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I’d tried to cope alone but it didn’t work.

James

"The hardest thing is admitting you need help, but once you've done that it gets the ball rolling and now I'm trying everything I can to feel better.

"The therapist makes you feel so comfortable and you can tell them anything. Once you start talking it's like a release. I didn't want to burden my family with my worries so having a neutral person to talk to who will give you an honest opinion is so helpful. They are trained experts so they know what they are doing. I can go, let off steam and it instantly makes me feel better, it's like getting a load off your shoulders. My brain is like a football match, it's chaos with so much going on in there, so the therapy is helping me learn how to focus.

"I think it's strange, even now, that someone like me, an old-school ‘man's man' doing things like mediation through Talking Therapies. Where I live, my upbringing and job means someone like me would never have thought of having therapy. I'd try and struggle through, brush it off and be myself with others. But when you're on your own it's really hard. I'd tried to cope with how I was feeling by myself but it didn't work. Talking Therapies is brilliant and I'd recommend it to everyone. It gives you a better life, and it makes a lasting impact going forward."


If I hadn’t have seen my therapist it would have been a dark and lonely road. As soon as I spoke to my therapist I knew she’d help me get better, I completely trusted her.

Melissa

People around me had noticed that I wasn’t myself and I had changed. I went to my GP and asked for some counselling as I knew I needed to get help.

As soon as I spoke to my therapist I knew she’d help me get better, I completely trusted her. I’ve found Talking Therapies really valuable. My therapist helped me understand and work through my issues. She changed my way of thinking and got to the underlying reason for these feelings, which I’d never have been able to do myself.

I know so many people go through this, so many people feel like I do so it’s good to talk about it. Without a doubt I would recommend talking therapy. To sit and talk to someone who is independent and doesn’t know you, and talk about things is so good. They know what to do to help. It’s wonderful and I feel different, and people can see a difference in me.

If I hadn’t have seen my therapist it would have been a dark and lonely road. She has given me a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve come a long way in a short amount of time, and talking therapy has changed my life.


My sessions with the therapist were really practical and gave me the tools I needed to manage situations.

Lauren

My friends noticed I was getting more stressed than other people about things and wanted to help. I went to my GP who told me about Talking Therapies. I was nervous at first about whether the service was for me, but once I’d read about it I recognised a lot of the symptoms in myself and everything made sense.

Talking Therapies has given me strategies to use. Now if I feel anxious I can question what it is that makes me feel that way and work out how to resolve it. I used to put things off which I was worried about and that made my anxiety worse. Therapy has helped me learnt to not do this. It was tough and scary to begin with but I feel much better now. My sessions with the therapist were really practical and gave me the tools I needed to manage situations. My therapist was really good, she always explained things and helped me work out where my feelings stemmed from. Once I’d worked this out I felt a lot better straight away.

For people who are not sure it they need help, or if this is for them I’d tell them to give it a go, it will help you, like it has me. I’ve already recommended the service to other people. It’s given me confidence and made me more comfortable with lots of things.


You learn how to manage your feelings and how to improve yourself and your health. When I met my therapist she immediately understood me and how I was feeling.

Kayleigh

People hear the word therapy and they don’t understand what it’s about. It’s about breaking your patterns and cycles so that you can learn how to feel better. You learn how to manage your feelings and about how to improve yourself and your health.

Talking Therapies has helped me learn a lot of positive things. It helps you to look after yourself, be open about your issues and this can help improve your confidence and self-esteem.

People can be scared to talk about mental health for fear of judgement. There is nothing to be ashamed of. When I met my therapist she immediately understood me and how I was feeling. My therapist gives me a different perspective and the techniques I need to cope and feel better. Before I’d not been able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but now I’m looking to the future.


It shows you how to sort out the muddle of your thoughts to help you feel better.

Christine

Talking Therapies helps you separate your issues out, understand how to manage them and see a way through. It shows you how to sort out the muddle of your thoughts to help you feel better.

The therapist was excellent. They helped me talk about my life, feelings, and thoughts and brought my thought process to a new way of thinking. They help you see things from a new angle and to move forward with your situation. It’s quite a natural process with the therapist, it flows from a conversation and they take you through your thoughts and feelings and make them clearer. I’d definitely recommend Talking Therapies."


I didn’t realise I needed to talk until I started.

Stewart

When I left hospital after I suffered a stroke I felt very depressed. I was feeling down, worthless and it was easy to get into a downwards spiral. But I wanted to feel better talk to someone to find out why I was feeling like this.

I started to look into what help was out there when I came across a leaflet about Talking Therapies in my doctors surgery.

I’ve been seeing my therapist for two months, he is really nice, easy to talk to and he listens. I didn’t realise I needed to talk until I started. Through the conversations we have in our sessions his contributions are considerable. Something he said a few weeks ago has made me get back on my radio station again. This has given me something to do and a routine again after not working for a long time.

I’m making good progress which is a wonderful thing. My therapist makes me feel cared for and cared about, which is so important, and not something you get very often. He’s extremely good at what he does.


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