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If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact me on the details below or you can use the form.  You can also check out my facebook page, where I post blogs, articles and relevant posts https://www.facebook.com/amandawellstherapy/.  You can find my GDPR Data Protection Policy Amanda Wells Privacy Policy – 21 May 2018.

Chose you – prioritise yourself – you are the only one who can do that for yourself.  Time flies by in a whisper.  Make sure that you’re living it as the best possible version of yourself.

amandawellstherapy@gmail.com
www.amandawellstherapy.com

07984 449342
01923 219923

Watford, WD24

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Couples of days late on the #timetotalk campaign, but a little story about why I do what I do, my own journey, with the aim to stamp out the stigma. Talking about mental health should never be an issue. Realising your dreams is possible no matter what you've been through.

I left the Welsh Valleys at 17 years young, suitcase in hand, escaping childhood trauma but unfortunately stepping into several years of domestic violence. The result of 8 years of trauma left me with PTSD, flashbacks, severely anxious, a self-esteem that was on the floor and saw me entering a string of destructive relationships. After being bullied by a particularly narcissistic female boss, I realised I was repeating unhealthy patterns, being triggered too often and I needed to change, monumentally. And I was ready…

And so my journey began. I entered over 200 hours of personal therapy, with several different therapists, over many years. I put myself on wellbeing courses, read self-help books, watched ted talks and soaked up as much knowledge as I could. I learned how to self care, using exercise, diet, yoga, meditation and mindfulness, creativity and lots of practical tools. I surrounded myself with a supportive network of friends, family, therapists and professional services, which I am eternally grateful for, all of which helped me remain balanced and well.

Finally feeling comfortable in my own shoes, I realised that I wanted to pass my knowledge and tools that I had learned, that had put me back together when I felt broken and unfixable. I wanted to make what I had been through mean something, to help others recover, so I qualified as an integrative counsellor

I followed it up with the Award in Education and Training and began writing and teaching wellbeing courses for mental health charities – Herts Mind Network, Mind and The New Leaf College. I've just begun writing my first book and have set up my own little recording studio to begin making meditations.

Cliché but I'd never change a moment of what I've been through. Its why I'm here right now living the dream and loving my work. Watching people grow and change and being allowed to be such a personal, connected part of their journey is a privelidge and honour.

Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. You don’t have to continue to live with difficulty, there is hope. You can heal, feel empowered again and live the life that you deserve. Never feel ashamed. Mental health difficulties are often a sign of someone having to have been too strong for too long.
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Anxiety is a bitch. That horrible feeling can hit your stomach before you've even opened your eyes in the morning, swirling around, engaging your fight flight response, preventing you from getting back to sleep. It can be low level, hit you every now and then, maybe when triggered or it could be there all of the time, hitting you in gentle waves. At its worst, it's all consuming, overwhelming, full of panic and scary.

Pretending that you're ok is emotionally exhausting and draining. You wear a mask because you don't want other people knowing how bad you feel, hiding embarrassment. You don't want to be a burden, or bring people around you down, so you hide away because that feels easier. But you feel lonely and you need company. You compare yourself to others, thinking that everyone else can cope with life, why can't you. Comparing your insides with other peoples outsides is never a fair comparison. Those masks hide it well.

Your critical mind drives you bonkers, the negativity is draining and your desperate to escape your own brain, the monster inside feels bigger than you.

What people often don't realise is that everyone has that inner dialogue that constantly talks. If you're anxious or fearful, having been triggered, that talk is toxic. Its so important to realise that you're not the voice in your mind. You're the one who hears, that often meaningless, waste of time and energy, incessant chatter - separate the two. That inner voice is talking to you because you're not ok and talking releases energy. Its trying to make sense of it by internally verbalising. You have to work hard to not engage and get carried away with the story that your brain constructs. It takes practice but it is possible to quiet that inner dialogue.

I'm pretty sure that if you had a friend who spoke to you the way your inner voice does, you'd have dropped them by now, yet when that voice pipes up, you just accept it as truth and keep on taking it. You have the power to choose not to engage with that voice that is often wrong and spurting absolute perfectionist, rigid, worst case scenario, 'what if's' rubbish.

If this resonates with you and you'd like to work together to beat anxiety, please contact me. You don't have to live with it. You can learn skills that will help you to manage and find balance. We can teach your body that it doesn't have to be afraid anymore, no matter what triggered it in the first place. There's lots you can do to empower yourself and take charge. Change is possible with hard work and practice. Deal with your demons to live a better life.
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