"I can’t thank her enough for the help she has given"

About: Six Degrees Social Enterprise (CIC)

(as the patient),

I have just finished a 6 week course with Rachael, I can’t thank her enough for the help she has given.

I have been suffering from anxiety for several years but this was not diagnosed as my doctors were treating me for high blood pressure and thought all the symptoms I experienced were due to this. I was on beta blockers, high blood pressure tablets and aspirin, felt dizzy and had such shaky legs I was scared to go out in case I fell. I just stayed in all the time and lost my confidence.

I was also referred to a cardiologist and neurologist who both thought I was suffering from anxiety, the neurologist recommended I was referred for counselling.

A new young doctor at the surgery referred me to 6 degrees, I have been going there for 6 weeks, and it has transformed my life. Rachael showed me techniques how to help me manage my psychological problems, bit by bit I have regained my confidence with her help. Rachael taught me to overcome my fears and by explaining my medication to me I now know that if I feel it does not agree with me I can go back to my doctor to try something else. I stopped taking all the medication and have just started to take something for my blood pressure after having a conversation with my doctor that I felt I was in control of.

I am back to my art classes and dancing and no longer have panic attacks. Thank you Rachael.

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

Thank you for sharing your experience of the support provided by one of our colleagues. We are pleased you have found it useful. Please do let us know if there is anything else we can do to improve the services we provide. Best wishes.

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