"Getting help with my anxiety and depression"

About: Inclusion Matters Sefton

(as the patient),

Before I recieved talking therapy I just felt like I was not in control with my life, I was at a cross roads in life and relationships with my partner, family and friends seemed really strained. My head felt constantly fuzzy and was so cluttered. I felt as though no one understood me, that life stresses were a major struggle for me and that I did not have the necessary coping strategies to deal with day to day issues as well as juggling a young family.

However, the fuzziness is beginning to clear, I am feeling more and more confident about my own decisions and I feel as though I am no longer masking issues I have. I am aware that I am now facing my fears, learning who I am and what is important to me. Also, I am gaining a sense of inner happiness because I am taking the time to pause and enjoy life. Owing to this I am being less hard on myself and putting myself under more stress and pressure. I think that because I have opened up more I am really beginning to make sense of the decisions that I have made in life. Instead of trying to be a people pleaser I am listening to my inner voice and feeling more valued for having that strength.

The best advice I can give is being honest and not worrying about being judged. I think that knowing where to go for support is the first step to overcoming barriers and understanding what triggers the low moods is useful. I am feeling like I living my life rather than just existing. Ultimately, I have realised that happiness is the key to moving forward. I am enjoying my journey and starting to embrace what life can offer.

Thank you, Inclusion Matters.

The only bad bit is that I think that the CBT waiting time was too long.

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Response from Elizabeth Forrest, CBT Therapist, Inclusion Matters

Dear 'Happy mind',

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback about Inclusion Matters Sefton on Patient Opinion.

I really enjoyed reading your feedback as it was lovely to hear of all the insights and positive changes which have come about from your treatment. I think your words will be a source of strength and encouragement to others who find themselves in a similar position.

I was sorry to hear that you found the waiting time too long. We are always looking at ways of improving this such as opening longer hours and employing more staff to try to meet the high demand.

I wish you all the best for the future,


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