Client Stories

The client stories detailed below illustrate how common mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and traumatic experiences can be overcome with evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and EMDR Treatment.

You may find reading them helpful in understanding what it is like to experience these conditions, and perhaps clarify if your own experience resonates with any of the clients described in these stories. Most of all, I hope that reading them gives you some hope that it is possible to overcome a range of problems with effective psychological treatment.

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Please note that these stories are composites created from real client experiences, and the images are for representative purposes only.

Rebecca's Story
Peter's Story
Samantha's Story

Clare's Story - Overcoming Depression

Clare came to therapy because she was feeling lonely and had lost purpose and meaning in her life. She often woke at night and couldn’t get back to sleep because her mind raced with thoughts about the past and worries about the future, including the day ahead and how she would cope with everything she had to do. Thinking about getting up and on with the day, seemed impossible. Her body felt so heavy, literally weighed down. “What’s wrong with me?”; “What kind of person am I?”; “Why can’t I just pull myself together and get on with things like everybody else?” She felt trapped, immobilised and depressed.

During therapy Clare was able to talk openly about her concerns without being judged. Initially, her therapist helped her to become more active and to start completing some outstanding tasks, and also encouraged her to re-engage with her family, friends and hobbies, which she had been neglecting. She learned how to limit her tendency to dwell (ruminate) on things, which only made things worse, and how to respond more mindfully and compassionately to her pessimistic and self-critical thoughts.

Gradually, Clare came to terms with and adjusted to the changing life circumstances that had contributed to her depression. She had learned how to take better care of herself and stay well.  And also to focus on what really mattered to her regardless of what else was happening in her life. Life had changed but it also had new meaning and purpose.