"I know more about how to control my emotions"

About: Inclusion Thurrock (IAPT)

(as a service user),

I first started going to therapy in January 2019. I was really nervous when starting it as I didn't know what to expect but my anxiety and depression got to the point where I knew I needed help. My therapist made me feel really welcome and comfortable each time and I am really glad I went now. Today was my last therapy session and I am so proud of myself for going and I am really grateful for the help. I went from feeling extremely low and being suicidal to being happy and knowing more about how to control my emotions. I still get down days which is normal but now I know how to control it and I no longer think about ending my life or think that it would be a good thing for me. My mentality has definitely changed as now I know the negative emotions will pass and next day will be better. My social anxiety has also improved quite a bit as I was never able to speak in my lectures and would regularly avoid going (my attendance was 33%), now I am able to speak up in class and show up to my lectures. I would like to thank my therapist and the service for all of the help they have provided me as I know I wouldn't have been able to do it on my own and would definitely recommend therapy to people going through depression or anxiety even if they are extremely nervous about going. The staff are very nice and friendly and won't judge you no matter what you talk about so it is really useful.


Response from Paul Bagot, Operational Lead, Inclusion 12 months ago
Paul Bagot
Operational Lead,
Submitted on 10/11/2019 at 18:03
Published on Care Opinion at 18:03

Dear maggot1999

Thank you for sharing your story with us. I can tell it was quite a difficult for you to even consider therapy or asking for help at the beginning but you quickly got used to it....

even started to enjoy it!!

I think this is so common you know. People are of course really anxious about starting therapy when they have never needed to ask for help before or they just don't know what to expect - so fear the unknown.

Your story shows how, over time, you have grown in understanding and confidence as you regained some control over life situations and started to believe in yourself again... ...

Good for you!!

Also, really glad you mention that we all have good and bad days but you recognise them for what they are - a part of your life not all of your life - they came and they will go.

That's resilience for you!!

Many thanks once again for your story and kind words.
I shall share this with the team at Inclusion Thurrock.
From us all at Inclusion Thurrock and the Recovery College - Thank you and all the very best for the future.


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