ACT_WithHeart

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Any other comments you have about our sessions?

“I was so nervous but straight away Chris made me feel very relaxed. I explained to him all of the different areas of my life that I wanted to work on and he made sure these were all addressed. When he saw I was struggling he wouldn't push me to talk and let me do everything at my own pace. It really has changed me and made me a much more positive and happy person.” (Female Client)

 

How were the CBT sessions helpful to you?

"Firstly, even the fact that I was going to the sessions was a great help to me, as I could speak honestly and openly, in a relaxed environment, about what was constantly going through my mind. I soon came to realise how caught up in my thoughts I had become, and how, through practice how easy it can be to release myself from that unhelpful thought process. For the last few years I had spent pretty much every day thinking I was  on the verge of some kind of mental breakdown, and I no longer need to waste so much time and effort struggling with the idea that I'm about to 'crack up'. Even though I still get anxious from time to time, I'm no longer a slave to these feelings and sensations and can see these for what they really are!" (Male Client)

 

What advice would you give to someone starting CBT with me?

"Having never attended therapy before I  did find it a really helpful experience. For me personally it was nice to be finally doing something positive about what I was going through. I soon realised that there are so many people out there that suffer in silence and turn to other methods to try and control uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Obviously you will be nervous, anxious and probably a bit scared by starting therapy, but the things and the skills that you learn are proving invaluable to me getting on with my life. It feels good not to be constantly struggling with anxiety." (Male Client)

 

How were the CBT sessions helpful to you?

"I found it very helpful to focus on things that are valuable to me and to focus on these things rather than worrying about the anxiety and depression that I was feeling. I remember in some of our sessions you mentioned that you can still carry out things that are valuable and meaningful to us even though we are struggling with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Before this, I was of the opinion that I would try to overcome these difficulties prior to doing things that I value in life. I had my life on hold in some ways. I have found that changing this way of thinking has really helped me. Also, when I experienced uncomfortable thoughts and feelings in the past I worried a lot about them. This made the situation even worse. I have found your technique of "unhooking oneself" form negative thoughts very effective. I am now much more aware of these thoughts when they arise so being aware of them means that they don't effect me as much." (Female Client)

 

How were the CBT sessions helpful to you?

"Really the main thing I found most helpful to me was being able to take a step back from the problems I was facing and see the bigger picture. Focusing on areas of my life that were important to me helped to deal with other problem areas rather than constantly trying to fix them and worrying...you approach it in a great way that made me feel comfortable and unpressurised." (Male Client)