"My experience during CBT in mental health services."
About: Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust / Early intervention in psychosis service (EIP) (Limbrick) Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust Early intervention in psychosis service (EIP) (Limbrick) S10 3TH
Posted by tucanaqx44 (as ),
I was receiving CBT under the early intervention service (mental health) as I was suffering from psychosis, and I was suicidal, my psychologist Nate was fantastic.
After a few sessions he recognised I would need more than the allocated 15. I presume he seeked permission to grant me extra, I was given 30, double the allowance, but it was needed as I was sexually abused and neglected as a child and this obviously impacted on my mental health. I had so much I needed to speak about, knowing I had the extra sessions really helped me to relax during therapy and allowed me to open up more than I ever thought I would. I was in complete denial about my abuse and felt nothing about it. Nate helped me to realise I WAS abused and what happened to me was wrong. We did trauma work and visited the house where the abuse happened, I feel Nate went the extra mile for me and thoroughly deserves recognition as without him i wouldn't be as well as I am today, looking forward to my future and happy to be alive. My experience with Nate was fantastic but at times I yearned for sympathetic contact, a hug or a arm around me or someone even holding my hand would have made a difference to me, especially while visiting the place of abuse and speaking about distressing memories.
Having someone to speak to straight after a session, maybe have a cup of tea with would have been helpful too, instead of having to slip straight back to normal life after being so upset.