Testimonial from a Parent
Dear Sara, I know we haven’t had our last session yet, but I am emailing you just to express my thanks for all you’ve done for us. It took me a long time to even go to the GP, let alone feel happy with going to see a psychologist. I was worried that it would make things worse, or focus too much on her problems. I thought I was being an over anxious parent (although I don’t have any such worries about my other daughter). I’ve got lots of medics in the extended family and everyone said she would grow out of it. Also I didn’t really have much confidence in the process. But I am so so glad we came to see you. Her behaviour has changed quite dramatically. She no longer comes into our bed to sleep (except very very occasionally). She is not frightened about being in a room on her own. She no longer panics about feeling sick (which is so draining when we are up lots of times in the night). She is much more confident talking about her feelings. She hardly ever panics. Of course like any child she is growing in confidence every day, and of course she still has worries about things. But they are manageable and don’t drag us down and she can talk about them, she understands them better and is not so frightened of those feelings. I’m sure just me and her taking the time out to come on our visits to you has been a benefit in itself. But I am also sure that if it wasn’t for you, and the particular way you do what you do, this wouldn’t have happened. She obviously likes and trusts you. I am so grateful for the way you don’t patronise her, for your calmness, kindness and lightness of touch. You make the sessions feel like a very very safe and relaxed place for her to be. So I am very grateful to you…I think its a massive investment for later life. She now knows that she can find help for her problems (she can face things, talk about them and put them in perspective). I think she is far more likely to be able to cope in the future than I was/am. Thank you so much!