Coming to see a psychologist can feel daunting and I understand that most people who consider this feel some degree of apprehension. This is entirely normal. Booking that first appointment takes courage. To try to put your mind at ease I'll tell you a bit about myself.
I married and had children at a relatively young age, and and it wasn't until I was 36 and divorced that I went to university. By this time, my self-esteem was extremely low, as was my confidence, but I did have a long-held dream to become a Psychologist. So , as a single parent of 2 school-age children I began the long process of training and studying. 6 years later I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist.
I have learned so much about people (including myself) along my journey. I understand how low you can feel when you think there is no way forward. However, I want to encourage you today to not give up. I have a huge belief in the ability of human beings to learn and adapt and to become resilient. My doctoral research focussed on how resilience can be developed after experiences of adversity. What I learned from my research, my own life and from my clinical practice has given me great hope. My aim to is help people to have a bit of hope too and then to work with them to understand themselves a bit more. Then together, we work on a plan to try to move forward, learning new ways of thinking and behaving along the way, that will hopefully help you to feel much better.
I gave a TEDx talk about how we can become more resilient. Please watch it here: https://goo.gl/sr9JHE
If you would like to find out more about psychological therapy please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
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