MY EXPERIENCE WITH PRIVATE THERAPY.

When I recently did a post all about my anxiety, a few people asked if I would go into further detail about my experience with private therapy. So here’s that post!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I really count counselling as a major part of making me feel better. I did go to the free service that is on the NHS, but I was only offered a quick 6 week course, and although it kind of touched the basics and gave me certain exercises to do, I didn’t get that personal one-to-one feeling and support that I truly needed. I kind of felt that I was just a number.

 

We, (me and my mum) decided to look for a private counsellor near us and we found one, thanks to Google. We of course throughly checked this person out and made sure she had the correct qualifications etc. Let me just state: They are not cheap. It was from memory just over £50 an hour. Which I know is so expensive, but if it works for your recovery, is there any better thing to invest in than your mind? I don’t think so.

The first session I was literally a bag of nerves. Opening up your innermost feelings to a complete (albeit qualified) stranger is terrifying. It’s very ironic getting anxious to see somebody who is helping you with your anxiety! After the first session I warmed up very easily, and we began working through what led to my anxiety, thought patterns behind this, what was realistic or what my mind had exaggerated etc.

 

This was also what sparked my love for self-care books as her room was full of them! She let me borrow some too to read in my own time which was lovely. I learnt so much about myself in these sessions that I’m not sure I would of discovered at this stage in my life, if I hadn’t of had them.

 

There are so so many different techniques that I learned from my time with her, that I couldn’t possibly recite every single one here, nor do them justice. We worked together for about 3 months every week or so, until we both felt that I could manage my anxiety by myself with the tips and knowledge I had learned.

But if you read this wondering if it was worth all the time and money? ABSOLUTELY. Would I go back in the future if needs be? DEFINITELY. 

 

I truly believe just as there are doctors out there to help our bodies, there is also people out there which can help our minds. 

 

If you are suffering with anxiety or any other mental health issues, please speak to a professional or someone close to you. They really do help!

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  • I’ve done some CBT based therapy before and at first I really wasn’t in to it, and but after a few sessions, I left feeling better each week! x

  • amelia may

    This is so helpful and lovely to hear your story and experiences. Bestest wishes. Xxx lovely photos too. Xx

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  • Thank you for chatting about this Natalie, it is really interesting to hear your experience! I have heard that the 6 week courses just aren’t long enough – barely touching the service! Investing money into therapy is the best thing to, even though it is pricey, it is 1039% worth it! Beaut outfit too my love 🙂 Immy x

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    • Thank you! And yes it’s so worth it to start properly LIVING! <3

  • That’s brilliant that it’s helped you! Definitely expensive but as you say but 100% worth investing in yourself!

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    • Definitely! You may be able to get cheaper ones too but we didn’t do too much investigating!

  • Michael

    So, you stepped up for yourself, then you stepped up for folks out there. You shared a part of your life, your heart, your soul. Do you understand how big that is? Folks you will never know about will be touched and helped by your words. Don’t ever underestimate your ability to help others. I think you are good to the bone. Thank you for letting me come here.

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you!

  • Thanks for sharing your experience of the Natalie, really good to hear how much private therapy helped you and so glad that it did! Definitely worth the money, you can’t put a price on health, be it physical or mental. Love that tee too!
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you and thanks for reading! xx

  • Diana Maria

    Thank you for being so open about such an important experience! There is so much stigma attached to seeking help for our mental health, when there really shouldn’t be! I too saw therapists before and found it so helpful, so I’m glad you gained something from this 🙂

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days