"Therapist listened to me with sincerity and I felt I could tell her anything. "

About: Six Degrees Social Enterprise (CIC)

(as the patient),

My GP referred me to my therapist after I went to see her whilst suffering with bouts of anxiety, low mood, night terrors and panic attacks. My husband took me as it was straining our marriage and my health.

She was lovely, and I could tell from day one that we would have a good rapport. At first, I was apprehensive about the medication the GP had prescribed, and didn't think I needed it or needed to see a mental health worker.

She was very patient with me, and asked questions that I had not asked myself before. First I couldn't see the bigger picture, I was caught up in my depression and looked back; I was short sighted. She asked me if I'd like to illustrate my moods on a chart, and I was surprised that there were a lot of peaks and troughs.

I found this helpful as I could visualize where I was and where I wanted to be. Several events had happened which had cause me to be low, but I felt stronger and more able to cope with and deal with them, knowing I was able to plot them and speak to her about them.

I had seen a psychotherapist a few years ago for cognitive behavior therapy but didn't think it was for me. I waited months and months and had to visit the GP several times. This time, she was available in my surgery (I had to travel previously) and she had given me other information and self help options outside of our sessions which helped limiting the anxiety.

Some sessions I was very teary, some angry and a few times it was light hearted talking. She has been incredible in me getting here. She has listened to me with sincerity and I felt I could tell her anything.

Today was my last session. I'm still taking citalopram but I'm not ashamed. My therapist said she will be there if I ever need sessions again which is a comfort. I'm riding the wave at the top of the chart at the moment and I plan to continue.

Thank for the help: ) xxx

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Response from Chardworth Dhliwayo, Operational Manager, Six Degrees Social Enterprise

Thank you for sharing your story. We are very grateful that you met with our colleague to talk about your difficulties and that you found this to be quite helpful. We are also pleased that you are feeling much better and not ashamed. 1 in 6 people struggle with mental health problems; so it is quite common. We wish you all the best and please feel free to get in touch if you have further comments.

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