Entering therapy can be daunting and a nerve wracking experience. I offer a friendly and relaxed service, but don’t just take my word for it.

Here are some of my clients’ experiences of entering therapy. All notes and letters are published by kind permission of my clients.

I looked for a therapist after my husband walked out and left me and my daughter.  He said I was unstable and needed help. I initially got the “help” I needed to please him and hopefully “Fix” myself and get him back, but through therapy I realised I wasn’t broken and I didn’t need fixing.I wasn’t sure what to expect but what I found was extremely supportive, I learnt about myself, who I am and what I had lost and sacrificed, I didn’t like the person who my ex thought needed help. I discovered so much about myself and I feel so happy, in fact I haven’t been this happy in years. I recognise my emotions now and why I feel the way I do is ok and I like the person I am.I would recommend therapy to anyone who is having a tough time because before I existed now I am the living and haven’t felt this happy ever.

Thanks  -Helen

Hi Mel , Y** here , just wanted to let you know that I got through the observation and interview, even though I felt really sick and the Head offered me the cover supervisor post which was the next post higher than the Grade 4 I was going for. Coming to you really helped and I don’t think I could have done it without seeing you Thanks again so much for helping me see I am not a mouse and can do it. (Confidence & Self esteem was needed for an interview)

Hello Mel Where do I start ,I was at a very low ebb and I found your counselling services on the Internet your friendly picture of you and Max led me to make that first call.You do everything you claim to do your someone to talk to when life overwhelms you, you didn’t judge  you listened. You were always caring and understanding , taking counselling to the next level .. e-mailing me groups that you thought I should look at and potentially join , but never pushy , giving me time and space supporting me to sort things out at my pace.I received a warm welcome from day one and it felt like we went on my journey together , some times I was sad inside and a little angry with the world , but there were a lot of laughs too in the latter sessions As I have now turned my corner , I feel self pride for where my life is now , & I know you share that pride too which I thank you for I wish you and Max all the best , thank you for everything.  Take care  L X

I found Mel’s details on a website and contacted her for help when I felt I needed some assistance with my life. She was friendly and reassuring even though I was apprehensive at first. She helped me to understand what I was going through and guided me towards being more confident and resolving some of my issues. I felt Mel understood me from an early stage and was able to suggest ways to cope with things better.”

“The time that I have spent with you has been so indescribably valuable to me. I have felt comfortable enough to explore so much that has been difficult for me in the past and have gained so much self awareness. I feel hopeful that I can change things that have made me sad & caused me problems now and also have a place to come back to if I struggle a bit along the way.

“Thank you”

“Thank you so much for your guidance. I would not have made it without you through these rough seven months. Words cannot describe how grateful I am that you were there for me

“Thank you so much”

“My time with Mel has really helped me overcome many obstacles over the last few months. She has made me who I am today; brought back the old bubbly, confident person that I was. Without Mel’s help I do not know where I would be now. She is a fantastic person and I am truly thankful for what she has done for me. I needed Mel to help me see where I was going. Mel is a wonderful person who is easy to open up to.

“Thank you so much Mel”

“To Mel

“I just want to say thank you for the support you have given me during these sessions. When I first came to see you I was in a very dark place. You have helped me to move forward and out of that place to see light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for your kindness; your support and your acceptance have meant so much to me and I will continue on my journey of self healing

“Thank you”

“Being in therapy is really helping me. It’s my place to express myself. It allows me to understand myself more and aids my choices. Mel helps me to link up my thoughts and make sense of things. I already recommend her to people who ask me. If you think it might help it’s definitely worth booking that first appointment” – Gemma

“Mel, what can I say? This has got to be one of the hardest things I will ever write or do for that matter. You proved to me that counsellors aren’t scary as I thought they were. Well done you.

“I have had the best sessions with you. No matter how scary, funny, sad or serious, you were always supportive and more importantly you were always there and always listening; and I know what you’re thinking ‘It’s my job’ but it’s always been that little bit more, you know what I mean!

“I guess what I am trying to say is thank you for everything and it has been a pleasure to chat with you. And if I burst into tears I know it’s not weak, I’m just letting that sodding soul bird out (finally).” – Jude

“I’d like to thank you for all the help you have given me. You have helped me overcome so much and you have always been there when I needed help and support To me you are one of the only people who will ever understand me and I thank you for that Mel.  I will always remember your words of encouragement that helped me to conquer my fears and my feelings of being alone. Mel I think you’re a true inspiration and whatever I do in my life I will think of you. Good luck in the future.” – Anita

“I would just like to say thank you for everything. You have helped me so much and been like a friend to me. I know if I have any problems I can come back and see you. Hopefully I won’t need to (not in a bad way though). You have taught me a lot about myself and life. Thank you. Love from your ‘Toughest Cookie’” – Hope