I forced myself to go for CBT as a last attempt at getting myself back on track and so I could feel comfortable in my own skin. I was so dubious about it at first as I had tried all sorts of other therapies / medications / self help strategies etc and nothing seemed to be successful!
When I first met Mark, he instantly made me feel at ease and told me that what I was telling him was absolutely normal. This astounded me as, for most of my life, I had been stumbling through life feeling guilty, ashamed and strange for having the thoughts that went on in my head. It became very apparent, very quickly, that he was going to make a huge impact on my recovery.
After our first session , my anxiety levels had already decreased slightly which had never happened before. I was set weekly homework that I thought I would fail at but I didn’t. Every day I was noticing a difference in myself and it felt great!
After completing the sessions with Mark, I am no longer plagued by the viscous thoughts that went on in my head and I can now rationalise them that they are normal and that I don’t need to listen to them.
Thank you for everything you helped me to achieve, you have helped me make such a huge difference to my life!
I was initially very concerned about talking through what was happening in my life, but I really didn't need to be. From the moment I met Mark and chose to have CBT, he made me feel comfortable opening up about the problems I was facing. Walking into the building felt instantly calming and like I had found a safe place, which when you're feeling low and anxious can be a hard place to find. Even when our sessions moved to using Skype because covid hit, I still felt safe enough to talk.
Every technique we tried and event we talked about was taken at my pace. I never felt bad or worried to admit that something wasn't quite right for me. I could ask to try something else or adapt something to suit me without feeling like I was wrong or at fault for something not quite working out. I can honestly say that my world would be an extremely dark place without Mark's help. He enabled me to find a tiny fragment of light which together we moved closer to, until life kept getting that little bit easier. It took time and effort, however, I can honestly say it was the best thing I have ever committed to. I have no idea where I would be without CBT and Mark's compassion, commitment and guidance. Trusting Mark is the best decision you will ever make.