Hello and welcome to our blog! We thought we'd start off with an introduction to how Dan & I met (and came up with Interrupt).
In late 2014, I (Andrew) was struggling.
After a decade of successfully launching new products/companies across the US, I hit a wall. Long hours as Head of Marketing at a growing NYC startup left me with little energy for anything else. My boss and I didn’t see eye to eye, I struggled to keep up with the workload and I was finding it hard to manage my team.
I reached out for help, and was introduced to a hypnotherapist named Dan.
I described to Dan the depression and frustrations I was struggling with. He listened to what I had to say, asked me how I wanted to feel, and then had me lie back and close my eyes. I didn't know what to expect at first, but as we walked through different visualizations and exercises I noticed things starting to shift.
I left that day feeling very relaxed and curious what was going to happen next.
The day after my second session I walked into work and sat down at my desk. I felt lighter, as if I had taken off an 80lb backpack of stress & heavy emotions. After months, I was able to laugh with co-workers, focus and feel optimistic. It was such a dramatic change that I wrote him an email immediately asking what he had done.
Discovering this new tool to "hack" my brain, I continued seeing Dan to work on motivation, concentration, time management, and positivity. As sessions continued, I became fascinated by the “change work” we were doing. I left my job, began studying different therapeutic techniques and learning about the brain, coaching, and meditation. It felt like the right path.
After years of accepting my struggles as simply part of me or part of work, I discovered another way. I wanted to bring these ideas & techniques into other workplaces and show people that relaxation, ease and positive states are always available, even in high pressure situations.
So, Dan & I created Interrupt.