Here are a few testimonials from clients whose names I have changed to maintain anonymity…
“I was a Yes man, in other words a people-pleaser because I avoided conflict or felt guilty to say what I really thought. I rarely do that now and have more confidence instead of feeling like a push over”
“I carried so much shame about my awful childhood and guilt about my behaviour as a teenager. I am free of this now and feel good about myself and who I am. I learned that what happened to me isn’t who I am and has nothing to do with my worth as a human being. I feel free and confident for the first time in my life and I am progressing further in my career than I ever believed I could.”
“I came to Jan when I felt stuck in my own life, where I couldn’t seem to find a way out of how I was feeling.
Jan helped me to see my life in a different way and realise that things weren’t my fault and I could learn to like myself.
I learned that the changes come from within me and counselling helped me onto that path. I am now much more self-aware and able to deal with problems in a more positive way.
I will always be grateful to Jan for being understanding, non-judgemental and patient with me.”
“I started counselling sessions with Jan a few months ago when things in my life had just got too difficult for me to cope with on my own. From the initial session Jan made me feel comfortable and at ease. I felt happy to confide in her and over the months we discussed and talked through the difficult aspects of my life. Some of it I found quite painful to discuss, but Jan supported me to persevere with my difficult feelings and confront them. I can see now how much that has helped me. I now feel far more empowered and confident in myself. I can talk about things openly now and understand why I might have felt a certain way. I feel more aware of my feelings and what to do if I feel that low again. I started this year feeling quite low and negative and now I feel like I’ve really turned a corner and can start to live my life again.
Thank you Jan”
“I visited Jan for help after separating from my wife after 10 years. I was upset and felt emotionally drained. My thoughts were muddled and I was unsure of which direction to take.
Jan was a big help from the start, she helped me see things from a different perspective and helped me re-balance myself after an incredibly turbulent time. She helped me realise early on that I would be ok, that I was going through a finite process and it was perfectly normal to be thinking and feeling the way I was.
I found Jan easy to talk to, she has a professional yet friendly and empathetic nature. I felt comfortable to be completely honest with her about all personal matters, I never felt judged, just supported. Each session felt cathartic, I would always leave Jan’s with clearer thought processes and increased positivity.
My recovery was greatly assisted and shortened with Jan’s help. She made a very difficult time in my life much more bearable by gently and skilfully supporting me along the way.
I can’t recommend Jan highly enough”.
“Thank you for helping me to open up choices and set boundaries within my life . It’s been been quite a journey so far . For the first time I feel like my self care is important, and valuable . I couldn’t have began this life journey without your guidance and care . I now realise my own worth, and what new opportunities are now open to me . Thank you from my heart”
“I sought counselling from Jan during a challenging inflection point in my life.
Jan had incredible patience in manoeuvring around my defence mechanisms (as I was quite new to therapy) and was able to help me arrive at a very real, and very raw, place of exploration around the challenges I was facing.
Very professionally, Jan acted as a kind of neutral yet encouraging guide through previously ignored and entrenched assumptions about myself and my perceptions of the world, helping me to look at them in new ways.
From this, I was able to overcome significant barriers and end a long, dark chapter of my life and chart a positive, new course for the next one. Thank you, Jan!”
“I experienced traumatic events in my childhood that left me unable to trust and made adult relationships very difficult. I was too frightened and ashamed to face what happened but when I began having panic attacks and nightmares and my relationship broke down I felt I had no choice. A friend recommended Jan and we worked together for some time and I can honestly say that it changed my life. I will never completely forget what happened to me but I don’t think of it every day like I used to. I have healed, I am learning to trust others (and most importantly, myself), and I no longer feel trapped by the past”.
“I never thought I would need counselling but my relationships were a mess and I was anxious all the time and had self-destructive behaviours I couldn’t understand. I didn’t want to admit I needed help, that was hard, but now I wish I’d started this sooner. I am starting to feel better and more in control of my life. I thought I knew myself before but I didn’t like who I was. Now I’m starting to like and respect myself and my relationships are better”.