|"The best therapy I have ever encountered"|
|Stop Smoking Client:|
|"Thank you so much, it was so easy and relaxing. I feel back in control of my life again, free from cigarettes, brilliant"|
|Severely Depressed Client|
Weight Loss Client:
"At last a real solution to long term weight loss."
"Thank you so much, I now understand how my emotions affect my food. I have changed my lifestyle and feel so much better for it now"
"It was worth every cent."
|Panic Attack Client:|
|"Thank you so much I have my life back. I am now in control and can change how I feel. I am so looking forward to the future."|
"I feel very much in control without the fear of a panic attack occuring. "
Thank you e-mail from a client who experienced panic attacks
I have been meaning to type up this email for quite some time now so
please accept my apologies for its lateness.
Around October 2009, my world was closing in around me. Six or seven
months previously, I had had my first ever panic attack. Over the following
months, I had more, and they were tightening their grip on me.
This was one of the darkest periods of my life, if not *the *darkest.
Places that I would have considered benign, or not given a second thought,
had now become places of terror. Anywhere there were confined spaces and
lots of people, such as supermarket queues, heavy road traffic, etc.,
caused me bizarre physical sensations that I interpreted as being 'alien' and
dangerous, all of which flung me into a downward spiral of panic. Added
to this was the 'shame' I felt at 'letting' this happen to me. I was concerned
that something so irrational could be so debilitating to me. This
so-called shame also rendered me reluctant to mention it to too many people. I found
it far easier to say that there was something wrong with my breathing than
to say that I was having panic attacks; the latter sounding more like some
psychological illness. On top of this, I was also annoyed with myself
feeling so coy about it — for feeling that I 'should' be ashamed by it.
So, by late September, I was forcing myself to go to places that caused my
panic, as I feared I would otherwise become agoraphobic. But though every
successful visit was an 'achievement', I knew I was still dreading the
next one and therefore not gaining any more control over my condition, or
regaining the peace and serenity that, for the large part, had pervaded my
life up until my first panic attack. Soon, I realised I couldn't even
talk to people on the phone without becoming short of breath. I realised I
couldn't talk to people (outside of my immediate family) in my own home
without some level of anxiety. And when a neighbour popped by simply to
collect money for the residents' association, I had to tell him of my
difficulty as I was already sensing the tightness in my chest and the
shortness of breath.
On that dark evening, I searched the Internet and found BWell. I read the
accolades from previous clients, especially one about panic attacks,
almost convincing myself that that person could not have had the same thing as me
and have been cured. I was hopeless, yet knew I had to reach out.
However, I experienced a sense of relief once I sent my initial email to book my
first session. I sensed that, finally, I would talk to someone who truly
This was the best thing I ever did in my life.
Between October and January, I spent 11 or 12 counselling sessions with
Sharon Cunningham. Week by week, she metaphorically held my hand, calmed
me, and helped me see my condition for what it was, whilst enabling me to
identify the root cause. This was sometimes an emotional journey for me,
yet I realised that the more I looked these emotions in the face, the more
relieved I was afterwards and could enjoy great clarity of mind. I found
it amazing how Sharon helped me to acknowledge the questions I had about my
own life, and how she enabled me to answer them myself. I often found myself
marvelling at one of her answers only to realise a moment later that I had
actually uttered the words myself. I also found it amazing how those
answers were often simple, and yet I could never see the wood for the
trees. Sharon and BWell were a very important and positive turning point in
this dark period of my life. I know I cannot put that into words in such
a way that it will truly be understood what you did for me. The irony is
that as a counsellor — and not a client or patient — you may never fully
appreciate the good you do for people.
I won't say that I don't have bad days. I do. But they're manageable.
BWell has given me all the tools I need to ride out any would-be storms,
and think rationally and positively. Whereas before, a bad day would have
been a '10' on my scale of anxiety, I probably only ever experience a '3' now.
And that's not even often.
Every time I sit in heavy traffic now, calmly enjoying the radio chatter,
or when I stand in a queue at the supermarket with a trolley full of groceries,
I marvel at how far I've come. And every time I marvel at how far I come,
I think that I must write that email.
You have a great business in BWell. And as I said to Sharon before: while
it is a business, it is and always will be much more than that to people
like me. Money counts for nothing. Well-being is priceless.
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you, Allison, for
setting up such a caring organisation. I'd like to thank the warm reception for being so kind
and looking after my appointments, while always being so welcoming.
But above all, I would like to thank Sharon for guiding me out of the
I am forever grateful.
'A male client from Dublin'
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|Fear of Flying Client:|
|"I feel so free now, I actually enjoyed my flight and holiday and I'm looking forward to the next one. Brilliant."|
|Allison worked with Sharron on TVAM's Fear of flying to help combat her fears and change her experience of flying.|
"Fantastic - it's really life changing in so many ways." Sharron
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