"I know it's me who'll be swimming the channel but she taught me to swim."

About: Inclusion Matters Liverpool

(as the patient),

I appreciate my recent treatment with Inclusion Matters more than I would have thought, and I think its because even though the sessions have ended and I feel like I am still a 'work in progress', I have a few tools at my disposal in order to help myself on the road to recovery.

My therapist Hannah encouraged me to use an activity diary and I feel like through this I was able to see the positives in my week rather than viewing my day to day life as miserable and unfulfilled. It allowed me to celebrate my triumphs.

It also motivated me to fill the diary with substantial activities, I. e 'going for a walk', 'visiting family' rather than what my mind wanted to do which was to lay in bed.

The information she gave me reassured me that rather than thinking I was going mad, I could consider that this depression I was suffering from was temporary. I'm now not as afraid to deal with situations that had previously made me anxious.

I feel like I now have more insight and more skill in dealing with challenges I have to face in order to recover.

I feel I owe all of this to my therapist. Its like I know it's me who'll be swimming the channel but she taught me to swim.

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Responses

Response from Heather Clarke, Manager, Inclusion Matters

Dear Patchy428

Thank you for this really positive feedback. It always means a lot to us to know how things have gone and particularly rewarding to know when we have helped so much.

It's great to hear how well you have done and how much the activity diary work particularly helped you. I love your analogy about learning to swim and wish you all the very best as you continue your journey.

Thanks again and I will ensure that this feedback is passed on to Hannah

Kind regards

Heather

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