Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit

Testimonials & Case Studies

All of the case studies you will read here are the experiences of real Anam Cara clients. They have asked for their real names not to be used to protect their privacy but all of them wanted others to know that problems can be overcome, whatever they are. Reading these, you will discover that the route towards healing and recovery is different for everyone – and that is why the breadth of treatment on offer at Anam Cara gives you the very best chance of recovery and success.


Martin - DEALING WITH ABUSE – AND 45 YEARS OF LOST OPPORTUNITIES

I’ve struggled with depression all my life, coping the best I could. But one day instead of going in to work, I went to the doctor instead. Work offered me counselling but I’d been in and out of therapy since I was young – including an intense period when I was about 20 when I went five days a week for a year. So I’d been there, done that and nothing had changed.
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Angela - REBUILDING MY LIFE

Two years ago, I was feeling depressed and stuck because my life wasn’t going anywhere. I had already been through a period of seeing Sonia a few years previously, when I was 20 and going through a rough stage. I had stopped going because I thought I didn’t need to any more but it became apparent that although I had started my journey, I certainly hadn’t finished it.
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Maggie - WHEN SUCCESS ISN’T ENOUGH

By society’s usual rules, I was a successful person – in my work and in my life. But below the surface, I was actually low in confidence and realising that at the age of 50 I didn’t really know who I was or why I behaved as I did.
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Katherine - IT GOT ME THROUGH MY CANCER

Anam Cara was just down the road from me and I never realised it was there but I was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago, and as I was having the operations, chemo and radiotherapy, I started to see Sonia for a few sessions. Anam Cara is a beautiful place to switch off from everything. Seeing Sonia is what’s got me through this.
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Samantha - THE ME BEYOND M.E

I was diagnosed with ME six years ago and my condition had gradually worsened. I tried to ignore this deterioration, hoping that it would just sort itself out. I had been convincing myself that I’d just been run down, had a virus and so on – and then I read an article in the Journal written by Sonia, which told of her own very similar experience which really rang true with me. I realised I had to try and deal with the ME and stop pretending it wasn’t a problem.
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Sally - REDEFINING ME

I’ve suffered from anxiety, stress and I have ulcerative colitis. I have also lost all my hair.
I am quite a resilient person though, and have fought back from mental health issues in the past. I’ve had therapy in the past too, but those therapists have never really been able to dig down to the roots of it all. When I first met Sonia, though, I knew she was the right person to help me. She digs deep and finds out what the real problems are.
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Chloe - SAFE AND SOUND

My first experience of Anam Cara was when I went to a meditation workshop day. My initial impressions were of just how clean and pristine the place was, and how professionally run the centre was. Sonia was very welcoming and I immediately felt at ease and in safe hands. The way it was decorated in such calming colours helped the feeling of calmness and helped all the participants to mingle as they pleased. No-one was forced to do anything, and if they preferred to be on their own or quiet, everyone respected that.
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Diana - UNDERSTANDING MY OBSESSIVE THOUGHTS

On the surface, I’d been living my life as I wanted. But inside, I was getting more and more anxious, and my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was becoming worse. It all started ten years ago. I was cut off from my emotional world and had been for some time. Then all of a sudden, 18 months after having my son, I was at work and I had an anxiety attack. I just wanted to cry.
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Kim - PREGNANT AT LAST

I had been having problems conceiving, and with a history of irregular – or no - periods and a miscarriage two years previously, I had sought medical help. When I was referred to the hospital, tests revealed that I had polycystic ovaries and I was not ovulating properly.
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Ben - LIFTING THE BURDEN

I was at rock bottom by the time I walked through the door of Anam Cara. Physically and psychologically, I was in such pain that I went simply out of desperation. I didn’t know what else to do. I just couldn’t cope any more.
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Sabreena - I AM MORE THAN MY IBS

Before I went to Anam Cara, I had been feeling really stuck and really lost – lost from myself. I had become defined by my IBS. My life was not about me, about relationships, about work, about the future any more. It was something to be endured rather than enjoyed. Life was simply ‘there’, day after monotonous day.
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Michael - LEARNING TOGETHER

Jackie and I had been through a difficult period. She had recently had twins, following a very difficult pregnancy. We’d had trouble conceiving and had gone through IVF. She suffered with post-natal depression and my business failed. Behind all of that, Jackie had stored up fears based on her father having had a long-term affair, and other issues. It all added up to a very difficult time and a troubled relationship.
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Eve - TURNING SAD INTO HAPPY

I am in such a different place now to where I was last year.
I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I’ve always hated the cold and dark. The winter months had become a long, difficult, painful period.
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Fran - DEEP MEMORY PROCESS

I had heard a great deal about Deep Memory Process (DMP) and Past Life Regression but never thought it would be something I would personally do. But when I got the opportunity to attend a workshop at Anam Cara and was asked if I wanted to be the ‘guinea pig’ it was all the encouragement I needed to take the plunge.
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Zoe - GETTING MY LIFE BACK!

I am a 45 year old mother of two teenage boys, fairly active, eat a good stable diet, drink alcohol in moderation, and am not over weight. For as long as I can remember I have endured the constant pain, inconvenience and embarrassment of irritable bowel syndrome. It has at times ruined holidays and days out. After very bad attacks it leaves me feeling weak and de-hydrated and once resulted in a 5 day stay in hospital where appendicitis was suspected.
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Lisa - FINDING MYSELF AGAIN

I had always been a confident, outgoing, able person but a little while ago I started having sleepless nights, waking up at three in the morning with thoughts in my mind going round and round and I just couldn’t switch off. My son was very ill at the time and I was also dealing with that. It got to the stage where I became very despondent and I started wondering if it was still worth living the life I was living. I have always been a churchgoer – and I still am a Christian and I still love God – but at this point I also had a crisis of faith, with the illness of my son at the heart of it. All the big questions were rattling around my mind. What was the point of it all?
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Rani - THE PERFECT PATH

I first saw Sonia seven years ago after my marriage broke down. I was in a really bad place and couldn’t make sense of it all. I found Sonia in the Yellow pages and rang her. It was a hard call to make but I immediately felt better for making it. I saw Sonia for three and a half years, after which time I felt I’d reached a good place and was ready to end my therapeutic work with her.
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Keith - BURNOUT – AND RECOVERY

I’ve always led a ridiculously fast-paced life. I need to be doing something and doing it within a fixed timescale - and this approach applies to everything, not just work. I might be mowing the lawn, cooking a meal or driving to the airport but I always need a deadline and a goal.
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Marie - HEADACHE – OR HEARTACHE?

A short while ago, a couple of stressful changes in my life – selling my house, and my daughter going off to university – seemed to have triggered some horrendous headaches. These painful headaches were in a very specific place at the side of my head on one side. I went to the doctor and did everything I was advised – took a month’s worth of anti-inflammatory medication, took two weeks off work and started wearing a toothguard. The diagnosis was a jaw dysfunction that causes inflammation above the ear and therefore headaches.
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Sonia - WHY DO YOU FEEL UNWELL?

The power of your mind and spirit is extraordinary. How else could you explain how people can walk over hot coals or broken glass without suffering injury? Or why some people have surgery under hypnosis and feel no pain? Or even the familiar phenomenon of people who defer dying until after an important event such as a wedding or the birth of a grandchild?
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These case studies come from people who have experienced Anam Cara and wanted to share the unique and positive experience it has had on them. Their particular experiences may or may not strike a chord with you but we hope that the honest retelling of their journeys can be your inspiration. Common to all of them is that once they become our clients we respect them, care for them and form an alliance that is never broken. If you take just one thing away with you from reading our website, we hope you understand that we really listen and we really do care.