Pulled me through a difficult time
“I am very grateful to peer support, they have pulled me through a very difficult period of time. The online activities have been fantastic, they help me a lot as I am not always able to go out and I always feel uplifted after attending.”
Full of positive energy
“I had therapeutic meetings with a young, wonderful, professional therapist. After therapeutic meetings with her, I returned to work, I am full of positive energy, full of joy and willingness to live a happy life. Thank you for having such good therapists.”
Friendly, understanding, calming and helpful
“My therapist was friendly, understanding, calming and helpful. Took things at my pace without rushing me and would always stop and check throughout sessions that I had fully understood what we had just discussed and answer any questions.”
I looked forward to attending the workshops
“The lessons and the interaction with the group made me more aware of myself as a person and also dealing with others. The teachers are very knowledgeable, informative, patient and compassionate and that made me comfortable. I looked forward to attending the workshops.”
Having fun is a good way of learning and gaining more confidence
I think it’s important for women to have their stories heard in a space that is safe. The church venue is good. Today made me remember who I was before my stroke. It was a nice reminder of who I was before. The speakers and staff were great. There needs to be more women’s creative workshops. It should be a part of society. Having fun is a good way of learning and gaining more confidence.
I liked the homework that CBT provided as completing it made me feel like I was being proactive in my recovery
“I found my sessions with the therapist to be very helpful. It was comforting at a time when I really needed support. 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.”
“With my therapists help, I learnt how to identify the negative voice inside of me. I began to recognise that the bad thoughts had been weighing me down were a separate part of me rather than a reflection on who I was as a person. I was able to put up a barrier to stop them from getting in and I am now aware it’s just a voice that I don’t have to listen to.”
I was able to accept that my life experience had been very different to most people’s
One of the main reasons I went to therapy was because I had been struggling a lot with the fact that I had missed so much of my education. This made me feel like I wasn’t good enough because I wasn’t able to deal with my illnesses or accomplish the same academic achievements as those around me. Through my therapy, I was able to accept that my life experience has been very different to most people’s. My abilities are different as I haven’t had the same experiences and opportunities as other people. My therapist helped me see that this didn’t mean I wasn’t able to do certain things, it just meant that they may take a different form for me. I learnt that it’s okay for me not to succeed at everything as there will be other opportunities out there. This was a huge revelation to me because before that I had a very specific life plan mapped out. It was liberating to be able to put that to one side and thrive outside of my regimented idea of what my life was going to be like.
I had a great and positive experience
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.
It was very comforting at a time when I really needed support
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
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