I had a great and positive experience. The experience with Robin was life-changing, I was treated respectfully and the sessions were very fruitful. I received support with CVs, interview coaching and covering letters. After several months, I finally got a job and started working again after 5 years of unemployment!
I feel that I bonded well with Robin, and consider him to be a life-long friend and a mentor. I am grateful to have received great support, which helped me overcome depression and embark upon a new career as an animal/aquatic technician in major institutions.
I found my sessions with the therapist to be very helpful. It was comforting at a time when I really needed support. The therapist inspired me to find solutions to my problems by helping me deal with them in a positive way and breaking them down into smaller parts. Instead of just passively listening, she helped me to find practical ways to improve my state of mind on a daily basis. I liked the homework that CBT provided as completing it made me feel like I was being proactive in my recovery. I was reluctant to finish but at the same time I felt that she had provided me with all the tools I needed to carry on my journey alone and knew that the rest of the work had to come from me.
A massive thank you for all of your support that I have received in this stressful period of my life, it has made going back into work more manageable and helped me to prepare for it. Having someone there on the morning of my first day back at work after being off sick for many months really helped me to feel a lot better
After having therapy with Community Living Well I feel a lot better in myself, much more settled and comfortable. Getting things off my chest and having someone who would listen to me was very beneficial as I felt like I had been living in my own head. I was aware of techniques such as writing things down and talking to people I trusted but these weren’t actions that I had ever implemented in the past.
I have nothing but praise for this service. The way Lan helped and supported me was wonderful. When we met I was in the middle of a personal crisis and she sat and listened to me without judgement, without criticism. She was so kind and able to really take on board what I was saying to her and how I needed her to help me. This has been a massive part of my healing journey, meeting someone who was able to be with me in the place I actually was. I will always be grateful to her and the service for this.
I wasn’t new to counselling when I had group sessions with the Mother Tongue Counselling Service, but it was still a new experience for me. I was looking for someone who listens to what I have to say and respond without being pushy, and that’s what I got. The facilitator brought in interesting topics of discussion, paid attention to us individually and showed us our options. I was able to make changes and have some conversations with my family which I had always been avoiding. We were always reminded of the choice of self-referral, if need be. The handouts, booklets and emails which were distributed, especially after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, have been extremely handy and helpful. Will definitely recommend the service to a friend!
The Peer Support service provides a great way to meet other people who know what you’re talking about, in a friendly and ‘safe’ environment. When things are really getting to you, it can be the only thing that can get you out of your home. It is great to be able to speak to someone who has been through the system and understands what you are going through.
Being with others who have a shared experience of depression is helpful because people there have lower expectations of me, they are less judgemental than others and we help each other, by sharing our experiences of depression and anxiety. The groups don’t make demands of me and that helps when I’m depressed – I have problems with personal obligation. Coming out to the meet-ups reduces my isolation and keeps me active. By helping others, I feel like I am helping myself.
Without Peer Support I feel that my recovery would be totally reliant on medication. Having Peer Support has now become a life line in supporting my wellbeing. I receive so much more than medication can provide. My isolation has lessened, my activities have increased. I’m discovering new activities such as the appreciation of Opera. The workshops really give me a sense of involvement. I have met wonderful people and I feel very supported by them. They have become my friends. I love my time spent with everyone they have become my family.
Being part of the Peer Support groups helps me get out and about more to different places. It broadens my days and keeps me active with others.For me, the walking groups, and the music programme play a big part in helping me stay well. All of us at Peer Support have difficulties, and we are at different places in our lives but that doesn’t stop us from being able to chat about our conditions. These conversations and interactions help me feel like I’m not the only one going through this.