Rachel’s story

Trainee Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner


When I first met Amelia, she was struggling with social anxiety, which was stopping her from enjoying social activities with friends. Amelia made a goal in our sessions ‘to catch a train into town with a friend’.

At the start of our sessions together, she set the progress score for the goal at 1/10 and didn’t think it would be possible to achieve her ambitious goal…

I listened to Amelia, and we worked together to identify the unhelpful thoughts that were contributing to her social anxiety, challenge them, create a new more helpful thought, and then finally test this new thought. This all helped strengthen Amelia’s belief in her new thought and helped her let go of the original unhelpful thoughts. Through our sessions, Amelia’s goal progress gradually increased – she credited this to her understanding of unhelpful thoughts and her ability to start challenging these.

In our last session, Amelia scored her goal progress at 9/10 – Amelia had caught the train into town with her mum.

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