After countless therapies,centres and failed treatments, I met with both Geoffrey and Teresa, at a loss, with no trust or hope in mostly myself but also the system. I was skeptical and doubted my abilities and the hope that I too could live with some perspective or control over an illness controlling my life. With slow and consistent help,and allowing trust in both Teresa and Geoffrey in a safe environment. I began to gain coping skills with the little things that were holding me back so badly and the bigger took care of themselves more than not. I also found things were smoothly passed from both facilitators and communicated instead of just reading up on notes, or being passed along a line of others as I felt that Respect. We worked as a team. I now live my life with a quality I never believed possible and still work so hard at it even nearly 4 years binge/pure and substance free but the positive things far outweigh negatives and most importantly I believe in me and my abilities, and even still I know if I am lost , I have that support and can still reach out my hand.
When I first went to the Goldsmith Clinic I was struck by their compassion and understanding, which was unlike any of my previous experiences with therapists. I went to there with an expectation that they had a ‘miracle cure’ and with a wave of their wand I would be fixed. Although they understood how I felt they gently but honestly helped me to understand that our work together would be a joint effort that they would be realistically caring but they were not in a position to provide a ‘miracle cure’. Their clarity and patience in helping me to understand the therapeutic process was an invaluable lesson for me and one which I didn’t have the opportunity to learn with my previous therapists. The staff set a very healthy, safe and boundaried foundation upon which our therapeutic relationship was built and for me this made such a difference in by ability to trust and to feel safe enough to tell my story. I knew I was sitting with another human being who was really listening in a non-judgemental and compassionate way and in my experience this is rare to find. It is easy to see that they practice what they preach and they have kept their word, in that they have remained consistently compassionate towards me, very patient and realistically caring, for which I am very grateful.
The Goldsmith Clinic was absolutely fundamental in my recovery from anorexia nervosa.
If it were not for their Trojan efforts in restoring my mental and physical health I would not be the happy healthy 25 year old I am now. I can still recall the level of compassion shown to me in my first ever meeting with the people at the Goldsmith Clinic. Those suffering from mental health issues often view their problems as illegitimate or insignificant. From day one I felt that my illness was both incredibly serious and effectively surmountable. There is a life beyond the nightmarish reality those with eating disorders suffer. From the start I was encouraged to confront the brevity of my addiction and gain liberation from it. Their talent lies not in just their compassion but in their commitment. Were it not for their committed approach I would have undoubtedly fallen back into the clutches of anorexia. A unique and wonderful aspect to the care i received was the vitality of all the staff. They injected a youthful energy and occasional humour into their daily work. To me they were a breath of fresh air- a reminder of the exuberance and optimism I could regain in my life through recovery. They have a remarkable flair for injecting their work with personality, while still maintaining a level of respect and realism for the circumstances at hand. Their insightful yet animated approach reignited my inner spark; In five short months, they brought me back to life.