Frances came to see me for therapy at the age of 35 after struggling her entire life with constant worry, irrational fears, and ongoing depression.

Frances woke up every morning with a feeling of dread – a feeling that something terrible was going to happen.

She fretted about everything.

She worried that if she spoke up at work, people would not like her. She constantly feared that something “bad” was going to happen to her 2-year-old daughter. She felt that people didn’t like her, or wouldn’t like her if she said the wrong thing.

There wasn’t much Frances didn’t worry about.

Unfortunately, Frances also struggled with bouts of depression. On some days, she had trouble getting out of bed.

Yet, she did get out of bed and put a fake “smile” on her face to greet her husband in the morning and then later her colleagues at work.

Although Frances told me she never seriously considered suicide, she did wonder at times if it was worth living.

By the time Frances started seeing me for therapy, she was at the end of her rope. Frances felt she could no longer continue to suffer. Frances knew she needed help.

In therapy, we explored the traumatic background Frances had that she never healed. She just kept pushing it to the back of her mind even though it was evident that it was the driving force behind her anxiety and depression.

I used gentle therapy techniques based on the latest neuroscience to help Frances calm her nervous system, which was often in a highly aroused state.

We also worked on overcoming some of the past experiences in her childhood that were interfering with her life.

Gradually, Frances started to feel calmer in her day-to-day life. She slept better and was more relaxed in social situations. She stopped worrying about her daughter and was more focused when at work. She stated that she never enjoyed work as much as she does now.

Frances started feeling better about herself and more accepting of who she was.

Frances’ relationship with her husband improved. He was amazed at how much happier she was. She laughed more and was more playful with him.

When Frances ended therapy, she said she felt like an entirely new person.

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