Cognitive Emotional Therapy "Personal Service.... Professional Values"

"Help for your Mind ... When you're feeling a little lost..."

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Listed below are some early responses to the Cognitive Emotional Therapy (POMM) project

A long sought after opportunity to be me: to explore my feelings about myself and my world.

I have discovered meaning where there was nothing, fulfilment where there was only emptiness and peace where fear had dwelt so long.”

Marie

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Robin has given me the tools to find the underlying beliefs and emotions that have influenced me so negatively and to let them go. Years of fear, doubt and confusion are coming to an end. My true nature stands out more clearly and I have greater confidence and trust in life. Thankyou Robin.
Thomas

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I now feel some hope for the future, prior to seeing Dr Hensman I had given up on life. I had no sense of self, (I did not know who I really was). Dr Hensman has helped me to look inside myself for answers to my problems. I feel I have become less judgmental and thus more open minded and more peaceful in life.

Tom

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Working with Dr Hensman I have felt able to express (sometimes) all my feelings: anger, hurt, abandonment, bitterness, without fear of contradiction, chastisement, ridicule.

I feel a safety I’ve never felt before. Without Cognitive Emotional Training I believe I would be lost in a never ending, spiraling, horrible vortex.

Bryn

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Attending the CET (POMM) group has given me insight into my way of thinking.  It has made me realise that I can take a different view of life instead of all the turmoil going on in my mind all the time.

       The "Cognitive Relaxation" & mindfulness training has helped me to gain some peace in my mind when in desperation.  I am finding that I was in conflict with myself not the world.  I am also learning ways of not reacting to certain upsetting situations by "stepping back" to look at them differently.

         The knowledge that other people have similar problems helps me to realise that I am not abnormal and all alone.

Janet

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I now feel some hope for the future, prior to attending the groups I had given up on life. I had no sense of self, (I did not know who I really was.)

It has taught me to look inside myself for answers to my problems. I feel I have become less judgmental and thus more open minded in life.

In this change of outlook on life I feel less stressed and anxious and I have noticed a reduction in my symptoms of depression.

The group at present is helping me to deal with issues which have proved traumatic in the past which are causing me anxiety in the present. I feel I would be unable to tackle these issues in a different environment.

I have found the Cognitive Emotional Therapy (POMM) group of great support, without the group I feel I would have had nowhere to turn to for HELP.

Glenys

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I have been attending Dr. Hensman's Cognitive Emotional Therapy group for several months.  I began from a position of hopelessness, panic and fear, seeing dangers and problems everywhere.  Anti-depressants had had no effect.  However, through gradual, patient interest and guidance; attitudes, ideas, prejudices, fears and feelings that have been ingrained in me for years, are now out in the open.

           This means I can see them, understand them and work towards changing them, if that's what I need to do to attain peace of mind.  Putting it succinctly, attending this group has changed me, or helped me to change, from a frightened person with no hope and no self respect to a person with growing hope and optimism for the future.

       I myself, and those near me have seen and recognised the improvements in my mental state.  Dr. Hensman and his group have given me the time, the guidance and the atmosphere to move away from a deep depression towards a lasting, genuine hope and peace.

David

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I have attended the Cognitive Therapy group for the last year and it has helped me a lot in turning from a depressed mentally ill person, who was preoccupied with forgetting things all the time, into a more confident, self reliant sort of character who with the help and support of the group still challenges the amount of medication necessary. I hope to attend many times more.

Joyce

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There is a healing philosophy available which takes time to absorb and displace the destructive values I have been thoroughly trained in earlier in life. In this, I feel I still have a long way to go.

Some group members embody my own personal nightmares. It is an opportunity to make sweet dreams of them.

The meetings are great fun.

In the group it is easy, and always acceptable, just to be myself.

Julie

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Cognitive Emotional Therapy Group:

The very thought of facing a group of people and sharing personal feelings can initially be quite daunting. It takes time to build a rapport and to be trusting of other group members.

The aim of the group is to share and respect peoples views and to provide support for each other. The benefits are that it enables you to express your self and to learn from other peoples experiences, helping you to sort out your negative thinking, so as not to feel so alone with your problems.

Kevin

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Dr Hensman’s group has provided an invaluable source of help and support in my efforts to cope with and overcome my current psychological difficulties and I am very grateful for its existence.

David

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I have found the Cognitive Emotional Therapy Group to be most beneficial. It has helped me to realise many people have experienced the same fears and anxieties I have. Knowing this has helped me feel a lot less alone and lost.

It is nice to know that the group will always be there to listen and be so completely with you if you need to talk about any problems and they will not be judgmental of you.

I also find it good therapy to listen to other people’s problems. Although it always makes me feel my problems are minor compared to theirs, but they are still a problem to me.

I have come a long way since I have joined the group & although I still find it very hard to speak out in front of everyone this is accepted and not judged.

Anon

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Peace of mind through Mindfulness or POMM - a strange term for an unusual process.  'Thinking myself better' is perhaps an easier way to describe exactly what is going on.  To use it, simply identify ego-based thoughts, abandon them, and be open to the guidance that is available.  Sounds easy, but it isn't.  Ego is tricky, cunning, deceitful stuff and has a never-ending supply of tricks up its sleeve.  Entrenched thinking patterns, particularly those established in the dim and distant past are difficult to impact.  Mistaken beliefs, held for nearly a life-time, seem part of my Being and are difficult to abandon.  The meetings provide a safe, non-judgmental forum for help, advice, support and, most importantly, a continual bombardment to an ego that steadily seems to increase in strength as the week stretches further away from our weekly meetings,

Michael

 

 

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