hills because a great deal of my clientele consisted of actors and directors. I did everything I could to make them feel as if Hollywood were just some fantasy land and didn't own them, but it was hard to get through to some of them. Still, I apparently did my job well, something I always took pride in, because the A-listers kept calling for my services.
One of the reasons they sought me out was because I made it no secret that I used hypnosis in many of my cases only when necessary, of course. The practice I worked in was not known for such methods; in fact, half of the staff firmly stood against it. But because I kept the big names coming through our doors, no one ever gave me much trouble with it. They thought of hypnotherapy as unconventional and only good for dramatic scenes in movies. But I knew that there was sound evidence proving that there were benefits to hypnosis and, in many cases, it could help patients break through emotional blockages they didn't even know were affecting them.
But anyway…I'm rambling. Back to March 13th, 2013. I remember the day a little too well. I remember that it was a gorgeous day. The sky had been clear and spring had come in just enough to sprinkle a thin sheet of pollen on just about everything. Yet at the same time, I had a feeling in my stomach as I drove to work that I think everyone has at least a few times in the course of their lives. It's the feeling that something is going to happen soon. It feels almost like an upset stomach, just not as sharp. It sits in your belly like lead and just sort of floats there until that something does happen. In my personal opinion, I believe there are two types of this phenomenon: one born of excitement and one born of nervousness of a sense of something being wrong.
I was feeling the latter as I pulled my car into the parking lot that day and had no real idea why. Maybe that one patient I had that had nearly killed himself last year was going to relapse. While that would have been terrible, I knew that wasn't it.
And again, yes…I find it peculiar that I was so worked up then. I felt my nerves trying to get to me and even when it all came to a head that sense of something being wrong had stayed around. I went home that day thinking that my life was over and that there was nowhere else to go.
I'm much smarter now.
This paranormal fiction novel by Jaye C Blakemore which captures the very essence of a web of lies, deceit, murder and even a little romance, leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat with anticipation of turning the next page.
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