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Comments from past group members

"I contacted the counselling service because worries were going round and round in my head. I couldn’t concentrate on my coursework. I was shutting off from my friends because I felt so unconfident that anyone would want to be with me in this state."

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"Joining the group helped me to break this cycle. It was a relief to share my worries in the group. This enabled me to put them in perspective and to find constructive ways to change things. Others in the group had been through similar experiences and were able to make me feel understood and see ways to regain my confidence. It felt good that they also felt helped by me sharing my feelings with them."

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"Since I’ve been in the therapy group I’ve seen how each individual is themselves and special for it - and so am I. This has made a great difference to my relationships. I can now get on with and value lots more people and feel the same from them."

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"Attending the group helped me to have better relationships. It made me aware of some self-defeating patterns I had in relating to others so I could get beyond them and enjoy my time at uni more."

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"'I started group therapy as someone who battled with her self-confidence, having had difficult experiences growing up. In social settings I felt like the one that people wouldn’t talk to. This made me even more depressed and isolated."

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"Feedback from the group enabled me to realise that I gave off a signal which people read as 'stay away'. This helped me to stop doing this and show what I am really thinking! I was encouraged by seeing that group members accepted the real me. I no longer worry that I am going to make a fool of myself in social situations. My voice doesn’t shake like it used to."

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"I used to tiptoe around friends as I was so afraid of offending or losing them. Through being in the group I’ve learned to be myself and that people often like me regardless. Since having group counselling, I have learnt that I can be comfortable being who I am. I’ve become more assertive."

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"A few months ago I did a presentation on my dissertation. I used to try to avoid any opportunity to talk or perform to a group. I had never been at ease while being the focus of attention. Now I was nervous but thanks to what I had learned in the group it was under control. This meant I could carry it through and do a good job. I surprised and impressed myself!"

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"Being in the group has helped me to develop many life skills. I feel better equipped for the world out there. I am excited about putting the new me into practice in different contexts. I feel that as I have been able to overcome the struggle with my past habits and social anxieties, I will overcome whatever life throws at me. I know that I can keep picking myself up when I get knocked down and keep going, doing my best in each situation and having fun with it!"

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