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NPR is a totally new and exciting method of treating anxiety. This is one area of mental health that is very poorly served so it is important to have a safe and effective new talking therapy available. In my view this has the potential to be as important in
anxiety as CBT has become for depression.

Dr Tom Gilhooly (GP, Glasgow)

Gill explained to me how anxiety and depression function, a thorough and logical explanation that made complete sense.  For me this was a revelation. Almost straight away she gave me what I had been looking for, perspective on my life, what had happened to me and how it had affected my outlook on the world.

Steve Mason, Musician.

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I dont know where I would be now had I not had this treatment, it gave me back my life.

Jane

I am so glad I had this therapy. It wasnt even like I imagined therapy to be, it was easy to understand and felt relaxed.

Liz

The treatment felt so natural and easy that I don’t know why no one told me what to do sooner. I tell everyone about how I went from being a worrier to a positive person, I even help my grandchildren when they worry now.

Marie

I first met Gill Batty in 2006. I had been suffering from depression and anxiety for around 15 years by that time and had been to see a few people to get help but none of them helped me at all. The standard situation was a huge box of tissues, a tape recorder and a silent therapist/psychologist who seemed to think me talking about my problems and having a good cry would solve everything. I knew it would not. I have never had a problem talking about my feelings but i had no perspective on them and could not understand WHY this was happening to me. I never had any rapport with these people and they never gave me any feedback on what I was saying. I imagined after a few weeks that there would be this big reveal and they would say ”  Well Mr Mason, what’s happening is this, this and this and it’s because of this. Here is what you need to do”. But no. Nothing! It just went on and on. The more it went on and on I naturally assumed I must be REALLY ill and there was nothing that could be done. This frightened me and I stopped seeing anyone at all and finally went on anti-depressants.  They levelled things off a little but were never a cure.  After a particularly bad period in 2005 I was lucky enough to get an appointment with Gill. I liked her immediately. She was younger than most of the people I had seen before, in every way. She didn’t have a constant expression of dour sympathy (which I always found patronising) and we laughed quite a bit. I know some people would find it impossible to find humour in such a situation and I understand that, but I did and it was a relief to find Gill was similar in outlook.  So, while I told her my story of how I ended up sitting in front of her she was deadly serious when she needed to be but very light hearted when it was appropriate.  She explained to me how anxiety and depression function, a thorough and logical explanation that made complete sense.  For me this was a revelation. Almost straight away she gave me what I had been looking for, perspective on my life, what had happened to me and how it had affected my outlook on the world.  It suddenly seemed so obvious and simple but I had been totally unable to see it. I was so relieved that someone finally was going to help me tackle all my problems and that I was not incurable and mad.  Something could be done.  I could get better.  And, I did. Gill has been an enormous help in my life. I feel incredibly lucky to have met her and she is always there for me if I have any questions.  That’s the reason I am writing this, I want you to have the opportunity to get some real, lasting help. It can be done. You are not mad. You are not crazy. And you will get well again. I did, and I have been to hell and back many times! I am now off anti-depressants and feeling really good.  I can’t thank her enough for that and I cannot recommend her knowledge and experience in the field highly enough. Steve Mason (Musician, Solo Artist)

 

I was actually being treated for Post Natal Depression but nothing seemed to be working. I eventually was told by my Health Visitor about someone who lived in the same town as me who had a reputation of being a very good therapist. I have to admit, I didnt think anyone would be able to help me as I had felt so awful for so long.

Very quickly Gill established that underneath the depression I was suffering from a permanent state of anxiety. I had been having panic attacks since giving birth but I just thought they were part of depression. It turns out that they were the problem all along. Gill explained the way panic and anxiety work and it was the most sensible explanation I had ever heard, it made total sense and matched my feelings exactly. She then taught me the Neuro Psychological Reprogramming technique and straight away the anxiety disappeared. As soon as the anxiety disappeared I felt like my old self, I dont think I was ever actually depressed now that I know more about it. I was just petrified and in a state of sheer terror.

I dont know where I would be now had I not had this treatment, it gave me back my life. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend it, in fact, I tell everyone I know about it, its amazing how many people admit they are anxious if you bring it up first. They dont need to suffer though, I know that now and am so grateful.

 Jane. Fife.

 

I was told about Neuro Psychological Repogramming by my doctor. It was a really difficult time. I was addicted to diazapam and had been lying to my family for a long time about it. I was even registered with two different doctors surgeries so that I could get double the prescribed dose but my doctor found me out. I was terrified of having to survive with no diazapam at all and was advised to try this treatment. My parents drove me to the appointment and although I cant remember that much about the first session, I felt much much calmer by the time I left. I went back twice a week for the next couple of weeks and by that time I was pretty much living a normal life. It was strange because there were so many things I hadnt done for so long because I was too scared, but they just seemed normal again. I am so glad I had this therapy. It wasnt even like I imagined therapy to be, it was easy to understand and felt relaxed. I felt safe straight away and now I feel safe all the time. I missed a big chunk of my childs life because I was on tranquillisers and Im sad about that. Im making up for it now though.

 Liz. Perthshire.

 

I have been anxious on and off for many years, and just thought it was normal to go through times when I didnt go out, didn’t see anyone and felt scared of everything. I couldn’t stop worrying and I thought it was just my personality. I went to see Gill when a friend told me about her. She knew someone who had recovered from anxiety and depression through her. It’s weird, I am the same person, but a calm version. I worry sometimes but not in the same way that I did before. The treatment felt so natural and easy that I don’t know why no one told me what to do sooner. I tell everyone about how I went from being a worrier to a positive person, I even help my grandchildren when they worry now. I know just how the brain works and so do they now! Wonderful stuff.

Marie.

 

My experience …  I have always been an anxious person but in august 2010 I was supposed to drive my father in law home n that’s when it started. I was straight in the toilet being sick. I was scared at the thought of leaving the house or going anywhere. This turned in to a common thing. I would make up lies as to why I couldn’t go here or there as I felt embarrassed to tell anyone. In October 2010 I had my brother in laws wedding on a boat at Sydney Harbour. My daughter was a flower girl and my son was a page boy. They were both so excited it was their 1st wedding and they looked gorgeous on the day….I didn’t make it to wedding I stayed home and cried n put myself down. My hubby took kids to see the family then came home to be with me so I wasn’t alone on Christmas Day, the kids played at a neighbor’s house with their kids and spent the whole day there. All I kept saying was I’ve ruined xmas. It wasn’t until January that I started to use the NPR treatment. I did read up about it from about sept 2010 but I didn’t believe in myself that I could do it at that point. From January I wanted the help, I needed the help so I started putting the NPR treatment into effect. I started a little diary i use to cal my ‘freak out’ book. I use to freak out when sitting at traffic lights in the car. I started doing driving sessions where I would go for a drive and mainly go through traffic lights. It helped so much. I used to get very anxious when going to the school to pick my daughter up. I would get there right on the bell, or I would send my mum up to the school most days. Then I started making sure I went to the school and wouldn’t send mum and I would go a min or two earlier and would stop and talk to some of the mums then I would go about 10 min earlier and chat with the mums. Now in Oct 2011 I still use the NPR treatment I’m always out of the house. I take my kids to the park ,shops, outings etc with no problems, I go up to the school, I go visit my friends and family, I drive everywhere and I just started working again. I still do get a little anxious at times but I have learnt to accept the feelings and to keep going. I know I’m not scared of that anxious state and that it can’t hurt me. By doing the NPR treatment it gave me back my life. Thank u Gill xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 😀

Angela.

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