"Third session most difficult and perhaps the most useful"

About: Inclusion Matters Sefton

(as the patient),

Initial assessment for CBT delayed access to counselling not sure how to avoid this perhaps clearer referral from GP? This was my third counselling session with inclusion matters it has been the most difficult + perhaps the most useful. Not sure if 18 sessions of counselling with three different counsellors has actually enabled me to fully address the breadth + depth of the issues that surfaced. I was conscious of managing my disclosures to limit the pain realising there were only 6 sessions and possibility of perhaps 2 more but the real work has to be done in the real relationships in my life. I seem to have survived my worst nightmare and come to a peaceful acceptance of retirement.

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Response from Elizabeth Forrest, CBT Therapist, Inclusion Matters

Dear 'Sky939',

Thank you for your post. You touch on various issues and it wouldn't be appropriate to respond at length here.

It can be frustrating for patients with many deep rooted issues to work out how to get best value from our time limited service and your post will help others be aware of that dilemma.

It can also be true that sometimes people gain the most from engaging in work which at the time seems the most difficult.

Thank you for your thought provoking post. I wish you well for your retirement.


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