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"Therapy saved me"

About: Inclusion Thurrock (IAPT)

(as the patient),

Like most people, I've spent my life running away from past trauma, ignoring its effects when they crept up in present situations and just trying to get on with life as best I could without having to deal with things. At the end of 2020, I was suffocating, tired of pretending and found myself having to face my trauma and address patterns to get out of the loop I found myself in.

A few of my friends were in therapy and although I'd never considered it for myself, it was clear that I NEEDED help and this was the only option that made sense for me. I don't like sharing my problems with others, so the idea of doing this with a stranger who can help me unpack, process and understand things just made sense.

I was assigned Barry and he did just that and so much more. I acknowledge that he was just doing his job but I think his nature went a long way in making a person like me feel SAFE enough to open up. For the first time, I shared without fear of judgment or someone downplaying my story/pain and I appreciated BEING HEARD most of all.

Barry helped me understand the 'why's'. He taught me how to be more curious and ask more of the right questions to help gain understanding. I would come away from sessions in awe of revelations about myself that he helped me realise - they weren't his opinions, they were facts that he helped clear the fog for me to see. He emphasised on simple things like taking care of ME, allowing myself to feel and accept my emotions and working on the things I can control to change my perspective on external things and people.. to make better choices and build/maintain healthy relationships.

Barry, thank you for giving me the tools to use on my journey ahead. You've sown a seed that will continually grow; the impact of your service will be with me forever and for that I am eternally grateful. I am glad that I accessed the service and even more happy to have had you as my therapist. 

Words aren't enough but thank you for doing what you do - you save lives in more ways than you can imagine. :)
(Grays Inclusion)
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