I am so pleased to have finally found somebody who can provide a flexible approach to my issues rather than just more Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
When I started seeing Julie I was suffering from daily panic attacks, anxiety, low moods, low self-esteem and body dysmorphia.
At 16 I received CBT due to issues surrounding eating and obsessive exercise; I was diagnosed with anxiety, low moods and body dysmorphia.
The CBT was unsuccessful so I was essentially given these labels and sent on my way with no real understanding or support in place.
Through working with Julie I have managed to come to terms with the underlying causes of my issues with food and exercise, and I now do not associate myself with the body dysmorphia label I was given whatsoever.
At 19 I started having panic attacks on top of everything else which meant another referral to do CBT and another unsuccessful process.
It was at this point my dad insisted I went to see Julie, I resisted at first as I was sceptical about trying counselling as I was under the impression that it was for people who were suffering bereavement or serious trauma rather than just general mental health issues.
Since starting my sessions with Julie I have achieved so many goals big and small I never thought would be possible including moving away to university, going interrailing, going on my first all-inclusive holiday, starting a new job, treating myself to food deemed unhealthy without feeling guilty or hating myself, allowing myself to miss gym sessions and allow my body time to rest, going out for meals, eating at buffets, learning to say no to people and going away for weekends without it being a big thing.
Julie helped me to think rationally about everything and develop coping mechanisms, I am overwhelmed with how far I have come since starting my sessions with her.
I have a better quality of life now, I am able to enjoy things I never thought I would be able to and I am the happiest I have ever been.