Making the decision to go to therapy was one of the best decisions I ever made. I spent many years struggling with low moods, anxiousness and poor sleep, expecting to just “get over it” and thinking my problems were “not serious enough” to talk about. My only regret about beginning counselling is that I wish I had picked up the phone sooner. Counselling has helped me transform the way I think and feel about myself. There are no quick fixes and at times the process is hard work, but the experience is life-changing. I know myself better now, my relationships have improved and I am better able to deal with life’s ups and downs. My advice is: Be kind to yourself and give it a try. You won’t look back.
She/her, 60's, North Yorkshire
I decided to seek counselling at an incredibly difficult and stressful time in my life. I had suffered two relationship breakdowns and job loss and to me it felt like just about everything was going wrong. I was chaotic, depressed and on a downward spiral of low self-esteem and anger. I needed help to get back on track and get some perspective on events, my part in them and how to move forward positively.
Hollie was instrumental in helping me to regain my confidence and be clear about the facts rather than imagining everything bad that was happening was about me and my fault. She has a relaxed, friendly style and is a great listener. I learned to have total trust in her very quickly and felt able to talk about anything knowing she would not judge me.
She/they, 20's, South East
For many years I thought that escaping was the way you deal with problems, taking drugs on a daily basis and distancing yourself from the people you love. I guess for a while it can create the illusion that you have found a way to deal with life BUT without realising it you are adding to the original problem! Working with Hollie has shown me a healthy way to work through issues and build up my own personal strategies to cope with situations.
Talking with an experienced counsellor gives a dimension that challenges your development as a person, works with the positives or your personality and overcomes personal struggles.