‘Paula has given me the techniques, understanding and confidence to manage my anxiety and underlying faulty thought patterns. Although I had a rudimentary understanding of the various CBT techniques from reading books; I lacked the confidence and direction to apply these in a sustained basis. I found that working with a therapist/Paula was like having a coach that could guide me.
Provided a layered approach to tackle and unbundle what was troubling me. The initial key was to realise that avoiding, suppressing or trying to neutralise my intrusive thoughts was counter-productive. I was given techniques to help me face and be with my anxiety, this being the behavioural part of my therapy. From there the next step was to unravel and challenge what was driving my faulty beliefs and assumptions that were driving the anxiety – the cogs that kept it going.
I would recommend to anyone who is being troubled by intrusive thoughts to make an appointment and not be embarrassed. This was my initial worry as my thoughts were quite bizarre and disturbing; yet I encountered a totally accepting environment.
Remember that the hard work has to be done by yourself and there is no ‘quick fix’. Accept that there will be setbacks but keep with the practise and don’t give up and eventually you can experience change’.
‘Counselling helped me understand what the underlying issues were and why they were happening. The ways to deal with the issues were particularly helpful for when similar issues arise in the future’.
‘I didn’t believe talking to somebody would help so much. Never been a believer in therapy now i am a big believer’.