When Emily and I first started working together, she was very afraid of having to cope with her illness on her own. She felt betrayed by the carers and friends who had ended up “dropping” her and she felt isolated. We soon identified she felt out of control because of the losses in her life which included relationships and the places she was no longer able to go due to the severe MCS. Due to her extreme lack of energy, we agreed to work for a maximum of one hour each session.
[box_green]Each session, we worked on specific aspects of her extreme anxiety, such as financial concerns, renting the house, the relationship with her brother and many of her symptoms began improving. [/box_green]
One of the biggest shifts for Emily was realising it wasn’t her fault she was ill even though she’d done everything the doctors had recommended. After nine sessions, many of her severe allergies had dramatically reduced, eg. perfume, cigarette smoke, specific clothes, eye glasses and carpet, as had the fear surrounding them. After twelve sessions, her energy had increased to such an extent that she had been able to complete the book she’d been writing for many years, and send it in to the publishers. Now she is exercising on a treadmill in her home and able to make fairly regular trips to local large and small stores, mostly without her protective mask.