Holly – Cardiff*

I first discovered the Thrive programme about four months ago when I was at my lowest point. For the last few years I’d steadily grown to hate the way I looked and held a very low opinion of myself. 

It got to the point where I was experiencing regular anxiety attacks feeling completely out of control when it came to my body weight. 
Eating meals would come with huge feelings of guilt that would consume my mind and I was constantly yo-yo dieting in a vicious circle which was exhausting.  I subsequently had very low self-esteem, little confidence and felt like was struggling to keep my head above water.  Every day felt like a chore that I’d battle to get through.

I arranged to meet Simon who was friendly, non-judgemental and supportive.  He didn’t ridicule or dismiss my feelings like I’d feared.  Instead he helped and offered support showing me techniques which helped to build myself back up.  Through the weekly sessions I learned how my mind was working against me and once I realised that I was the cause of my problems I saw that there was a solution and there was light at the end of the tunnel.  Simon taught me how to change the way I think and see the positives in things, rather than dwelling on the negatives.  Whilst attending the weekly sessions and making my way through the Thrive workbook I steadily began to feel better about myself and my confidence grew week by week.

It hasn’t been an easy road to where I am today and I still have further to go but it was definitely worth it.  I am now happier than I’ve been in a long time and I’m determined not to go back to the person I was before. The Thrive programme has taught me so much about myself and I am thankful for all of the support and help it provided.  I’m so happy I took the step towards happiness and I’m not going to look back!

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