Over the summer of 2021, across 10 sessions, I worked with Tom Holland Pearce. Since 2018, I had been in regular talk therapy which I put on pause in early 2021. I contacted Tom after a break in therapy work because some of the old symptoms started to reappear - restlessness, disturbed sleep and nightmares, and a general rise in anxiousness related to the various responsibilities I have. And this after having spent the previous years unearthing childhood trauma and it’s causes, and being familiar with therapy speak. Tom is versed in the CBT approach and proposed we try the same in my case after a few sessions of getting to know me. Though this approach was quite new to me, his kind demeanor ensured I felt heard and seen as well.
As a result I was able to trust him and try something new. We didn’t work together long but I am taking away some new tools, and concepts with me, that reinforce the change I knew I needed to make, to feel better, more sustainably, without dependence. I feel confident and hopeful about the future, my power to influence that life I am after, while remaining true to myself. I recommend working with Tom and CBT Avon to anyone who is wanting to move from awareness to action, and is committed to personal behaviour change.