Angus: "I want to thank you for helping us as a family and to rebuild a shadow of a boy to a confident and maturing teenager"
Mari: I wanted to write and say thanks for the guidance you gave me through my CBT sessions. I honestly feel like a different person. Your sessions have made me understand myself much better, which has made everyday life much easier as I don't battle with my thoughts, and I see the positives so much more. I have learnt to actually live my life, rather than exist. The best bit is, because I am more calm and accepting, those around me benefit as I don't panic and make bad choices. As I am able to control my worrying better, lots of opportunities are opening up - I just wish I had seen you years ago!
N. B. Taunton
I first met Debbie many months ago when I started experiencing severe anxiety. At first I was nervous about seeing a psychologist but Debbie quickly put me at ease, and very soon it was like talking to a friend. Debbie was able to get me to see how my personality drove my thoughts in a particular direction, and how I could change that process to ease my anxiety. I would highly recommend Debbie and her colleagues at PPCT.
Ms D, Devon
Mari: I just want to say a MASSIVE thank you for changing my life and my family's life for the better, it can't be an easy job at all but you kept me alive until I could live for myself again. Nobody else would/could understand what that means.
When I first went to see Debbie I was at the lowest point I had ever been in my life and kept telling myself “this shouldn’t be happening to me” and “I’m meant to be the strong one”. I was petrified to go, was a big thing even to leave the house let alone to see a stranger to confess that I was losing the plot. Debbie instantly made me feel less ill at ease and she had the most amazing ability of drawing out of me old problems I didn’t ever think bothered me.
I have learnt to know my triggers, when I need to sit back, to take stock and say, ok, you can deal with this and I refer back to a passage I read on the recommendation of Debbie, basically I now “treat life like a salami, take it in bite sized chunks, don’t try to eat it all at once, your brain will get indigestion!”
Ms R, Somerset
I came to this practice from a place of suspecting I had post-traumatic stress disorder as an underlying cause for the sudden onset of hyperacusis. Being assessed by Dr Deeley confirmed quite a severe diagnosis and she quickly assured me there were treatments available, which was a great relief for me. I immediately felt in safe hands so starting a course of EMDR seemed like the next logical step to healing. I am so glad I took that journey with Linda. After what felt like a lifetime of not listening to my body, and allowing the past traumas to remain unprocessed, I was amazed and slightly spooked by how quickly the treatment allowed me to feel traumas stored by my body. Those pains were released and processed so gently, I will be forever grateful for those sessions in which I could release difficult experiences of domestic abuse, familial trauma, the difficulties of living abroad and working with people displaced by war in conflict-affected areas. I found in Linda the great combination of talking with the wise, kind listener, processing with a doctor, and assembling an arsenal of tools to cope with difficulty in the future with a caregiver.
One month on from starting treatment I already feel a revolutionary shift in the way I cope with difficult situations. Things are not always easy but accepting that has made things easier in itself. Learning to choose the kinder path has changed so much. Perhaps most notably I feel like I came back to myself and a core of resilience that was shrouded but not damaged by trauma. Listening to my body, and inner advisor, is a practice I will endeavour to take with me through life.