IT Consultant, London
I suffered from PTSD after a death of a parent, and my life seemed to spiral downwards from there. I was on the verge to break up with my partner who was supporting me through my difficult times. I was in denial for nearly two years and I thought my life was perfectly normal, and my behaviour was no different before the traumatic event. When you’re in a low point in your life, it’s quite difficult to know whether you need help or not, because days usually felt the same for me.
I first contacted the NHS to see if they could help, but they put me on a waiting list to do a group therapy, which would take 4 to 6 weeks. However, rather than waiting for the NHS, I knew I needed to turn things around quickly, or I may talk myself out of seeing a therapist completely.
Speaking to someone like Maddie, confidentially, allowed me to open up fully without being judged. Her sessions helped me understand certain things about myself and helped me get my life back on track, or where I expected it to be anyways. Each session was broken down into sections of things that needed to be discussed, and we went about understanding them in detail. Anything that affected me and was discussed in session 1 for example, was brought up in a session further down the line, to see whether it still affected me or not. We would go through certain events and discussions in detail to find the route of where problems arise and try to fix them until moving completely away from the issue.
I really did not think therapy would work for me, but it did. After a few sessions, my life slowly started to become on track towards a more positive state and even my partner noticed a huge difference in my life. I continued to see Maddie for over 10 sessions, and until I felt better.
Mental health is important and the mind can affect anyone without those even knowing. I have recommended that my friends see Maddie or even a good therapist. I hope therapy works for you.
Remember, only you can make your own decision and I hope you do make the right choice. Please bear in mind that everyone is different and it may take less or more time for other people to get to their ideal place. All the best.
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