I started seeing Diane about two years ago for past trauma from both my childhood and past military experience. I had been to counseling in the past when I was in high school, due to an anxiety and depression diagnosis, but the experience I received while working with Diane has been positively life altering. I am a professional man in education and have spent the last 22 years of my life serving in the National Guard. I have a vast amount of life experience, and I thought I had life pretty much figured out until my last deployment overseas. I did not serve in a combat role, so never experienced a single profound traumatizing experience, but when I came back from overseas deep down I knew something was not right. Even realizing this I thought to myself, it’s nothing and it will go away, and I didn’t feel like there should be anything wrong with me and that since I didn’t experience direct combat I didn’t deserve to feel the way I did. I waited too long to talk to someone about the way I was feeling and my life began to unravel due to poor choices I was beginning to make in my life. What I did not realize at the time is that prolonged high intensity heightening of your senses can have a serious effect on our everyday perception of the world. This is where Diane came in, as I was making these poor choices a close friend of mine, who is also a counselor, recommended Diane as the counselor I needed, saying that she is the best trauma counselor in the Midwest, and I was soon to find out that she was absolutely right. From the first session with Diane, I felt comfortable and believed that she was going to be able to help me with my issues. The first several sessions we talked about my past trauma’s preparing for my EMDR processing and learning breathing, relaxation, and proper emotional management techniques to put me in the right state of mind to process. Once we started processing my past trauma’s I started to notice instant emotional relief and began to see things in my life in a lot better light. By the time, I was done with my processing I could openly talk about any of my past traumas with no physical bodily response, and no anxiety associated with them. When I was done, these experiences were just simply things that happened to me, and no longer had any control over my decision-making. I still see Diane occasionally just for a tune-up and she probably would not want me to say this, but I don’t view Diane as just my therapist, I now also view Diane as a friend. God has given Diane a gift to heal people emotionally, and Diane has taken that gift and used it to the fullest extent. Diane is simply amazing at what she does, so if you have past trauma, feelings inside that you don’t understand, or lack the ability to control your emotions, I highly recommend that you make an appointment with Diane Mitchell, I can personally guarantee you will not regret it for a minute. I am a healthy, emotionally regulated, and genuinely happier person today because of Diane’s services!
I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for the services Diane has provided. Within the last couple of years, she has taught me how to be honest with myself about my feelings and my experiences. She has provided a safe environment for me to express negativities and overcome them with a new mindset of love and patience. I have learned how to evaluate my situations and approach them with a confidence in myself that I didn’t have before. I am able to look at my experiences as opportunities for growth rather than a weight on my shoulders. I have never felt as supported and understood in my mental health journey as I do with Diane.
I have been on a journey of self reflection. On this journey, I've learned just how strong the mind-body connection is and how much power we as people have over our own well-being. With a lot of help along the way, I've learned the tools and the confidence to reshape my life. Despite my past doubts, I believe that therapy has opened my mind and allowed me to grow into a person that I can admire. My journey is far from over. I still have much growing to do. However, I will say that I am grateful for the opportunities that I've had on this journey. And to Diane who has helped me along this path, I say thank you.