Vik Patel 27/06/20

Thank you so much for your help! Its really changed the way I view so many situations and I use all the skills so much! Wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for you and Claudia. Thanks again, looking forward to hopefully having another follow up shortly:) CM

Dr Claudia Bernat

“Dr Bernat has been my Consultant since 2018, and words cannot express the recovery I have had being under her care. Dr Bernat's extensive experience in Psychiatry is evident, and every consultation I've had has always been patient first. Dr Bernat will challenge where appropriate and this only benefited my recovery. I am now leading a near normal life because of Dr Bernat when all I did before was live in fear, and suffered from a fair few symptoms which prohibited me from living a peaceful life. With Dr Bernat's guidance, support, and treatment plan I am well on the path to being able to live normally again. Her bedside manner is brilliant, and most importantly she cares - some Consultants would be quick to just write a prescription and check in with you every couple of months, but Dr Bernat listens, and really attends to your needs, It's also nice to be able to have a relationship with your Dr where you are able not just to talk about medication and ticking boxes, but what's actually going on with you too from therapeutic point of view. If you are suffering from any mental health concerns, I would 100% recommend Dr Bernat every time. Without doubt, THE best Psychiatric Consultant I have come across, and one who will be my Dr for as long as I require Psychiatric care. “

Dr Claudia Bernat

I first visited Dr Bernat in October 2019. At the time, I felt like my life was truly coming to an end. For years I knew something wasn’t “right”, but I never addressed the issues that were consuming me. However, at the end of last year, I finally reached my final straw; I couldn’t take it anymore. I went to see Dr Bernat because I was experiencing physical sensations in my body which I did not understand. These included severe dizziness, tightness in my chest and throat, heart palpitations and uncontrollable crying. I’d never experienced these feelings before and it felt like my life was ending, with the weight I had carried for many years crashing down upon me. After my first meeting with Dr Bernat, it became clear that what I was suffering from was panic disorder; I was experiencing uncontrollable panic attacks, triggered by things that I would have never of thought could trigger me. Dr Bernat helped me develop a treatment plan, prescribing me medication alongside weekly CBT sessions at Ellesmere Clinic.

At first I was extremely apprehensive. I was too scared to attend CBT because I had no idea what was buried deep in my mind, waiting to come out. After a few sessions, it became clear that I had also been suffering with OCD-related problems. Slowly, as the weeks passed, things became clearer. No longer was I afraid to attend therapy, but it started to become the highlight of my week. I was taught about my mind, and just knowing what was happening in my brain began to provide me with so much comfort. After years of knowing something wasn’t “right”, I was beginning to feel at peace with my mind.

If you had told me in October that I would be sitting here writing this, I wouldn’t have believed you. I was convinced my life was destined for sadness, and there was nothing anybody could say to change my mind. But here I am, sharing my story. I’m not 100%; no one ever is. But I believe that I am the most emotionally intelligent version of myself that I have ever been.