When I engaged in CBT with Dr Ross I was in a very dark place in my life. I had been diagnosed with depression and at the time I was living in London and working in a corporate setting. Work anxiety and corporate burnout had taken their toll and I was in desperate need of some tools and practical support to manage my situation. To put this in perspective, I was on sick leave for 4 months.
As with many young people in their late twenties, the reality of life can sometimes hit us hard when we come out of university bright-eyed with all the best intentions of ‘working our way up’ the ladder. While I was doing well, I didn’t anticipate the damage that work pressure, exhaustive hours and pressure from the top would have on me and I became dangerous to myself, which put enormous pressure on my friends and family.
I was recommended Dr Ross by Bupa and I can truthfully say that doing CBT with her has been the best decision and process I’ve ever been through in my life. I now have the tools to manage stress levels when they flare up and I’ve been inspired to think about other options in life. I’ve had several CBT therapists and none of them have been as effective, professional or genuine as Dr Ross. She is an absolute pleasure to ‘work with’ and has a calming authenticity about her and real passion for her clients’ wellbeing. I couldn’t recommend her more and I’d be delighted to speak with anyone who would like some more information. (Contact Dr Ross for my email address).
I have suffered with quite severe post infectious IBS for a number of years now. Unfortunately, the anxiety that often accompanies IBS had started to creep into every corner of my life, to the point I would avoid events and situations which might leave me without access to the toilet. Following a chance meeting with ‘Dr Google’ I read a testimonial about CBT and the impact it can have on IBS anxiety.
In my quest to ‘get better’ I reached out to Jane about setting up a session to explore this thing called CBT. Six months later, I am so glad I made that move. Jane is fantastic, Jane made me feel at ease from day one and worked with me through my anxieties, one step at a time.
CBT requires you to jump in with both feet, commit to the process and take a look at yourself from an outside perspective. I know that can sound scary on the face of it, but it’s actually one of the best things I have done to get to know me. Jane was a brilliant guide, mentor and friend to go on such a journey. While I still have work to do, this process has changed my life in a many ways, I can now be me again and I would have no reservations about recommending Jane and CBT to anyone with anxiety or similar challenges.
CBT with Dr Ross enabled me to be the person I always wanted to be.
I came to Dr Ross at the lowest point in my life-I really saw no way forward. I had my first CBT session.
Jane was very thorough at evaluating what had happened and looking into the reasons I thought the way I did. The initial sessions particularly were often tough and a real revelation to me about my thoughts and beliefs that had developed over my life. Jane was very good at helping me to open up. Jane then helped me to use exercises and techniques to manage the way I thought and find a way of identifying any unhelpful thoughts and ultimately looking at things in a much more positive and useful way.
I cannot recommend CBT and Jane enough, she has without a doubt improved my life.
How I have benefited from CBT...
I had no knowledge of CBT until when working offshore a medic suggested the therapy for myself. He explained how it had helped him and it appealed to me as it was explained to me that it can stop you fixating on a negative thought and instead concentrate on life’s priorities.
I had been depressed and severely anxious for a while and was full of very poisonous, debilitating thoughts and crushing fear, so much that at times I had lost touch with reality and caused me to disassociate from family and friends. I had previously sought professional help elsewhere to help me understand why I had lost touch with reality and why I was depressed and anxious, but this was medication based and it never managed to remove my negative thoughts and fears.
My first impression of Dr Jane Ross was of real confidence as after initially hearing my issues, she assured me that what I had was very treatable and that she could help me to overcome my anxiety, low mood and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After some sessions of CBT, I left feeling like I had been hypnotised (I hadn’t!) and would leave feeling very positive and would look forward to my next session. We used lots of techniques which were tailored to meet my individual needs. Some of these techniques used by Dr Ross during the sessions included:
Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD was used for situations I had found traumatic and which had left me confused and extremely anxious in the past. This proved extremely helpful and was great to desensitise and to normalise situations that I’d been trying to avoid thinking about as I’d found them so distressing. My distress, as expected, was high initially but continued to reduce at each session. For the first time, I can now think about and talk about the events with no distress.
Discussing my past and identifying and challenging negative or traumatic situations, which did take a while in exposing due to my feelings of guilt and embarrassment.
Identifying, understanding and pinpointing symptoms of anxiety. On one session I became physically shaken due to what we were about to discuss, even though this was in a safe environment but it was very educational how easy it would be for me to become very anxious. Dr Ross educated me on the physiology of anxiety and how to control my symptoms of anxiety and panic in a quick and effective manner which enabled me to feel that I am taking control.
Initially I found some symptoms of unhelpful thinking extremely hard to discuss as they made me confused and embarrassed, but Dr Ross explained all the different ways of negative thinking that can become habit if never challenged. These included:
Negative filter-we discussed why this happens when we are solely looking for evidence to substantiate a negative belief. This negative belief can be challenged and eliminated.
Mind reading- I realised that I was often thinking that I knew what others were thinking about me when in fact I had no evidence of this. Learning that opinions of ourselves by either ourselves or others was exactly that, opinion and not factual.
Personalising-being hypersensitive to certain situations, either words spoken or individual actions and believing they were all aimed at me personally, I learnt how to look for the evidence to support this and would find that there was no evidence!
Procrastination-I had become very indecisive and would often refrain from taken actions as I felt confused on correct actions to take as well as being unsure of exactly what had occurred! We discussed my thinking processes and as I come to the end of my treatment sessions I have gradually become more positive, proactive and motivated to take charge of my life.
CBT with Dr Ross helped me tremendously. It’s helped me be aware of my thought process and what are and what are not unhelpful thoughts. It has opened the door to understanding why I do what I do and act in the way I do. CBT has helped me address and change my behaviour for the better.
When I first came along for therapy with Dr Ross I had increasing anxiety, I was avoiding people, isolating myself, and I had physical symptoms of anxiety and poor concentration. I had gone through a very difficult situation which had adversely affected me.
During therapy we used various strategies to address my anxiety and PTSD which enabled me to take a step back and to learn not to look at things with my anxious mind, but to look at things with a healthier perspective. Dr Ross helped me to understand me (why I act in a certain way) and why I do things, so that I can then learn how to combat that and implement coping strategies -which help. I am now more able to put things in perspective. I have a more balanced mind now. I am now also more able to offer help to others. Also, relaxation techniques helped me to know how to go to a relaxing place when things were getting too much for me. Therapy with Dr Ross has helped me to socialise more and to be less concerned about the past difficult situation. I am also less concerned about being judged by others now. I have more energy and I am now hopeful-instead of hopeless. Now feel like I can have a normal life.
I had been through a few life changing issues in my life and had a lot of built up frustration and anger. After working in the oil industry for decades, working as a doorman and being in the Territorial Army, I wasn’t really somebody who thought they needed help to deal with feelings and emotions. When my family tried to discuss the way I was feeling I shut them down. I had been diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and never really accepted support or dealt with the aftermath of going through cancer. This was followed by the death of my father and then by a stroke. Things in general didn’t feel right and I felt lost and extremely anxious. I was then diagnosed with PTSD and had high levels of anxiety accompanied by depression. My GP and wife suggested that I try CBT. I had never heard of CBT, the GP pointed me in the direction of the internet, where I accessed self-evaluation programmes on Tayside Health Boards website and reviewed different types of therapy and available support. After looking at all the information I sent a few emails and I managed to arrange an introductory session with Dr Ross. I found this action in its self extremely hard as I like to feel in control and I felt very vulnerable putting myself in a position where I would feel exposed. After the first session with Dr Ross she agreed to help me. Through further sessions it became apparent that much of where I was, related to childhood and my upbringing. Dr Ross explained that to progress with the future I had to revisit the past and retrain my brain to enable progress and change. Due to the sessions I received from Dr Ross I can now say I am in a much better place and probably the best place I have ever been. I cannot recommend Dr Ross enough she has without a doubt enabled me to improve my overall wellbeing and giving me my life back and for this I am eternally grateful.
I was referred to Jane through BUPA after suffering a relapse with Anxiety and Depression. I had lost all interest in my hobbies, was afraid to be alone and felt trapped. I was at the lowest I had ever felt when I started CBT with Jane. From the first initial assessments and early sessions Jane tailored a series of worksheets and methods to help me try and ease my levels of anxiety, depression and OCD.
CBT requires a level of dedication and commitment to get the most out of it, and doing homework between sessions. I found the drive to do this
1. because I wanted to enjoy my life and get better and
2. the effort and enthusiasm Jane gave to help me.
I will continue to apply the things Jane has taught me for the rest of my life. Jane made the therapy sessions something that I looked forward to going to every week, she was a brilliant guide and such a lovely friendly person. She has helped me get my life back on track. Again, I cannot thank you enough for your help. I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions with you and will miss my Tuesday at 9 o’clock appointments. You were brilliant and such a lovely friendly person.
CBT has helped me so much over the last couple of months. I can hardly believe the improvement I have made using the tools and modules I have learned through this type of therapy. I have previously tried counselling and had 5 or 6 sessions which I felt was not working for me at all. Looking back, I actually think it often made me worse and would sometimes come away with more worries than I had going in to my appointment. I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere with the problems I was having.
CBT has helped me look at problems/negative thinking in a different way and shown me how to get through my negative thoughts and anxiety. One of the things that has really stuck with me is I have learned that your feelings are often determined by the significance you place on your thoughts and how much you believe your thoughts to be true. CBT has taught me how to challenge my thoughts and analyse them in a much more positive way. I was at a point where I thought my feelings and negative thoughts would never go away and that I would always feel the way I had been feeling.
Now with the help of CBT, support from my family and my own determination to get through this difficult time, I am so much more relaxed ad happy compared to how I was before I started therapy. Now I know how to deal with my thoughts and feelings before it gets to a point where I feel helpless and distressed.
I would genuinely recommend CBT treatment to anyone facing difficulties with their thoughts/behaviour/depression/anxiety. It allows you to not only talk about your darkest thoughts and feelings but actually gives you the tools to work through them and challenge them rather than just ‘talking it out’.
I am so glad I decided to change from counselling to CBT as I genuinely believe it has been the reason I have gotten as far as I have and where I am today. I feel like the old me is coming back-the happy, bubbly, full of life person I normally am.
CBT with Dr Ross has enabled me to recognise my unhelpful behaviours. Before, when I would react to things, I would see it as my reality. I am almost my own therapist now. I am now able to recognise the signs of anxiety coming on and now I will take steps to challenge it. It has definitely changed my mindset-I am much more positive and calmer. I can take a step back from it now-before, it used to take over. I didn’t recognise it. I thought it was just my normal. I didn’t recognise how anxious a person I was. I have found CBT very therapeutic in helping me identify my unhelpful ways of thinking and to challenge them and to understand my physical symptoms of anxiety and to find ways to deal with this.
I also have perfectionistic tendencies and CBT helped me to be less judgemental of myself. Although I can come across as confident, and I did have a lot of self love, I had a great fear of being hurt or abandoned. CBT has enabled me to be more open especially in my relationships. It has made me be able to put my feelings into words. I still find it difficult to take compliments but I’m working on it. Until this, I have never been able to expose myself to people-now I can. I am easier to communicate with and definitely less angry and less irritable. I am more relaxed now. I didn’t come into this thinking that I would completely change, but I am very happy with what I have achieved. I definitely have more better days than bad days now. I used to think that I could deal with everything on my own and I had a fear of opening up to someone else. I am surprised at how easy it felt to open up to Dr Ross and to be open with things because I am not that kind of person. I sometimes wondered how some things in CBT would help-but they did! I am now able to recognise symptoms of anxiety early and use the coping strategies that I learnt in sessions.
I have got back my self confidence and this has made me realise that I can make things happen. Before, I was completely overwhelmed-now I am excited about all the changes I am making in my life for the better. Thank you so much!