Nasma and Jack’s experiences

Nasma and Jack are examples of people who received psychological therapy to help them cope with problems linked to their physical health conditions – they both had positive experiences. If you have a physical health condition or are experiencing persistent physical symptoms, why not see if you could benefit too? Consider making a self-referral to our service.

Read about Nasma and Jack’s experiences below. 

Nasma: 75 years old, living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

“COPD makes me so breathless. It used to terrify me. It would get so bad sometimes that I thought I just wasn’t able to get any air into my lungs and was about to die. I became so anxious I stopped going out. I even stopped spending time with my grandchildren. That started to make me feel really down. My GP referred me to see the psychological wellbeing practitioner at my surgery. Initially, I thought it was going to be a waste of time; after all, COPD is a physical problem. I was surprised. The worker showed me how what happens in my body is linked to how I feel, what I think and what I do. I was amazed how anxiety made my breathlessness worse. The relaxation exercises I was given are great. They help calm me down and make me feel more in control of my breathing. I was also supported to start doing more things again as I became less worried about becoming breathless. I still have COPD. I still get breathless, but I feel more like me again.”

Jack: 35 years old, living with chronic pain

“I have struggled with pain in my back and tender muscles all over my body since an accident 7 years ago. Medication helps a bit but I still struggled with the pain. To start with, I was angry with my GP for suggesting I see a psychologist. Was she suggesting the pain I experience is all made up? I ended up going out of desperation really. The psychologist immediately reassured me that she knew my pain was real. She gave me some strategies for managing my pain. The most helpful thing I learned was realising how my activity levels trapped me in a vicious cycle that made my pain worse. I felt really supported in finding the right amount of activity for me. I’m glad I went to see the psychologist at my surgery. My pain is still there unfortunately, but I cope so much better now.”