"Really turned my life around"

About: Ealing IAPT

(as the patient),

I was treated for anxiety issues by a Senior C. B. T. Therapist who made me get my life back on track. She taught me how to become my own therapist and use Cognitive and Behavioural life Skills to cope and challenge negative thoughts and avoidance habits. I was unemployed for a long time could not leave the house and struggled to use public transport because of panic attacks. All this has changed with slow exposure to the things I perceived as fearful and learnt to re-train and programme my brain to think positively and differently.

My therapist introduced me to taking up Volunteer Work which was the main factor in gaining back my confidence. I did this for 9 - 10 months then applied for an internal job I was volunteering for. I had my first interview in 16 years with two people and got the job. I am now employed part time and travelling on public transport with pretty much no trouble at all.

The service I received was excellent it really has turned my life around. I have learnt a life skill in managing my condition, I would recommend the West London Mental Health NHS Trust Ealing IAPT service to everyone who suffers with anxiety and stress problems.

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Response from Josef Landsberg, Clinical Lead IAPT, West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Dear Mr Wilson

Thank you very much for taking the to give such a great account of how the therapist has helped you get your life back on track, resulting in feeling better.

Stories like these makes us really encourages us to try and reach more people so that they can also benefit from the service. I really hope that you go from strength to strength and congratulations on your new appointment.

Best wishes, Josef

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Update posted by bryan wilson (the patient)

Dear Josef,

It was a pleasure to post my experience with your excellent service I really wanted to express to others out there who are affected by anxiety and stress problems the help that is available.

All the best to you and your team