I decided to start to ask clients if they would be prepared to write a short piece about coming to sessions with me. Below is my first response from J.
After trying to battle on for a very long time without seeking any help I finally came to terms with the fact that I couldn’t do it alone. I had been to one counsellor before Karen and even though I didn’t know what to expect my situation was not improving. Ready to give up I was recommended Karen by a close friend and thought I’d give it one last try. 5 months on I’m still going once a week. Karen’s approach was different to my other experience and immediately felt comfortable. At the beginning every session was very tough and I couldn’t see a future for myself, Karen’s proactive approach and way she adapted to the different ways I was feeling every week allowed me to leave feeling ‘better’ than I did before I walked in, even when I thought that wouldn’t be possible. I never thought I’d be in the place I am now and if someone told me 5 months ago that I’d actually be able to laugh during my sessions I would had thought they were mad. For me personally I still have a long way to go and every week I’m making progress, the only regret I have is that I didn’t meet Karen a lot earlier in my life.
My session’s ended with C tonight and they wrote this for me.
8 months after my father died I had reached a really low point. I was feeling depressed, anxious, and emotionally drained. On the advice from my GP to take time out from work, I reached out to Karen and have not looked back over the last 4 months, Karen has worked with me to understand my own self worth and that it’s OK to feel pain, anger and denial while you are grieving. By using different techniques Karen has made me relax, take time out and be open about how I am feeling. I have the power to change my mood by using various counselling approaches to fit my needs whether I’m feel anxious or depressed. There are people to touch out lives at certain points and we are forever changed and I’m grateful that Karen came into my life when she did.
The client below did not wish to be identified in any way, but was prepared to write a review.
I have found counselling with Karen invaluable. I first went to Karen thinking I didn’t need counselling but I wanted to understand what was happening in my marriage. I initially saw Karen for 8 sessions and she was great from the first session, and I realised I had made the right decision. I had a break for a month but then decided I needed to go back to Karen. I have then continued seeing Karen for some months. The sessions have been invaluable, honest, thought provoking and life affirming.
I realise now I would have never seen or understood where I was in my life or the dynamics of my marriage without counselling. I have learnt a great deal about myself and my relationship and the impacts this has had on my life. I have been able to walk away from counselling with the knowledge I am in a positive place in my life and that seeing Karen has enabled me to move forward in my life with strength and positivity. Karen is intuitive, listens and engages very thoughtfully.
J came to see me for relaxation techniques. we talked through mindfulness and how I felt it would help. J had six sessions and has written the next section to explain their process.
I went to see Karen to see if she could help me relax at my annual medicals at work as I suffer from white coat hypertension. I found that our sessions not only helped me to relax but entirely changed the way I feel. I don’t understand how mindfulness ( living in the present) affects the way I feel, all I know is it does. It’s not that I think through any problems or issues I encounter logically, it’s more that I feel differently about them in the first place, they don’t bother me, if anything I think less about them. As a result I’m generally more relaxed & calm.
S wrote the review below for me, they had come to see me with high levels of anxiety, this was copied from a review they left for me on google.
I cannot recommend this lady high enough.
I started seeing Karen a few months ago and while I will not go into the specifics, was quite literally a shell of a person, suffering with dreadful anxiety, I felt that my entire life had fallen apart around me. and I was quite literally at the end of the road.
After my term with Karen, I have turned my life around, I have changed so much in such a short time and I owe it largely to her. All my friends and family are so happy to have the old me back.
As someone said to me (which convinced me to seek Karen out) we will happily spend money on cosmetics (well not me but you get the idea), oral hygiene, pay for medication whenever it is required, however we all seem to forget the most important part of our body….our brain.
It’s great to be able to talk to someone in a trusting environment, someone who does not judge or critique.
Thank you for everything Karen
This client did not want to be identified in any way – but was prepared to write the review below
Met Karen a few months ago. helped me deal with some problems and even some I did not know I had until the sessions with her and got me to look at things more positively which has change my perspective . would highly recommend her
The client below did not want to be identified in any way, but was prepared to write the review below
After having my baby 2 years ago I was suffering from post natal depression but was never diagnosed with it, I then had a medical procedure which pushed me over the edge to which I started suffering from anxiety.
When first meeting Karen I was not in a good place she has helped me to learn to live in the moment, to deal with negative thought processes and has given me the tools to help me do this.
When I look back over the last six months I am now much more relaxed and in a happy place.
As the review below states, this couple came in crisis, they are now able to resolve any differences before they get into an argument, this was copied with their permission from a google review they left for me
My husband and I will be forever grateful to Karen for helping us through our problems that almost tore our marriage apart. She guided us, was extremely patient and always found a way for us to deal with issues. She always had a positive for any negativity we had between us. We would recommend Karen to anyone.. she’s so lovely, that I miss not seeing her now! We can’t thank you enough. Xxx
This client did not want to be identified – but was prepared to write a review
I went to see Karen with anxiety, issues with bereavement, and low self esteem. The sessions were always calm and I left each one in a better place. Karen is able to help me to sit with my feelings of being anxious and to help me to work through them. I am currently still seeing Karen and continue to work on what I now call the ‘new me’.
The client below did not want to be identified other than their first name – Brandon.
I contacted Karen amidst a growing realisation that my daily life had been overlain by a consistent and worsening depression for a number of years. Her use of a variety of techniques from multiple philosophies really appealed to me, especially after time spent with another therapist with a much more focused system. Once our sessions had begun, she allowed me to lead with only a small number of carefully chosen prompts and questions, thereby forcing me to further assess my own problems. The full extent of my difficulties had not been resolved by the time we agreed to part ways, but I felt more confident about weathering the storm on my own because of the processes and tools Karen helped me to put into my daily routine.
The client below did not want to be identified other than their first name – Michelle.
“I reached out to Karen after considering seeking some professional advice a few times before. I’d always been worried that I didn’t “need” counselling, but she put me at ease straight away and I found the six sessions I had with her really helped me to iron out some worries and uncertainties that had been weighing me down for about a decade – causing problems in my relationships and daily life. Karen was understanding, practical, and I was impressed that she suggested a six week block from the start as opposed to leaving the duration of the sessions hanging – though it would always have been possible to continue them had I felt the need and I’d always return if I felt a check-up was in order.”
Below is a review from Lucy
I first contacted Karen as I had been suffering with an eating disorder for 8 years. I had previously seen two counsellors before attending a rehab facility. Neither had worked. I had tried by myself for a while to overcome my battle with bulimia but was continuously unsuccessful- caught in a cycle of success-relapse-guilt. This would happen most days. I decided that I needed to seek help and then found Karen. I was initially reluctant to explore deeply into why it was that I had this disorder so, Karen, being Karen decided to give me strategies to try without being judgmental of my failed efforts.
I would find that after each session with her I was able to have something to hold onto and focus on in the week between our next session. Slowly but surely I began to regain parts of myself back again. I started to acknowledge why I was behaving in the way that I was, and most importantly be able to identify ways to overcome the negative behaviors and consequently the negative feelings.
Karen has taught me how to be mindful when I never realized I could be. She has helped me to like and accept myself and recognize that imperfections and ‘off’ days are all a part of life and not something to beat myself up over. She has taught me to be present in the moment, to explore my feelings without judgment, and she’s taught me to know myself.
I spent many weeks with Karen and I always felt a wave of relief when I’d sit in the chair opposite her. It has been a long journey for me, and to be honest not a journey I’d ever imagined getting so far along. One thing I do know is that I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Karen holding my hand.
Lucy- eating disorder, bulimia.