"My therapist gave me a new lease of life and has literally taught me a new way to think"

About: Inclusion Matters Sefton

(as the patient),

I am 39, and for 17 years I have suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder for intrusive thoughts and feelings.

It was only until this point in time that I have managed to make sense of why I have these thoughts and how I can manage them through learning and practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques.

Through the years, I have suffered quite a few serious breakdowns and depressions because of my OCD and natural tendency towards depression. I have been placed under care of quite a few psychiatrists, therapists and doctors; but sadly, each time I have fallen through the net of being given a chance of real help through this therapy. I have asked for it over the years, but have time and time again faced refusal.

My last breakdown happened over the recent Christmas, and it was the worst yet. I have never been closer to suicide than I was at that point. After demanding a new approach - literally - from the mental health team at Fozakerly Hospital - I was finally referred.

I only wish I could have been given this help many years ago, as I could have lived a fuller life.

My therapist was fantastic and second to none. She gave me a new lease of life and has literally taught me a new way to think. I still have some way to go, but I am finally on the mend.

This therapy should be considered before all medication!

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Response from Elizabeth Forrest, CBT Therapist, Inclusion Matters

Dear Nails269,

Many thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback.

I was sorry to read that it has been such a struggle for you over the years to access the treatment you needed. I am glad that things are now changing for you though and that you feel things are 'on the mend'.

I hope your feedback will encourage others struggling with OCD and depression to ask their GP for a referral to Inclusion Matters.

Best wishes for the future,

Elizabeth Lovell

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