Mohammed Transparent 2

Mohammed

Mohammed was extremely anxious as a child and sometimes struggled to leave the house. In his final year of primary school he started weekly one-to-one counselling with Place2Be after booking his own lunchtime appointment. Now a teenager, he looks back on his experience.

“I was really nervous and shy before. I had a lot of anxieties. I didn’t really like staying out of the house or anything very much. I wouldn’t do a lot of things.

Before I actually went to Place2Be I thought it would be quite plain. I didn’t think it would be so nice. I thought it would be just talking but it wasn’t.

My counsellor was really nice. I felt as if I could tell her anything, which I did. I could tell her anything about myself and she wouldn’t tell anyone. I knew it was very confidential. I just thought Place2Be was really good in a way that I could just release everything. I could just let everything go. Anything at all.

I think it made a difference to me afterwards. It made me more able to speak to people about it. Anything I had on my mind I could have told my counsellor but I realised I could tell my mum about it as well. So that’s what I did. I had more confidence. I was more comfortable about being round loads of people. I could go out. I could stay with my friends and stuff like that.

I think Place2Be made a difference to my school work. I can come up with an answer more. I’m smart in Maths but I used to not want to put my hand up even though I know the answer to a question. I just didn’t like it. I didn’t like people looking at me. I sat there thinking ‘don’t pick me’. I don’t mind it now.

In the first year [of secondary school] I found a new confidence to stick up for myself. I used to have people who walked all over me but I don’t let that happen now because I’ve got the confidence to stop it.”


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