When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor Frankl
Here are some of the very kind things previous clients have said.
"Insightful and empathic"
"I found the counselling very helpful. Steve was insightful and empathic, giving summaries to clarify the issues and offered useful prompts to explore issues in more depth"
"We explored a broad range of issues going beyond my initial concerns"
Did you achieve anything you hadn’t expected?
" I didn't honestly expect much. It was my 1st ever counselling lesson and I'm in my 70's. It was a revelation, wish I tried it years ago, given me my confidence back. I've got the old me back, smiley and cheerful"
"I went into the counselling process with an open mind declaring and that I would be happy if all I got from it was the removal of flashbacks from my thoughts the reality is that I am able to cope with any negative thoughts by using the parking technique I have also regain my libido which is the icing on the cake"
"Yes certain subjects came to light that I hadn't thought were remotely in connection with the underlying problem"
" Yes, very useful looking back at how event/experiences shape our current mindset"
"Yes - turning hatred and anger into something more acceptable - 'pity' and not being concerned with the person that made me feel that way in the first place"
"More confidence + emotional awareness"
"I think I can trust my intuition and personal judgments more. I hadn't expected to be able to reach the depth of emotional feelings that I did, Pretty awesome"
" Learnt to be more assertive in my everyday life, not putting myself always at the bottom of the queue"
" I didn't expext to find myself quite so much and discover what I want out of my future"
"Easy to talk to"
"Very good relationship, easy person to talk to".
"I would wholeheartedly recommend Steve as a gentle, empathic and warm counsellor. I fell he is safe and professional practitioner who works hard to 'meet' the client where they are"
Things would pop in
"Talking rather than thinking because once I started talking it was easy for things to pop in"
Was there any thing you found more useful than anything else?
" Everything was useful, but especially 'homework' tasks such as writing letters and keeping a diary"
" Finding a new way to deal with life without resoting to anti-deppressants as previous"
Was there anything you found more useful than anything else?
"Getting me to talk, Steve, Somehow you have a great ability in getting me to open up"
"Giving me the skills to be more assertive"
"The counsellor’s ability to listen and understand my complex multifaceted difficulties."
"Very good, comfortable and safe. I could trust the confidentiality of the relationship"
What does the future hold for you?
"Positivity. Not letting things get to me, learning to deal with my thoughts and other people’s emotions as well as my own."
" A much more positive one, I am and will be much stronger and will stand up for myself a lot more. I have learned that 'I' matter and need time away and 'me' time too! I feel ready to meet life head on now - Like I once did"
"A life/outlook where I am able to put myself on an equal par with those I love"
"Looking forward to the future and feel more able to cope with any event that may accure, but would not hesitate to return to Steve for counselling!
How did you rate the counselling relationship? "I believe the relationship strength and with time as I revealed more of my traumatic experiences also I was initially sceptical of the video calls imposed on us by covidhowever on reflection I now believe you to my being able to relax more in my home environment." "It was very professional but also very relaxed, I would drive up to the building thinking I've got nothing to talk about today and then seem to open up and talk non-stop"
"Extreemly compassionite and freindly whilst remaining professional, felt completely at ease which is quite hard for me"
"A very good one– Better than expected"
"Very good, relaxed and helpful from the start."
"Very supportive and enabled me to reflect in a challenging but empowering way"
"I just can’t rate steve enough! 10+++! So welcoming, warm, caring, Friendly and a fantastic listener too. I was sad to leave at the end of my sessions, but contacting him was the best thing I did, I feel that I have become my old self again, that was once lost & steve helped me to find her."
"Brilliant, made me comfortable and he was non-judgemental"
“Very fulfilling. A sense of commitment and understanding from Steve. Without being overpowering!
" Very informal and relaxed relationship which also made it very open" "I think Steve offered a sensitive empathic approach but encouraged me to really explore my thoughts and perceptions I feel that his warmth and patience enabled me to feel equal and not judged I rate this brilliant"
"I was very pleased the way the counselling relationship developed. I felt comfortable with you and had complete trust in you within the first couple of sessions even when things got tough when you asked me to explore things that were buried deep within me"
" Good relationship. Felt I could say anything and get rid of emotions that had built up over the previous couple of years without being judged. Steve has a lot of empthy"