reflections from clients

These are some reflections from former clients on their experience of working with me. All comments are published by kind permission of the clients themselves, with my thanks.

Lucy has helped me to live better.  She is the first counsellor I’ve ever had, and I was initially nervous about being vulnerable in front of a stranger. I now know that I got extremely lucky: Lucy made me feel immediately comfortable, and over time helped me to reflect on aspects from across my life. Our time together has benefited my work life, my relationships with my parents, partners, friends and colleagues, and my ability to listen to and understand my own feelings. Moreover, Lucy is warm, honest, playful, and draws on beautiful imagery to help describe emotions. I was surprised by how much I often enjoyed our sessions together, even as we discussed sad, challenging and embarrassing topics.

Two years ago when I approached Lucy, I was a truly broken, unwell person with no sense of self. With Lucy’s kindness and support, I have worked on un-learning my chronic self-hatred, letting go of destructive coping mechanisms, and learning how to feel kindness towards myself. 
This would not have been possible for me without the genuine, empathetic connection Lucy offered, or the calm trust she evoked in our sessions. Throughout the harder work and the lighter moments, Lucy always made me feel heard, understood, and most importantly, safe. 
I can honestly say that psychotherapy with Lucy is the best investment I’ve ever made for myself. 

After trying a number of therapists in the past I contacted Lucy for some help with long term issues. Lucy helped provide an emotional anchor for me. I was very caught up in thinking and trying to use logic and thinking patterns to move past the things that were bothering me. Just the act of talking about the things I was facing lead to an improvement in how I was feeling day-to-day. Lucy showed me how to reconnect with the underlying feelings and emotions and how to be kinder to myself.

Lucy has been exactly what she said she would be – a person centred humanist. I have grown as a person during our time together as she has sat by me with patience, kindness and humour. Most of all she has sat by me in my darkest moments, not pulling or pushing – simply being with me in a way that makes you feel held.  When it gets so dark, she enables you to look up and see the stars.

During my sessions with Lucy she allowed me to empty all the bad feelings and emotions I had been holding onto for too long. I was then able to see things clearer and become more focused on the present as I had let go of things from the past. I felt comfortable in the environment Lucy provided and felt I could trust Lucy with what I said and that there would be no judgement. The sessions have helped me to accept anxiety and depression as part of me… that it is ok to not be ok sometimes and that there is help available.

Both as a [counselling] client and as a supervisee, I have experienced Lucy as a person able and willing to tune in with the emotions in the room. Her presence is strong and her intuitions are spot on. Truly committed to the person-centred values, Lucy offers a safe space to challenge yourself both personally and professionally. The therapeutic relationship I have experienced with Lucy has been enriching and uplifting.

I was surprised at how affirming it felt to be listened to. Having cried for my entire first session with Lucy, I came away wondering if it had done any good. But in the days and weeks that followed, I started to feel better. It’s as if I had emptied all the bad stuff out and created a nice big space to put some good things back into my life. In a very short space of time, I have managed to get back on track and feel as if I am me again.

I came to Lucy during a period of great fear and uncertainty and she responded with the compassion and respect I so desperately needed. During my time with her I felt heard and valued as she walked with me through the most challenging chapter of my life. Counselling with Lucy has enabled me to experience important realisations about myself and my relationships – it has been truly life-changing.

A friendly, unbiased, comfortable space to analyse, work through and reflect on myself and my issues.

Having Lucy as my counsellor was an absolute pleasure. I felt heard, was given time to process my thoughts, and was challenged to expand and explore the important issues that came up. When it got tough she was very sensitive to my needs and I felt safe enough to show my emotions without feeling that I would be judged. She is a warm and caring person who made me feel very welcome and comfortable from start to finish. I really appreciate how she helped me.

I thank Lucy for the time spent counselling me… I’d really gone quite low… the experience of Lucy listening to my ramblings, some sessions I could not think what to say yet running out of time as I just opened up was really helpful. The skill that Lucy has to listen, retain information and recall sometimes weeks later was tremendous and really helpful given the nature of my dotting about. I’ve never opened up to anyone before my sessions with Lucy… I cannot say enough about Lucy’s ability to put in place a neutral environment where I could open up and explore myself. The sessions with Lucy have changed my outlook and I am back to being myself.