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Laura, 28, tells us how counselling helped her feel better about her future

 After being diagnosed with epilepsy, Laura’s mum advised her to visit The Brain Charity. That was over twelve years ago. Last year, Laura felt she needed a bit of extra support in the shape of our counselling service.

“I was feeling very low about myself, how my conditions affect me and decided to take action. I have three neurological conditions: epilepsy, autism and dyspraxia and felt I was on the edge of falling into depression and didn’t want to go there.”

Laura asked to be referred to The Brain Charity’s counselling service and started having sessions with Joan, one of our volunteer counsellors. With Joan’s help, Laura was able to find some coping mechanisms to help her.

“I went into the first session feeling that things were hopeless but came out feeling great and couldn’t wait for the next session. I thought I was living a normal life before counselling. Now, instead of worrying, I deal with things. Instead of stressing and shouting I deal with it.”

Laura had a total of nine sessions with Joan, and felt that it was enough to help her feel better about herself and her future.

“I would advise anybody to go for counselling if they are feeling low. The experience was amazing and I use the coping strategies I have learnt every day.”