Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit

March 2012

Case study – Katherine

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.


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.

When I started the sessions, I didn’t really know why I was doing it but I knew it was right. I was immediately confident in her guidance and support. We talked about everything – families, relationships, the illness. I’d had a very stressful few years with a divorce and a very difficult teenager and I learnt that the right breast, where I had my cancer, symbolises the family and the heart. I began to see things more clearly and felt like I understood everything more.

I was very much a ‘brush it under the carpet’ person but now I had to lift the carpet. Some sessions were difficult, others less so. Sometimes I felt fine and like I really didn’t need to talk but I always went and it always turned out to be fruitful and helped move things forward.

Working with Sonia has also helped within my family. Undoubtedly, though, it’s been a year from hell not just because of the cancer but also because my daughter struggled so much with the diagnosis and the divorce.

Talking to Sonia throughout the treatment helped me stay more positive and less stressed, and made the treatment easier to cope with.

I’m well now and feeling positive, which does come from me as a person but also from the therapy. I do believe that my positive outlook has helped me.