Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit

August 2012

Case study – Rani

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.


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. Some years later when she opened Anam Cara, I attended a sixth-sense workshop, which was incredible, and also had acupuncture to try and treat my terrible IBS. The acupuncture was amazing – even after one treatment there was an extraordinary improvement. After years of being prodded, poked and told to go away, I couldn’t believe how effective it was straight away.

As Anam Cara quickly got busier, I offered to help Sonia for a couple of days a week and we created a role that I really enjoyed and was able to develop. I loved being there and by being in that environment, I learnt more about all the therapies and I took part in further workshops, starting with Transactional Analysis, which then led me to do a three-month counselling course. The way Anam Cara worked was so different from the corporate world I’d left behind and I really loved their ethos.

After the counselling course, I applied to do a BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, although meanwhile I was finding Transactional Analysis a bit too prescriptive and with no allowance for the spiritual side. I found out more about psychosynthesis, which Sonia also included in her own practice alongside other Eastern spiritual traditions. I liked the idea of looking at the mind, body and spirit all together. This was quite a development for me because I really wasn’t spiritual before and it was my time at Anam Cara that really awoke this in me.

I left Anam Cara a little while ago. I got to the point where I didn’t feel I could take my role forward any more, and it was also becoming a bit overwhelming, doing intense training at the weekend, then walking back into the door of Anam Cara on Monday morning and trying to be there for other people. I didn’t feel like I could continue doing it to the high standards that are demanded, so with Sonia’s good will and support I left.

In my job now, I find I’m using, every day, so much of what I learnt at Anam Cara, especially the way I work with and communicate with people. I find I can relate to people well and resolve conflicts by being empathetic of others’ situations.

I am now half way through my foundation year in psychosynthesis. My dream is to finish this course in a couple of years’ time with a qualification that will allow me to explore my natural self. This feels like the perfect path for me. It’s very moving to me that I have found this because at 48, I finally have something in my life that I really want to do – and that will help others too.

I have learnt a lot from Sonia, who is such a professional and a phenomenal therapist. Therapy with her and Anam Cara changed my life and helped me make sense of a situation that I just couldn’t understand. And now, we have come full circle because after a long break I am back in therapy with Sonia as part of my degree course.

It’s great to be back in the Anam Cara environment which is utterly unique and incomparable. The practitioners cover such a wide range of expertise but work together as a team so well, and they’re all genuinely interested in you and your development. You are never treated as just a collection of symptoms, you are always regarded as an individual.