As a 21 year old high-achieving university student, I was extremely skeptical and unsure about both my need for, and the utility of, EMDR and psychotherapy with Jacqueline. After nine months of intermittent work, and more specifically ten intensive weeks, I now know that my unease was totally unfounded. Following an armed robbery in 2014, I suffered with PTSD, depression and severe anxiety; I had lost all my confidence and become both introverted and emotionally numb.
Jacqueline is an exceedingly friendly, warm and intelligent professional, and I cannot thank her enough for the changes she has helped me make in my life. I have learnt, through her various techniques, new ways to cope with my emotions and thoughts. I have also been able to reprocess memories and feelings that I could not unearth myself. I have regained happiness, energy and confidence; I have gained emotional intelligence. I have returned to the University of St Andrews following an eight-month-leave, and am back to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle!
I would, therefore, wholly recommend Jacqueline and her services to anyone with mental health issues.
I lost both my parents within 13 months of each other. As I struggled to deal with becoming an orphan and the loss of my identity within my family, my best friend and brother took his own life. Realising what grief had driven him to do, I decided I needed to get help. That’s when I found Jacqueline!
I’d always had health issues throughout my life but now the trauma was taking it toll on my mental health. I found myself in a constant state of heightened adrenaline, inability to focus which led to panic attacks. From the moment I met Jacqueline I felt a sense of relief. I’d taken the first step towards gaining control of my life again. I knew it would be a long process and a lot of hard work.
Jacqueline taught me that our physical and mental health are not separate issues, they’re one. Once I started listening to both my body and mind my health started to improve. I’ve gained so many skills through CBT and EMDR treatment. I learned self care is not selfish. It’s simply being self aware.
A couple of months before I started treatment with Jacqueline my daughter was in a car crash. She spent about a year coming to terms with her physical injuries. But then she started to show signs of PTSD. I may not have recognised those symptoms had it not been for the time I’d spent at the body mind therapy clinic. As a family we fought hard to get her the help we needed through the NHS but we were sadly let down continuously. So that’s when we approached Jacqueline to work with her. Over the past year I have watched my daughter develop into a strong, independent, happy young woman. I cannot recommend Jacqueline and the work she does enough. At one time I thought I would never feel anything except overwhelming grief. All I wanted was to feel every emotion again. Jacqueline has given me that gift again and most of all she’s given me back the gift of a happy healthy daughter.
Jacqueline has provided a great space for me to explore aspects of my personality that were developed through being fully immersed in the competitive environment of international sport. I was looking for greater balance and ways to understand myself as a 45 year old man trying his best to make sense of the world. With a deep sense of compassion and support she has helped me develop new ways of approaching work and relationships that provide a much richer experience and greater appreciation of who I am and what life has to offer. Thank you.
In the few sessions I’ve had to date I’ve already experienced a real shift. A healing that is priceless and isn’t easy to come by. I felt Jacqueline has this ability to bring this about in an effortless but highly knowledgeable and experienced way. The environment was incredibly healing and grounded in a precise understanding of the human mind and body. I’m very grateful to have found this service. It is transformative and extremely valuable.
Therapy is probably a word a lot of people maybe perhaps find a bit of a taboo subject. This stigma of course only comes about because of a lack of understanding. Thanks to people like Jacqueline we can learn to understand the importance of mental and physical health and that they are both as important as each other.
When I was twelve I was in a car crash. I struggled with many issues as a result of this, some of them being PTSD and severe anxiety. It was intruding on my ordinary day to day life. I had seen some councillors about these issues but nothing they had offered had helped. I was really struggling then I met Jacqueline and with her help doing things like CBT therapy and art therapy I began to get better. At the start of my journey to recovery I had know idea how long it would take. Weeks? Months? Years? Sometimes it can feel like you’re looking down an endless ally but with Jacqueline’s help I got to the end of the tunnel. I am a very happy teenager now just living my life and loving it and for that I owe massive thanks to Jacqueline.
I consider myself privileged to have the opportunity to work with Jacqueline and explore EMDR technique.
EMDR is a great technique that it took out the negative and poison effects of sad and unpleasant event in my life. This technique weakens the effect of negative emotions. Jacqueline asked me to rate my level of distress before each session. The disturbing memories will become less disabling after a few repetitions/sets. It helped me a lot to heal the psychological scars and explore different and interesting aspect of myself.
She moved her fingers back and forth in front of my face and asked me to follow these hand motions with my eyes. At the same time, she asked me to recall a disturbing event. This will include the emotions, body sensations or an image that go along with it.
This technique allows me to revisit the event and brings me to a deeper level of conscious; also it undercovers many unknown layers for me in my way to get to know myself better. Through this with help of Jacqueline I discover how to tackle each issue and I find my way out.
I started to explore this technique just for one particular problem but when I see the effects, Jacqueline and I used it for other psychological problems.
EMDR reduced my anxiety, allowed me to take better control of my upsetting thoughts with great resilience. This was achieved by primary focus of this technique, which are Stabilization and the development of skills and self-capacities, like the ability to self-soothe and tolerate emotions.
EMDR is very safe therapy and doesn’t have any side effects.
Using EMDR and working with Jacqueline is without the shadow of a doubt one of the best things I have ever done for myself and what I have achieved from it, is outstanding and simply amazing.
I had silently suffered years of emotional and physical abuse from my implacably hostile ex partner, and I had had immense difficulty maintaining paternal contact with our child after we separated.
I obtained a Contact Order and then had to endure many extremely serious false allegations made against me by my ex in revenge.
The effects of all this on my health, my mental wellbeing and ultimately my career were profound and I really needed professional support.
Meeting Jacqueline, talking to her about my problems and discussing strategies was in equal measure both calming and empowering, helping me to rationalise my situation and identify ways forward.
I fully and wholeheartedly recommend the BodyMindTherapy Clinic
Jacqueline helped me to gain the tools I need for a happy future. I was immediately able to be open & honest about some very difficult memories & the effects they have had on my life. The therapy is far from just sitting down and off loading your troubles, it is life changing! I could not recommend the clinic highly enough. Jacqueline changed my life forever and I am eternally grateful for this.
After several IVF attempts, a miscarriage and the end of a long-term relationship, I was stressed, anxious and chronically depressed. I approached Jacqueline to help me come to terms with these loses and to find ways of managing my anxiety and depression. I have to be honest I really don't like therapists. I thought of them as them otherworldly, unrealistic and frankly, scary. Jacqueline acknowledged my fears of therapy, made me feel at ease and was patient with me. Although she is a professional therapist in every way, she is also a genuine human being who showed me care and compassion without judgement. She listened intently, provided advice, challenged me when I needed it and used a vast array of therapeutic techniques and knowledge to support me on my journey to a better understanding of myself. I found the hypnosis and EMDR particularly beneficial. It has resulted in noticeable changes in my attitude and behaviour. I have developed genuine self-esteem and feel much happier in my own skin. I no longer think about my past or the opinions of others as much as I used to and I feel much more equipped to deal with life's challenges. Thank you Jacqueline ?
Reduced exam stress immediately, couldn't be more pleased with hot stones massage therapy treatment.
I have visited Jacqueline on several occasions for holistic therapy massage and I can honestly say each occasion has been immensely enjoyable for various reasons. The Garden Therapy Space is beautiful as the photos show and the setting inside lends itself to a most relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a massage. Jacqueline made me feel at ease and asked lots of questions about what part of my body needed help, the setting is very discreet and lovely fresh warm towels were provided. I have had lots of massages before on Spa days but they do not compare to this more intense therapeutic massage which really helped my aches and pains. I always arrived after finishing work, still on a high from racing around all day and full of chatter, 10 minutes into my treatment I was literally asleep! It always made me laugh because there was such a different person walking away, totally relaxed and ready to face whatever was awaiting me at home. Fully recommended. Thank you Jacqueline x
My husband and I started to see Jacqueline after a breakdown in our marriage. We were struggling to communicate effectively and were repeatedly entering into negative, destructive patterns of interaction. These sessions enabled us to breakdown the issues that we faced as a couple, to reconnect and to really understand each other's cognition patterns which was essential to rebuilding our marriage.
Jacqueline also gave us some concrete strategies to use when further issues arise. I whole heartedly recommend this therapy.
The sessions I had with Jacqueline have been nothing short of life changing. She helped me through some really difficult times that I was having in my relationship and after it ended. I knew that Jacqueline had seen people in gay relationships before, so I felt completely comfortable opening up to her from the very beginning about everything. I’m so glad I did. I’ve never felt more understood. The psychotherapy and EMDR were extremely effective in routing out many underlying issues from childhood that were affecting not just my romantic relationship, but many others relationships, most importantly with myself. It’s now been a year since I last saw Jacqueline, but I reflect on what I learned with her almost daily. I feel like a different person. I’m so much more aware of myself, what can trigger certain behaviours, and I have tools to help myself do things differently. I honestly think it was the best decision in my life to go for therapy, and I feel eternally grateful that it was with Jacqueline. I cannot stress enough how valuable it has been.
I knew that talking could re-traumatise me as I had some counselling which I just couldn't handle as it made my nightmares worse . I was unable to go to work from lack of sleep and feeling I could not focus on anything important.
With BodyMindTherapy, I was helped enormously by learning techniques and ideas for how to soothe and calm myself in between sessions. EMDR was combined with some active movement work and yoga so I could learn how to feel safe again in my own body. I could arrange appointments that fit with my own needs and work and family commitments so I never missed out on a session. The EMDR therapy involved very little talking and even though I know it is evidence based the results were magical for me.