Counselling sessions with Claire vastly improved my confidence and self-esteem
I wasn’t convinced that counselling would help me, but Claire immediately put me at ease and I began to hope again. My life has been turned around.
I first decided to go and see Claire after a very difficult period in my life, spanning over 18months. I appeared to be coping well and portrayed to the outside world a confident, professional, vivacious woman who was running a successful business and juggling lots of personal and social balls. Inside my head was a very different scene. I was permanently fearful and anxious, full of self-doubt, unimaginable sadness, completely lacking in confidence and totally out of control of my life. I felt both physically and mentally exhausted and drained. All I looked forward to was crawling into bed at night, in the dark, where I could hide and didn’t have to speak or communicate with anyone.
Claire helped me to ‘unpick’ all of these feelings and emotions in a way I could understand. She taught me that I could not erase what had happened from my memory but could learn to deal with those feelings and emotions in a way that would help me to deal with them as they arrive and move on with my life in a different way. I learnt the physical and emotional triggers that made me feel that way and how to overcome them.
I have continued to see Claire, although not as often, as I believe that my mental wellbeing is a ‘work in progress’. I feel more in control as I learn how my mind processes certain information and feel I am making a lot of progress to being a much more settled person inside than I ever was. I still have ‘down’ days and I still have the panicky feeling when one of those triggers is set off but I now know how to deal with them so that it doesn’t escalate out of control and I end up in the very dark place I was before.
Claire is an intuitive insightful counsellor who has the client’s interests deeply at the heart of her humanistic approach. Empathetic, nurturing, imaginative & supportive: Claire provided support during a period of significant transition. This was successful – in no doubt due to the counselling received. Claire makes every effort to create a warm, safe, compassionate environment in a lovely wooden hut in her garden. Precious space!
Claire has provided me the knowledge and strategies to overcome my anxiety to an extent where it is no longer affecting my life on a regular basis. Claire’s kindness, compassion and understanding has played a key part in my recovery, and I’m extremely grateful to her for the support she has given.
Claire has helped me enormously through a very anxious and difficult time in my life. Her compassion and expertise has been invaluable and I don’t know how I would have coped without her.
Meeting with Claire has helped me regain my self-respect