Success Stories

Success stories are inspirational; they show us how we can achieve what others have achieved. Read how other people have changed their lives with the Thrive Programme. 

Cecilia H

“I have to do things absolutly perfectly. Half measures just won’t do”.

Cecilia had a very successful career in a male-dominated profession. Eventually she burnt out. Quite understandably her ‘get up and go’ attitude that had previously held her in good stead helped her set up her own business. Cecilia came to see me because although she was working really hard, her business wasn’t a profitable as she needed. She found that she was doing lots for other people and would feel dreadful if her customers were, for what ever reason, unhappy with her work. Her self esteem was non existent. (If this is you then contact me now for your free initial consultation.)

Today I was asked if I could play netball tonight for a team that’s one short. You helped me change “I’d love to but I can’t tonight” to “Yes please, where do I sign”. This is just one of a long line of ‘Yes Please’ or ‘I Can’ times that make up my daily positives. Life is a constant stream of challenges that I rush headlong into with great gusto. I really am me again now and I rather like that.

Cecilia H Cambridgeshire.


Beatles fans like me don’t expect to find life hard going, all that great music should keep anyone happy. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough this time though. Trouble came, as trouble does, and with thin defences, I was rocky at the end of the year. And rock bottom soon after. ‘Acute anxiety’ the doctor called it. I didn’t want to talk, hardly able to mumble Help’, I’m Down, I’m So Tired, or Nowhere Man.

I started to work through The Thrive Programme®, and began to find some hope. I started to grasp that there is a better way to live and there could be a better version of me. By March, I started to hum Love Me Do, We Can Work It Out, and Getting Better All The Time.

I’ve learnt that being kinder to yourself and valuing yourself is important. It’s not about being self centred, or I’m alright Jack. Thriving is about being more robust, less fragile, more reliable, more up for life.

I learnt how to be a more resilient person who is nicer to be around, better able to contribute to life. And by April I was singing Here Comes The Sun, I Feel Fine, I Will, and even Any Time At All.

What a body of work The Thrive Programme® is! I had intended to mark the relevant pieces in the book as I read through it but ended up just about marking it all. The book is 180 pages of wisdom, insight knowledge and guidance, that once you’ve read it, feels like common sense.

Managing my thinking, a simple idea but a new to me, that alone has changed my life. As I became more careful about the way I was thinking I went from despair to repair, worried and low, to get up and go. And and the amazing thing is that it didn’t take long. I know I’ll read The Thrive Programme® book again, many times.

I’ll never be superstitious again either – 13 song titles included here!

I can’t thank Rob Kelly and his team, enough. When I’m 64 is my song of the moment, but the last one is Thank You Girl to the wonderful Kate Patterson. Her insight astounded me, and made me laugh, and her kindness gave me back some faith in human nature.

I’ve only ever read one other book more than once in me life, a book that covers every Beatle song and how each was put together; to me its genius at work – I love that book. It’s the title though that is apt here. The Thrive Programme® is up there with the best!

Lorraine M

Working through The Thrive Programme helped me with my loss.

I met the Lorraine several years ago. She and her husband had a successful business but sadly her husband died and she found running the business on her own extremely difficult. The worst thing for her was the fact that she really scared of being on her own and was frightened of her future. (If you have suffered loss or bereavement and are finding it difficult to look to the future please contact me now for your free initial consultation.)

Lorraine wrote:

Thank you for being there and listening. With your help and guidance and the Thrive Programme everything now makes sense. I am choosing to get on with my life and thoroughly enjoying it. My spectacles are clear. I know how to approach things now. As I take more control of my own life, the book is a continual source of reference and all becomes clearer by the day as I begin to understand my self well and manage my unhelpful thought patterns. Brilliant; being on my own is no longer ‘scared’ of being on my own.

Lorraine M Suffolk


“I’m no good at anything, no one wants to be my friend and school just sucks!”

Lucy and her mum came to see me after being recommended by a friend. Lucy had recently moved from a small primary school into a very large secondary school and was finding the transition very difficult to deal with. She became emotionally volatile and verbally aggressive and her Mum was getting very distressed, not really knowing how to help. They came together for the sessions and we worked through the Thrive for Teenagers Programme. (Please contact if you would like more information or to book your free initial consultation.)

Lucy’s Mum wrote:

“We are so glad we took the plunge and came to see you. Both Lucy and myself have learnt a lot: how to turn things around by being able to view life in a clearer way.  It is very apparent to us that with certain things or situations, Lucy is thinking them through and making an effort to try, where before she would just blank them out or write them off, and let herself believe that she’s not good/nice enough to warrant a chance.  This means she is engaging much more with each of us, she is employing the techniques you have taught her and is generally much happier.  I would describe it as being set free from her thought prison. Lucy was rather sad leaving the last session.  She didn’t want them to end. I had never seen her talking like that to anyone.  It has always been monosyllabic answers before. So it must have been a big release for her. We will be eternally grateful to you for helping Lucy to redirect her life (not forgetting how this has had a positive effect on our worry levels too). I would recommend you to anyone caught out by the stresses of life and hope to that we will see you around… 

Gill W Cambridge


“I was skeptical but how wrong was I. Kate is calm, professional, warm and friendly and I always feel very comfortable talking things through with her. She has a real gift with people and her intuition and knowledge about my fears and worries, made the whole process extremely easy and very successful. I am so grateful for the help she has given me; I will definitely be using her in the future and recommending her to my family and friends.”


“I first saw Kate for help with my fear of public speaking and the stress it was causing me. I have to admit that although going into sessions with an open mind, I did have my doubts that anything could help me when I felt almost paralysed with fear. The results I had with Kate however were astonishing and over the course of a few weeks, I couldn’t believe that not only was I able to deliver presentations to large numbers, I actually started to enjoy it! Kate also helped greatly with my irrational fear of spiders as well as a difficult time for me leading up to an operation. Looking back now, I honestly feel like a different person and as if Kate has unlocked, and helped me to let go of, things that were holding me back in all areas of my life.”

Angela, Bury St Edmunds

“I had woken up in the middle of the night sweating and feeling like I was going to be very ill (I thought food poisoning from the symptoms) and I got myself into a bit of a state. Then all of a sudden your voice just kicked in, I imagined you were there talking me through the relaxation and I did all of the things I do with you and went from feeling like I was going to be violently sick and ill to calming myself right down and managing to go back to sleep! My husband couldn’t believe it. I didn’t even consciously do it, it just kicked in. I’m so grateful!”


“My shyness  and anxieties were getting in the way of my  job prospects and career development” 


Paul was very clear about the help he wanted. He knew he was shy but he had a young family and he needed a better job. He knew he was technically skilled but he couldn’t manage his emotions well at all and would feel victimised, socially inadequate or anxious. I guided and coached Paul as he worked through the seven sessions of the Thrive Pogramme.

Paul wrote:

“I had a telephone interview for a job earlier in the week and received the following feedback, which I will certainly be reminding myself of in the coming weeks. I definitely feel the programme helped me focus on the positive side of my abilities in this interview, an area I hadn’t been great at in the past. “Your feedback was positive, you came across as commercial, focused on outcomes, technically strong and actually got to the heart of some of the challenges and opportunities.” 

Paul W

Sue H

I just couldn’t sustain any of my business development. It all felt so out of my control.

I’m no longer a people pleaser – I have confidence in my own decisions and I am proud of my business,” says Sue, the owner of a marketing company. “I have learned to sustain my business growth that in the past would have faltered because of how I was feeling.”  

Sue H. Network Marketer

Allan S.

“My business took a real hit last year and I wasn’t coping.”

“From the very first conversation it stopped the slide and gave me some hope. I was very down but this helped my self-esteem and I use some techniques with people I work with, which has been powerful. The processes of control were insightful; I still use aspects of it quite a bit. When I do get quite stressed or overwhelmed, it is so helpful going back over the books and rereading processes and reinforcing what I have been taught.”

Allan S. Editor


“Although I’m a coach I couldn’t seem to help myself. The course was definitely worth the money, it stopped my slide (into depression) and put me on a better trajectory. I continued sessions but soon I was on a better direction. We even used Skype, when I had sessions I would take a day off work to travel from London because they were so valuable to me.”

Brian, business coach for senior executives in blue chip companies. 

Rachel W

“I knew I was stopping our business grow. I’ve been working with Kate on the Thrive Programme for the last few weeks. She is at all times patient, professional, focused and encouraging. Where necessary, Kate challenges you to consider the effect that any inherent unhelpful thinking styles have on your business, and then shows you how to bring about change. The process has been invaluable for us as a small family business, and I can say without hesitation that any further employees taken on by our business will be offered the opportunity to see Kate and take part in the Programme. Throw away the business self-help books as you will no longer need them – just do the Thrive Programme!”

Rachael W. Attorney 


“I now have confidence in my abilities. Taking the Thrive programme with Kate Patterson has given me confidence in my own ability. As far as my professional life is concerned it has made me more relaxed and able to more easily cope with the rigours of workload and previous stressful situations. When talking with prospective customers my relaxed and confident state give them confidence in my ability to help them and has increased my customer base which is marvellous and I can’t thank Kate enough for helping me realise and remember my own strengths and all the good things I do whilst putting my negative weaknesses into perspective where they belong.


“I lacked self-esteem and had little social confidence. I decided to work through the Thrive Program with Kate, and a great decision it turned out to be, having now finished the program I feel as though I have hit a new level, taking real control of my life and everything that is happening within it. Understanding myself and the way I think, keeping positive, using what I’ve learnt on a daily basis. The valuable time I spent with Kate was a bit of a rollercoaster, and I say valuable time because it really is, it’s not just an hour-long session every week for 7 weeks to get yourself through a program. It’s a lot more. Initially I didn’t really think the course would make much difference to me and I wasn’t committed, however that mind set didn’t last long. My attitude towards myself has changed and I am now working on being an outgoing positive person, this is the help that I needed to best push myself in many aspects of my life.”

MT Bury ST Edmunds