Caroline - Testimonials
Alan had become totally stressed by workplace politics. He was behaving in increasingly bizarre ways, and, when he came to me, was on the point of walking out of his job. After a couple of sessions, and a few days off work, he was able to go back and change his reactions to the politics such that it no longer stressed him. He continued successfully in the job and, as he now felt more in control of his life, grew in confidence and became much happier.
Geoffrey asked for help as he worked through two or three options about his future. It quickly became obvious that there was a further option, which was in fact extremely attractive to him, but which he was deliberately not considering because of his expectations of other people’s reactions. Having recognised that he liked the possibility, we worked through the likely reactions, and ways to deal with them, and to what degree other people’s disapproval would be acceptable. He then decided to carry on until this possibility became more definite and take things one step at a time.
George’s business had got into debt. Having sustained a business failure in the past, he was afraid history was repeating itself. He was sleeping badly, neglecting friends and family, afraid to answer the telephone and any small setback sent him into a deep gloom for the rest of the day. Within a few weeks George had gained some new contracts, paid off most of his debts, set timed goals for paying off the rest, was planning a holiday, set about buying a house and started a business sideline with a new colleague. Every aspect of his life had improved dramatically. He handled normal daily set-backs easily, was sleeping well and no longer felt stressed.“On our first meeting I was nervous. Caroline has a very calm relaxed air about her and it immediately put me at ease. Each meeting produced new situations and new emotional hang-ups but each time I came away feeling better, stronger and more confident. I am now much more confident and capable in facing difficult situations. I haven’t looked back since our first meeting”
Angela worried that she was not as well-informed as friends and people she met. This was causing real limitations in her life as she increasingly avoided social contact and tended to ‘clam up’ when she was with other people she met through work or her husband’s business. After four sessions she reported a major difference in the way she felt - she had joined a choir, was considering joining a reading group, had enrolled on a course and felt quite relaxed in social and work situations.
Andrew had become obsessed an incident that had occurred some years earlier. Despite counselling he thought about this incident every day, and every night and brought it up in conversations very frequently. He agonised about what had happened, what he had done to deserve it etc. It had had a negative effect on his family. After just two sessions he reported an amazing improvement and after his fourth and final one he said that, not only had he finally put this issue behind him, his general confidence level had increased dramatically making him happier and more successful in his work as well. “I can’t in all honesty say I know what Caroline did, but whatever it was it worked and has completely changed my outlook on life”
Mary was claustrophobic. After one session she went in a lift for the first time in 20 years. A week later we met outside and went in every lift we could find! Two weeks later she fulfilled a long-held ambition to go on the London Eye!
Alcohol and Drugs“Working with Caroline gave me huge insight into the reasons why I started drinking and the factors that were perpetuating my drinking habits. Through both emotional support and consistently challenging my thought patterns with Caroline I have made enormous progress and reached a place where I can say honestly that alcohol is no longer a problem for me. I owe much of that to the patience and persistence Caroline showed and I owe her many heartfelt thanks in helping me to emerge from a very dark place to a place of freedom.” JW
‘Over the time that Caroline has worked with me she has helped me face up to and battle my alcohol and drug addiction with unwavering support and has helped me find my way to sobriety and happiness. Without her constant care and support - kind, yet firm words - and determination to help me live the life she always assured me I deserve, I would have been totally lost. I will be forever grateful that she came into my life.’ SM
‘Caroline has been an inspirational source of support, guiding me sensitively in the right direction. She is one person I always felt I could talk to honestly and never be judged. I am now over a month without cocaine or alcohol.’ JA
“Alcohol was completely dominating my life and was causing no end of problems for me – from serious health issues to family and financial problems. It was Caroline who helped me get my life back on the right track. She showed patience and understanding at a dark time in my life when all seemed out of control and lost. Caroline arranged for me to do recovery groups and managing addiction groups, and to get into residential detox and rehab. I'm now more than a year dry, and although every day is a challenge I know that Caroline is always there if I need to call her, with good advice and encouragement.” JC
“Following the death of my father and a problematic relationship with my mother my life in my early 20s was completely dominated by drugs. Three years on I am running a successful business in Spain, I have a beautiful flat and a girlfriend and that part of my life is completely behind me. Caroline says she is proud of me, but she should be proud – I never would have got here without her”. WW