Talk therapy has given Doncaster the mother-of-two who feared for her safety a ‘new life’


She got in touch with a talk therapy service, and since her first counseling session has not looked back, in fact her future looks positive and bright and one day she hopes to have a book published.

Sarah, 57, contacted the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, known as RDASH, and said “they gave new life.”

Sarah, a mother of two, suffered from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder after suffering a traumatic incident in the past and a relationship breakdown.

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“I had a long history of anxiety,” said Sarah, an aspiring painter and author.

“I was up at night, I didn’t sleep, I was checking everywhere. I was checking that there was no one in the garden, behind the back door. It was a vicious circle.

“After the second Covid-19 lockdown I realized I had a problem,” she added.

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“I couldn’t sit and read or watch TV. I had a constant fear inside. Everything was fine in my life yet I lived with this daily fear.

“Every day I woke up and wondered how I was going to spend the day. I decided I had to do something. I needed help.”

It was then that she contacted the Doncaster IAPT team, who offer advice for a range of conditions from depression, PTSD, stress and anxiety to low mood.

“I received 17 counseling sessions,” Sarah explained. “Once I started therapy, I knew I would have at least 12 to 14 sessions to help me. It was a huge relief.

“I had no idea there could be such caring and professional service,” she said. “I received cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and it worked! I owe my life to the IAPT team, really.

“I now feel wonderful every day. I am so grateful for everything. Not only has it transformed my life, but it has benefited my husband and my children.”

Anyone needing help and support for anxiety, depression, low mood, PTSD, stress and other similar mental health issues should call 01302 565556 or refer by visiting

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