Lisa gets it
My job is very stressful and caused a lot of problems including PTSD. I found Lisa really helpful for several reasons.
Lisa had a similar job to me with similar circumstances leading to PTSD which provided a greater understanding and reassurance to me as a client. She knew what I was going through where as other practioners did not have a real good understanding of having been through PTSD.
Lisa's methods were really helpful to me in addition to the other help I am receiving. I also loved how Lisa wouldn't let you leave until she was satisfied that you left the session feeling better than when (you) walked in.
Lisa saved my Life
Prior to meeting Lisa, I had been seeing another mental health practitioner for a few years for severe anxiety.
I was not coping at all with the world and feeling tense, stressed and at times depressed. I was having nightmares about past childhood trauma by my father. All of this stopping me moving forward. I was relying on tablets of all sorts to dull the emotional pain. I have abused Valium, benzodiazepines and codeine, just to get through the day not having a panic attack and being able to work, socialise and to be able to shop and pay at the counter!
I was never relaxed, this affected me to the point of staying at home all the time, making excuses not to meet people. I was angry and confused. “Why me?” I didn’t sign up for this life. I felt hopeless and helpless. I have attempted suicide on four separate occasions.
Referred by my psychiatrist, I made the call to Lisa. I felt like a complete mess. I had detoxed from Valium at a clinic and was ready to learn about my mental health problems and stop using medication to get by.
Lisa made me think about everything that is good in my life now. I felt proud but ashamed of my achievements. Lisa enabled me to move on from the past, to recognise the trauma happened but learnt to cope. I learnt to face my emotional fears but then to let it go. I now understand that things are not always fair and the abuse was not my fault. I know I had big issues, Lisa knew, but I had to find out for myself without being told which was frustrating at times.
I have learnt to relax, to meditate and importantly, to forgive myself.
Now, I can public speak, work, shop, do what I want now by saying to myself “Hey, you’ve got this!” This is my new mantra. Lisa gave me huge confidence in myself. It makes a difference being confident in yourself. I now tackle problems one by one not trying to solve the worlds’ problems in a day. I use aromatherapy and natural products daily.
I have learnt to be happy within myself, which is a huge deal for me. I no longer worry about what other people think of me. I realised they are probably not even thinking of me! I had terrible anticipatory anxiety.
I’m far more comfortable in my own skin. Another huge thing, I don’t stress about things that may not even happen anymore. 99% of the time the bad stuff didn’t happen, I was anticipating the worst.
Lisa helped change my thought process to be more positive to be proud of what I have achieved not embarrassed. I have stopped saying “not tooting my own horn but ...,”
Aside from the anxiety, my major symptom was Anger. I was so angry.
Lisa helped let go of the anger, it took time, but we did it. I faced my past, answered a lot of great questions. Recognising I was a young child at the time, of course it wasn’t my fault. I found this so empowering. I know my father can’t hurt me emotionally or physically ever again. I am the strong one now! After working with Lisa, I have confidence and pride in myself. I am happy and feel strong within.
Life now is terrific, I still have ‘not so great’ days, but I get up, shower, get ready for the day. No more lying in bed feeling terrible. I go to work all the time now (used to call in sick). I think “Hey! It’s just work.”
My anxiety is 80% better, I haven’t had a panic attack because I know “I’ve got this”. I feel I have my life back. I now understand the difference between anxiety and stress, we all have some stress.
I am off benzos! This is huge for me! Huge!
I enjoy my work more, I go shopping at shopping centres. I went to a floatation tank giving myself me time and spoiling me when I can, guilt free.
I have a lot more energy. I am involved with my physical self, I have glasses now! I put my sight off being just anxious all the time. I have been to the dentist, take vitamins, get massages. I’m a health freak now because I can focus better on me and I see now I’m worth it.
Lisa taught me to be grateful. My relationship with my partner is much better, I am grateful for that, and my friends, holidays, even my work. I even like what I see in the mirror now too!
I have a totally different view now. If things don’t work out, stuff happens. I will cross that bridge if it comes to that, I don’t anticipate negativity anymore. I enjoy my life. I have to be the one to make the decision to be happy and I have. I have no regrets now. I smile. I have this! Thanks Lisa.
Tony *named changed for privacy reasons
I’ve known Lisa for a few years now and have been delighted to refer people to her. As a Psychiatrist I’m always looking for skilled, understanding, and well qualified colleagues to help those with PTSD. Lisa’s work with first responders and nurses has been outstanding. The feedback I’ve received has always been positive and I’ve seen equally positive changes in the people she has helped. When helping people suffering PTSD, particularly health care personnel and first responders, Lisa is my first choice.
Dr Colin McIver MBBS MBA MIS MPM AACS FRANZCP
Consultant Psychiatrist South Eastern Conslting
2 Langmore Lane Berwick, Victoria, 3806
Ph 8743 9910 Fx 8677 2420
Made me feel at ease
I first had coaching with Lisa regarding some limiting beliefs I’d had since childhood. With her assistance and support I was able to identify the root cause and how they were affecting me in an everyday way then address them so that they no longer had credence in my life.
After my sessions with Lisa I have continued to move towards my goal and feel that I am no longer held back by those beliefs which I had struggled with my whole life.
Lisa is very a warm, knowledgable and effective coach who has true care and compassion for her clients who truly wants to help them move beyond anything holding them back and become the version of themselves that they want to be. I have no hesitation in returning to her in the future to address any potential other issues or recommending her to anyone who is challenged or stuck with where they are at.
Grief since '77 cleared in 53 minute call
Thank you Lisa Westgate, How compassionate and caring you are! I cannot thank you enough for helping me through the grief I have carried with me since Nov 14, 1977. What an amazing and beautiful experience this was as you created such a safe and welcoming space and I felt so comfortable talking about this and to do the work with you to clear the sadness and to make my peace with grief. Blessings and thank you!
Lisa is such a kind and easy going person. Her down to earth nature makes talking with her effortless.
Lisa's knowledge of both the mind and body's responses to how we process our thoughts is a refreshing way of learning why we do the things we do.
I can highly recommend her services. Be it a one time chat or ongoing therapy sessions.
Thank you Lisa