My first experience with mental health services was in 2010 when I became severely depressed which lead to my first suicide attempt. This developed into Psychosis and I totally lost track of reality. This was an incredibly difficult time for myself and my family.
I was treated by the Crisis Team in Rotherham who were fantastic. I was put on medication and over time came back in touch with reality. But this was preventable. I was then moved to the care of the Early Intervention Team once I became stable who then organised for me to see a Psychologist – this was my first experience of therapy.
Although this process was very difficult, unravelling your life in 1 hour then having to put it all back in a box and carry on with normal life, that is tough and I will never forgot the stress that therapy can bring.
In the same breath I also would not be where I am today without going through that process. What I now know helped me from those Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) sessions is that having someone who I trusted to share my story with was worth it’s weight in gold. Having someone who you can really open up to is the secret to effective therapy.
I set up GrayDays with a vision of improving people’s mental health. I know first hand that talking, put simply, saves lives. It also can dramatically improve someone’s situation and enhance the quality of their life.
I pride myself on my non-judgemental approach. My voluntary work with Rotherham Samaritans showed me how important it is to not judge someone and also the work of Carl Rogers cemented this. Judgement can be a very big blockage to effective listening.
My journey has taken me to some dark places and I’ve also been through some incredibly manic stages throughout my illness but I’m now very much in the middle where I aim to stay.
I don’t have the answers but what I do have is the ability to find those answers within you.
When you discover these yourself the effects are far greater and longer lasting.
Having therapy can be a frightening prospect but sometimes in order to get somewhere you need to take a calculated risk and that’s scary but so is a life living in the dark.
My course involved learning many different models but I lean towards a person centred approach however my experiences have shown that people sometimes need that little extra. What that ‘little extra’ is differs from person to person.
All work is fully insured and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (member number 383564) and follow their Ethical Framework.