CBT Combined With Calming Techniques
Diane was recommended to me by the friend of a friend so I’d no idea what to expect or if she could help me.
I had a stroke in 2018 and have suffered on and off since then with health anxiety. I’ve had 3 previous encounters with CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) which was successful to some extent. I was therefore sceptical about a new counsellor, but had to do something because I was in a terrible mess (crying every day; preventing loved ones living their life; feeling as though I was about to die).
However, from our first session I felt comfortable with Diane. Unlike other CBT practitioners I’ve encountered, she takes every case individually. In the past it has felt like a “one size fits all” therapy. Diane asked questions about me, my past and what I wanted out of the sessions. I told her I wanted to stop worrying all the time.
Her therapy consisted of a mixture of calming techniques alongside practical advice about getting myself involved in other activities. I am hampered by physical constraints, but I have pushed myself to do more housework and to do things that I enjoy along with more challenging pursuits.
Thanks to Diane, I have almost completely stopped doom-scrolling, my family have all seen a vast improvement in my approach to new things, I have been pushing myself to do things I have thought impossible (ironing being a real trial due to physical constraints) – and I am learning Japanese.
I still have my moments of fear, but, instead of getting mired in them, I go and get on my exercise bike or do the washing up or learn some more Japanese. I will probably be unable to ever do some things I used to love (simply because of the stroke) but Diane has allowed me to believe I can do other things which I will find just as interesting and fun.
To say I’ll be eternally indebted to this wonderful woman is an understatement. I feel as though I am breathing easy for the first time in 3 years. I would highly recommend Diane to anyone needing help.
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