Home    Therapy    Confidentiality    CBT    ACT    EMDR

Person Centred    Location    Cost    Contact

Depression, Anger and Low Mood


These testimonials show how therapy can help with depression, anger and low mood.


TESTIMONIALS


CBT for depression and anxiety


When I first started my sessions with Sarah I was in a very dark place. With Sarah’s help, guidance and with the tools she gave me, I feel 100% better.  CBT has taught me how to manage my thoughts and emotions, so they don’t impact me like they used to do. I am able to cope with what life brings up and the techniques have been something I have just integrated into my daily life. I don’t have to think any more about using them. I just do.


Although it was not a pleasant experience going through depression, now I am at the other side, I can recognise I have grown so much. The depression prompted me to look after myself and get some help. The therapy with Sarah not only helped me treat my depression, but it has enhanced my life in lots of other ways. I feel I have grown from it. I am glad I put me first!


(Female, aged 48)


I had suffered from depression since I was 17. I went onto anti-depressants for 4 years. I decided to come off them but still felt depressed. I tried some counselling but it wasn’t for me. My GP suggested CBT and I contacted Sarah.


We explored what was maintaining my depression and I realised that I was also feeling pretty anxious, but all I had been noticing was the depression.  Sarah taught me a variety of techniques, which I picked up really quickly. I practised them and put them into use immediately. I stopped struggling with my depression and anxiety. Instead I focused on using these strategies in every area of my life and I got on with living my life instead of waiting for the depression and anxiety to go away. I have been depression free for a month and my anxiety has been at a normal level for about 6 weeks, even though I have just started a new job.


I find the strategies have just become part of me and I don’t think about them.  I am doing things now that I could never have imagined when I started therapy.


(Female, aged 23)


I had 9 of 20 recommended sessions of CBT following a referral for depression and anxiety. Even though I wasn't going through my worst period of depression and anxiety at the time of starting my sessions, I can honestly say the time spent with Sarah has changed my quality of life. I no longer fear having repeat episodes of my symptoms in the future as I feel, Sarah has given me the tools to maintain a healthy mind and enjoy life again. For that I am truly grateful - Thank you Sarah!


(Female, aged 29)


CBT for Depression and Stress


I was signed off work with depression and stress. I had not seen the symptoms building up and had felt I was managing life pretty well.  I thought I had good enough coping strategies in place.


Having reached the point of identifying I needed help, I took up my employer’s offer of some CBT sessions and I have not looked back since. In my experience CBT has worked extremely well. Sarah has adapted and personalised the sessions for me to create better understanding.


I researched CBT on the internet and came across pros and cons. I would like to say that for me there were no cons. I found the exercises to carry out between sessions to be of great benefit and Sarah tailored them to fit me. They never felt excessive and I was willing to do them.  The handouts were very relevant and reading them keeps me on track. I have learnt some skills I believe will help me for the rest of my life, without a doubt. Thank you Sarah.


(Male, aged 48)


CBT for Depression and Anger


Sarah was recommended to me by a friend, who had seen how low I had got.  I felt very anxious and embarrassed at the thought of seeing a therapist, because of the stigma attached to mental health issues. But I found the courage and made an appointment.


Sarah made me feel so relaxed and I was able to open up about all of my issues.  I endured an abusive and difficult childhood. Although I touched on this briefly with Sarah, we did not focus our work on this. She taught me very useful skills to manage my anger and to deal with the cause of my depression. These skills are now in full use in my day to day life. I developed a better understanding of myself and my mind. I learnt how to stop fighting life and to stop putting all my effort into trying to be happy.  Funnily enough now I have stopped trying so hard to find happiness and am applying what I have gained from these sessions, I am so much happier.


(Male, aged 49)


I realised I needed help with my depression and anger. I found that one little trigger point could cause meltdown for me.  My symptoms felt uncontrollable. Since being medically retired from the Royal Navy, I felt I had nowhere to turn. Eventually I sought help and started CBT sessions with Sarah. CBT is a form of psychotherapy which involves looking at how people think and behave day to day. The techniques helped to highlight my unhelpful behaviour and thinking patterns and taught me how to change them.


What I really liked about the sessions is that there were structured and I always had techniques I could take away and apply. I come from a disciplined background and CBT really suits me. The sessions built upon each other and I could see positive benefits as I went along.


I no longer experience depression and I feel I have much more control over my anger. I would recommend CBT to anyone who feels hopeless and believes their symptoms are uncontrollable.


(Male, aged 33)


CBT for Depression


I came to Sarah during a bout of depression.  Sarah gave me tools and strategies that I could use every day in order to help me recognise my thoughts and feelings in a more skilled way. I have put into place these strategies.  I had been assessed with a high level of depression.  Since the therapy sessions started I have seen a marked improvement.


Within each session Sarah managed to bring something out which helped me to think about things in a different way.  She understood the way I think as a more visual person.


Every session was very valuable.


(Female, aged 48)



When I came for CBT I was in a deep depression and felt suicidal. I was scared by just how suicidal I felt and was worried I might do something on the spur of the moment. I was a bit reluctant to do CBT, because I didn’t want to admit to a therapist how bad I felt. I was ashamed of my depression and suicidal thoughts.


I found CBT to be fantastic. It was extremely useful, very helpful. I learnt some brilliant strategies that I can easily apply every day. They have just become part of my life now and I don’t even have to put a lot of effort into doing them. It just feels like making a cup of tea: something that requires only a bit of effort but has a nice result. I still feel a bit ashamed of how I felt and I can accept that shame without dwelling on it.


I found working with Sarah to be great fun and a pleasure. She is always on the ball and has great understanding of so much to do with depression.


(Female, aged 45)


I was feeling really depressed when I first came to see Sarah. My partner and I had moved to London away from my family. Following on from two failed IVF treatments and pressure from family members life became difficult.


I was referred to Sarah via my Occupational Health Service for CBT sessions. Before attending the sessions, I felt apprehensive and wasn't convinced they would work. However, after 6 weeks of CBT I am approaching the challenges of life more positively. I am able to deal with situations as they arise. I have learnt some very useful techniques to enable me to do this.


In conclusion, I am pleased to be able to report that my depression has resolved and I am looking at life more positively.


(Female, aged 33)


When I came for CBT I was in a deep depression and felt suicidal. I was scared by just how suicidal I felt and was worried I might do something on the spur of the moment. I was a bit reluctant to do CBT, because I didn’t want to admit to a therapist how bad I felt. I was ashamed of my depression and suicidal thoughts.


I found CBT to be fantastic. It was extremely useful, very helpful. I learnt some brilliant strategies that I can easily apply every day. They have just become part of my life now and I don’t even have to put a lot of effort into doing them.  It just feels like making a cup of tea: something that requires only a bit of effort but has a nice result. I still feel a bit ashamed of how I felt and I can accept that shame without dwelling on it.


I found working with Sarah to be great fun and a pleasure. She is always on the ball and has great understanding of so much to do with depression.


(Female, aged 45)


When I first came to CBT, I wasn’t sure if it would ever be possible for me to not feel as low and depressed as I did at that time. As the sessions progressed my eyes were opened to the some of the inner workings of my mind.  I found the exercises undertaken in the sessions and practiced at home were hugely beneficial in bringing about a huge shift in how I felt.


Now I feel much more confident when facing challenges and I no longer feel as overwhelmed.  I have found a healthy balance between reflecting upon the past and not spending time too much time dwelling on it. I find that when I have concerns about the future I can manage my worry and deal with uncertainty in a more effective way.


I realise it is possible for me to not feel low and depressed.  I feel so much happier with my approach to each day.


(Female, aged 23)


CBT for travel anxiety and depression following a car accident


I came for CBT sessions nearly 2 years after my accident. My symptoms seemed to be getting worse and worse. I was stuck in the past dwelling on what had happened to me and I couldn’t find a way to move on. I felt very anxious and depressed. As the months went by I felt more and more anxious and depressed.  I had flashbacks every day, felt irritable and slept badly.  I felt trapped in a vicious cycle.


Through CBT I have learnt to manage and significantly reduce my feelings of anxiety. I no longer feel depressed. I have learnt how to deal with flashbacks and intrusive thoughts about the accident.  I am now able drive past the scene of the accident without it bothering me.  I feel confident to drive long distances and I have actually started to enjoy driving once again.


I actually feel happier and more confident than I did before the accident. I have learnt some amazing techniques on how to focus my attention and concentrate in all areas of my life. 


(Female, aged 27)


Testimonial for CBT for treating depression and social phobia


The sessions have been fantastic and really eye-opening. They helped me clarify some of the low self-esteem issues I had about myself.  They have given me the mental tools to overcome my low moods and depression and to live a much more rewarding life.  


Thanks Sarah.


(Female, aged 35)