Counselling saved my life
Posted Thursday 15 December 2011
I was asked by Mind if I would put together a few words regarding my experience of using their services.
After becoming the victim of rape, I thought I could cope. I tried to carry on with life, with a traditional British stiff upper lip, determined that it would not affect me.
After some months it was clear I was not coping and I had to seek help. The road between finally admitting I needed help, and getting help was a long one, but I did finally get there.
I was referred for CBT(cognitive behaviour therapy) counselling with Mind. It was a life saving experience, it taught me how to start living again, and provided me with all the tools I needed.
I learnt why flashbacks happened, and how to change the way I deal with them.
I learnt that anxiety is not a sign of your impending death, but a condition that is temporary and can be beaten. Counselling alone won't work unless you are willing to do your part though, I would leave the sessions and continue with my own work at home in-between.
I found writing really helped me, it was releasing what I had stored inside for so long. I started to feel less alone, and my counsellor encouraged me so much, without her support I would never have had the confidence to get over such a traumatic period.
Every time I went for my therapy I found the people there warm, kind, and most importantly non-judgemental, which was the most important part.
I have written a book expanding on my experience, and will be donating half the proceeds to Mind, as a gesture of thanks for helping me to get back on the right track and to promote the fantastic work they do.
I was at my own ground zero before their help, and I dread to think what would have become of me if they had not come along.
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