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Initial post: 9 Nov 2011 06:22:38 GMT
hi i know paul gilbert id like to say "personaly"i attended thornhill day centre in Derby. Unfortunately this piernering day hospital closed down in i think it was 1994. I had been an out patient for nearly five years,and it that time i was introdused to psychotherapy physcho drama and many other teqniquites. Paul gilbert was a comppastionate guy,who held a class once a week whitch he called the mental Gymnasiom. I had suffered for many years from numerous traumas,including the remnants of childhood abuse by a brutal father and emotional blaickmailing mother. the abuse was sexual,physical and worst of all mental abuse, As i sit here at 4 43 in the morning the day of my 54th birthday the 9th of nov 2011 i have come along way. this is not by coinserdence but because of the hard and dedecated work put in by therapists,from key workers,psychiatrists,psychologists,psychoanalists etc Since thornhill hospital closed down,i have largely had to go it alone,apart from my excellent gp and more reently support staff at Amber trust in Belper Derbys a mentall well being charity. To get back to the treatment at thornhill i was one of the lucky ones who was fortunate enoutgh to open up and develop (albeit i did not realise at the time)the skills later in life to arrive at where i am now.I was a chronic multiple trauma victim of numerous phobias,from agrophobia to fear of water,mountains,thunderstorms,spiders and many many others(Some i still struggle with to this day)Its sad to say and i mean that with a heavy heart that some of the fellow patients or ill call them friends,have passed on.Its not for me to say how and or what they died from. but i can tell you a few were quite tragic and some from natural causes. I made many friends who shared there innermost thoughts and fears,and i know because they did,dead or alive i have managed to survive and reach the level of development i have attained today. I came upon Paul Gilberts books by chance. I have read many reference books by different authors too many to mention,but they have helped me enormously,and what i havent told you is,once discharged or maybe(All of us left largelly to are own devices)i had several set backs.Unfortunatelly i was addmited on three occastions to a mental unit at Derby Royal Hospital. This of course was there was as aforementioned no follow up when Thornhill was relinquished and was raised to the ground.Paul was a very approachable man,always appearing to be happy with himself.He had a warm consoling smile,that made you feel at ease, It was on one of these occastions at The Royal that i was sat outside smoking(And its eight years since i packed in!)that i looked up to my ,i think mutual amazment that Paul was walking towards my direction. I know its kind of corny but i was overwhelmed to see "Dare i say it?)like my friends from thornhill,a proffestional "Friend that i revered imencely. He was as warm as ever and it gladdend my heart to see him!No pretence on his part or mine for that matter,he instantly recognised me,and we exchanged plesntreas. He as usual of him enquired about me,quite touching looking back now,he genuinely cared and still does . It was quite coincedentecal that only a couple of days earlier a nurse read an extract from Pauls latest book.how strange i thought and mentioned it to him. Straight away he said have you a copy of it?I replied no "I just happened to be referred to a passage in your book"and told the nurse i knew him.This guy "paul" emmediately responded with,"would you like a copy" i was rather flumexed and said "Well eh yes eh how much is it as i had hardly any money.His responce was swift,"No i would be happy to give you a copy, what ward are you on?"Looking back on it now i ws kind of gob smacked,but make no appoligies for once again saying i was very deeply touched,and crying inside, that so many people ,preffetional people in perticular dont have as much comppastion for there "clients"as Paul does. we shook hands and said goodbye,i then returned to my ward,for some reason feeling a failure,a misfit and worthless,maybe self pityi dont know?Two or three days later,i was called to the nuses station,and passed a packed. Haistaly i opened it up,and there it was,The book by Paul Gilbert I opend it up to look at the table of contents.If you could see me now at 06 oo in the morning i have tears running down my eyes,this guy is a Dedicated ,comppastionate and maybe more,commited human being to his fellow man. He had wrote a few words inside the cover addressed to me,it said,"I hope this will be of some help to you Regards paul"I treasure that book,and to come full circle,i was so pleased to search for new therapy books on Amazon after reding DR Pam Sturr book "How to be a happy Human"that i fell upon more of Pauls books. I was thrilled and of course i will bepurchasing probably all of them!!Thankyou for letting me share such alot about a realy kind guy,and i urge you to thoseof you who have read this,to purchase his books as you will learn so much about yourself and like me progress to one craves for a good recovery in time. and most of all i hope paul sees this? Thanks Paul Gilbert a place in my heart as well as my mind kevin bembridge
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