I contacted Margaret Walsh for help as I had been diagnosed with depression five weeks previously and was on medication. My life felt pretty rubbish at that time and I didn’t like myself. There had been a lot of family problems over the years and some older family members were greatly dependent on me. As a result, my relationship with my beautiful wife was affected and I had a deep fear that she would look at someone else.
As a perfectionist, I was crucifying myself with negative thoughts and I felt weighed down with fear and frustration. After talking things over with Margaret, I realised I wanted to feel more confident, especially with my wife on an intimate basis, and to show my feelings, to get my spontaneity back. I wanted to get rid of negative thoughts and get back to the person I used to be.
After the first session, I felt a little better in myself and more confident. I was being easier on myself and feeling more relaxed. However, I was up and down. Gradually, with more sessions, I was having more good days than bad, my wife noticed that things were better and my sleep had improved. I allowed older family members to be more responsible for themselves and, in my mind, I took a step back from that situation.
I had four sessions in all and I’ve been feeling really good ever since. My thinking is not self-destructive, I’m not feeling self-conscious and I’m more confident. I’ve managed to turn my thoughts around and accept who I am and my feelings of anxiety have come right down. When Margaret rang me to see how I was doing, she said how much more talkative I was and I told her that I was back to the old ‘me’, laughing and joking again. I said, “This is me, this is it”, whereas I had been very insular and self-conscious before.
Margaret is a lovely lady and she turned it round for me.