I was so incredibly happy to read this email from a previous client. With her full permission, she has allowed me to share her experience with you. She wants her story to be an illustration of what you might expect to gain from the process if you have never had counselling before.
"Counselling with Mandy changed my life in the most unexpected and unanticipated ways and I will forever be grateful for what she has done for me. I had a feeling that I should go to counselling for a long time but I felt fearful about confronting my issues and fearful of change. I initially started counselling because I had several miscarriages. I still haven’t been able to have a successful pregnancy and I wanted to find a way to get rid of the pain that this caused me. Counselling didn’t get rid of this pain, but it made me realise that I wanted and needed to make changes in other aspects of my life. I had been stuck in a rut for a long time due to my fertility struggles and, although of course counselling wasn’t able to fix this, it gave me a way to become unstuck and have the confidence to change the things that are in my control and shine a light on the positive things in my life. Although I have always seen the pros of counselling, I waited until I was in a desperate situation to seek help. Now I think that counselling should be normalised and that it can be really useful for anybody who is open to it and willing to be vulnerable and engage with it. Everyone should try counselling long before they get into a desperate situation. I had bought into the idea that counselling was for when you were “broken” and that I wasn’t worth putting that investment into myself. But it isn’t the case – counselling is an important way to show self-love and care for yourself, the same as you would go to the gym or have a good diet. I am now the happiest that I have been in 5 years and hopeful for everything going forward, and I know that I can return to counselling in the future if/when I need it.
Thank you so, so much. I cannot put into words the affect that you have had on my life."