Testimonials

‘The sessions, although tough at the time, provided me with an escape, a chance to understand my mind & process information……. It also helped me understand what was important to me. I must thank you for your time and effort, you helped me immensely, for which I am eternally grateful’.

SF

Thank you for all your fantastic support and encouragement. I know I am in such a different place to when we first met. The counselling has been a great help and I feel I’ve been set on the right path now to travel onwards in a new journey.

Paul Stokes

Thank you for helping me have a happy life. Thank you so much for all you have done for me – I will carry your wisdom always!

Sally Franklyn

Thank you so much for your help over the last four months.

Mark Doyle

I just wanted to formally thank you for all of your help. I never realised how good counselling could be and will highly recommend it to anybody I meet who would benefit. DW

It has been helpful to consider such things as the importance of my ‘inner child’ and to decide what decision are ‘in my best interest’. LG

It has been good to be challenged and although I didn’t perceive myself to be the most cooperative client, it seems a necessary stage for me to go though, to resist the suggestions of others. MH

My sessions with Geoff have helped me through a very difficult time in my life. He has helped me focus on what is important and helped me gain better self esteem and confidence. Both home and work life are greatly improved. Kevin

I was unsure what to expect but after just one session, I already felt so much better, and now after six, I feel in control of my life and my anxiety level is almost none. The environment is perfect and I was put at ease straight away.

I will be recommending you. Anna

I have suffered with anxiety in my working and personal life for most of my adult life and was diagnosed with GAD three years ago.  Counselling, for me, was a step into the unknown and whilst I appreciated that talking things through with an impartial person could hold benefits for my situation, I felt that it may be an admission of personal failure. 
Having attended 6 sessions with Geoff over a number of weeks, my fears could not have been further from the truth.  Geoff’s approach is in no way judgemental and allowed me to explore, over my time with him, the reasons behind my worries.  There was no ‘silver bullet’ but, by understanding more about the ‘why’, I have been able to understand myself better, forgive myself for my imperfections and put in place my own coping strategies to stay calm and mitigate my feelings of anxiety moving forward.
Thanks Geoff . Matt

I felt that we developed a friendly rapport over the time and it was easier to talk through the problems I have. My scares may seem less positive but I have been in this situation for so long and there is no easy way to resolve it. I do feel better after a counselling session but reality soon takes hold again. I did try to be more positive over some aspects of the caring role and I do appreciate the time you gave me. Loneliness and a feeling of isolation are very real issues and these were helped. Cynthia

Thank you for helping me and making me happy in myself. I am proud. Liam (14)

A heartfelt thank you for all your support, empathy and understanding. It’s been an incredibly long journey, you were with me all the way. Thank you for believing in me, and helping me in believing in myself.

You have given me the tools to a better life, they will stay with me forever.

I couldn’t have done it without you. Stefa

Quotes

We are the result of our conditioning and experiences. We have been greatly influenced by significant people with who we have lived with, grown up with, been educated by or, with who we have shared mutual interests. We have adopted beliefs, opinions and behaviours many unconsciously all of which have impacted upon our lives – sometimes to the good but sometimes not. We may sense that there is something amiss, something which causes us to feel uncomfortable, distressed or depressed but cannot understand why. By appreciating the earlier influences upon our lives and therefore raising our self-awareness we become aware of the choices available and the decisions we need to make if we are to act in our own best interest.

Geoff T Cox

Therapy helps us change our lives. It teaches us skills and helps us see ourselves in a more realistic light. Therapy helps us get rid of misconceptions about ourselves and the world and also helps us function better both in the world and more specifically in relationships. Therapy can fill that gaping hole inside that some of us feel. It can teach us how to live effectively with illness, whether that illness is mental or physical. Therapy can help us find relief from emotional pain. Therapy can help us deal with the stress of living in a very chaotic and complicated world. In general, therapy can help us be better partners, parents, lovers and people. It can help us find the peace and happiness we deserve.

Gary S. Stoffle

The end result of therapy is a self which is more self-aware and detached, a self which can monitor itself in a rational way and detect emerging difficulties. A self which has loosened the bonds of dependency. A self which is more ‘free’ in every way.

Patrick Bracken and Philip Thomas

“To be that self what one truly is” involves still other components ……. the individual moves toward living in an open, friendly, close relationship to his own experience. This does not occur easily …… only as he experiences such a hitherto denied aspect of himself.

Carl Rogers

The unease people experience in their relationships often stems from a more basic unease with themselves and with life in general. Those who are confused about their own direction and purpose are bound to feel overwhelmed by the presence of others who appear to want to push them along in various directions. Blaming their difficulties on negative relationships with others is rarely correct or useful. Indicating that problems in living are entirely determined and caused by destructive and traumatic experience in childhood relationships to their parents is even less useful and probably no more correct.

Emmy van Deuzen-Smit

Taking stock of one’s life, which is the initial task of existential work, requires attention to be paid to three aspects in particular. First, assumptions about the world, on all four dimensions (natural, private, public and ideal), need to be recognized, defined and questioned. Assumptions are the things one normally holds true without questioning. They determine one’s perception of things as real or unreal. Second, values need to be recognized or determined, in order to establish ultimate and vital concerns which make things worthwhile and meaningful. Third, personal talents need to be recognized, defined and elaborated, as they are the source of what makes life possible and actual.

Emmy van Deuzen-Smith

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

The concept of presence allows a therapeutic relationship to be as actual as face-to-face. This allows the typed word to convey a therapeutic reaction as real as in the counselling room, and therefore may be considered counselling.

Kate Anthony

… the individual has it within himself the capacity and the tendency, latent if not evident, to move forward toward maturity…… This tendency may become deeply buried under layer after layer of encrusted psychological defenses (sic); it may be hidden behind elaborate facades which deny its existence; but it is my belief that it exists in every individual, and awaits only the proper conditions to be released and expressed.

Carl Rogers

The use of technology in counselling and psychotherapy is changing the face of the profession…….. ignoring technology, as it becomes more and more a part of our daily lives, suggests ignoring, firstly the client’s choice of receiving mental health assistance in this way and, secondly, the suggested possibilities, such as improved efficiency, that technology may afford the profession as a whole.

Kate Anthony