Su­sanne turns her life around

She wants to help oth­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A Ruther­glen woman has spo­ken of us­ing her own past ex­pe­ri­ences of deal­ing with men­tal health to aid those suf­fer­ing from sim­i­lar con­di­tions.

Su­sanne McCabe, 41, a mum-of-three, was work­ing part-time and was vis­it­ing her mum in hos­pi­tal af­ter she was ad­mit­ted with se­ri­ous men­tal health.

Suf­fer­ing from stress, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion, Su­sanne was signed off her work as an IT con­sul­tant with chronic fa­tigue, which lim­ited her abil­ity to carry out or­di­nary daily ac­tiv­i­ties.

She sought coun­selling which helped he re­ex­am­ine her life and tar­geted her fo­cus on re­duc­ing her stress and find­ing a ful­fill­ing life based on her goals and val­ues.

Now Su­sanne has gained the qual­i­fi­ca­tions to aid those suf­fer­ing from men­tal health and is of­fer­ing free start-up ses­sions to those in­ter­ested in one-to-one meet­ings.

Re­call­ing her story, Su­sanne, of Farme Cas­tle Court, said: “A few of years ago, around 2011, my mum was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal with se­vere de­pres­sion and was in hos­pi­tal for three and bit years.

“She was even­tu­ally taken into a nurs­ing home but it was hor­ri­ble to watch as a fam­ily mem­ber.

“On the day she was ad­mit­ted, I also gave birth to my first child so there was a lot go­ing on at the time.

“I had three chil­dren un­der five and a mum who was se­ri­ously ill. I was also in a very busy job and I was try­ing to cope with it all.

“In 2015 I suf­fered panic at­tacks and was signed off from the doc­tor with chronic fa­tigue.

“I took two years out of work and I had to think of what I was go­ing to do next.”

Su­sanne went on to get an ad­vanced diploma in life coach­ing and has com­pleted the cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy STEPS course.

Her car­ing, non­judge­men­tal ap­proach aims to help peo­ple re­gain their con­fi­dence and em­power them their true po­ten­tial and achieve the re­sults they seek.

“I thought about a change of ca­reer but be­cause I couldn’t con­cen­trate I didn’t know what I would do.

“So I thought about my strengths and weak­ness and re­alised I am very pas­sion­ate about men­tal health.

“And I came to the de­ci­sion that I wanted to do life coach­ing. And I could fit it around my fam­ily and chronic fa­tigue.”

She con­tin­ued: “I want to help peo­ple to help them find ful­fil­ment and hap­pi­ness. I want to help peo­ple who feel stressed or anx­ious and I have dealt with peo­ple who have de­pres­sion.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Su­sanne’s work, visit https://www. sixweek­coach­ing. com/ or con­tact her on 07817663391/ signup@ sixweek­coach­

I had to think of what I was go­ing to do

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