I started counselling with Di as I was suffering severe depression and anxiety after having been in a toxic and abusive relationship and I was grieving the loss of someone very dear to me. At the time, I was suicidal but I did not speak to anyone about this, not even to Di. I just needed to speak to someone to help me deal with myself, to deal with life as it was so unbearably painful. I would wake up in the morning and cry for hours because I was still alive. I felt beyond broken, I felt I had shattered into a million pieces and that I would never recover. I spent a year seeing friends and family, spending quality time with each and un-beknown to them, I was saying my goodbyes as I had started my preparations to go through with ending my life. Then one day, I don’t know exactly how or why, but something changed. I suddenly saw the world through different eyes, I saw myself in a different light and I felt good about myself and about life! I had practiced using the tools and advice that Di had given me, regularly and in every aspect of my daily routine and interactions. Di had such a unique way of helping me to see things from a different perspective. She challenged me to question my thinking, to question my views and to be really honest with myself. Her advice was so much on a Buddhist level, that I ended up following the Buddhist path and practices and it has changed my life. Di had given me the tools to transform myself completely. I no longer take antidepressants. I no longer take beta blockers. I no longer wish to end my life, if anything, I wonder how on earth I could ever have felt that way? She gave me new lease of life and I have come back more confident, stronger and a much better version of myself than I could ever have imagined. All I can say is, if you are suffering with mental health or if you feel you cannot go on any longer…speak to Di. She is amazing and I don’t know how I could ever thank her enough for the change she has made to my life.
Article by Diane Pulley
Diane Pulley is a BACP accredited and UKRC psychotherapist and Life Coach having graduated from Warwick university. She has worked in private practise for many years with clients presenting various issues, from trauma, depression, anxiety and self confidence. Diane works with both individuals and couples. Her experience has lead her to work with corporate clients delivering stress management training for both staff and management. Aspire You has been born from a personal journey, of Diane's own marriage breaking down after 28 years, when she identified there is a need to support women through this process and help them rebuild their lives. "everyone has the potential to lead fulfilling lives and i am committed to helping individuals achieve that desire"