Read what Julie’s client’s have to say about their experience of counselling
All testimonials are published with consent by each individual client who have either chosen to use their real name or have chosen to use a pseudonym.
“I found counselling extremely useful. When I first came I had no idea how to manage my feelings and would be constantly worried and anxious. I now have skills which I can use to help me manage the worries and become more independent. I am no longer completely dependent on one person and feel a lot happier in both social and work situations. I found tactics [for worry and anxiety] and breathing exercises the most useful and will continue to use them.
Jess – Durham
“I am so pleased to have finally found somebody who can provide a flexible approach to my issues rather than just more Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). When I started seeing Julie I was suffering from daily panic attacks, anxiety, low moods, low self-esteem and body dysmorphia.
At 16 I received CBT due to issues surrounding eating and obsessive exercise; I was diagnosed with anxiety, low moods and body dysmorphia. The CBT was unsuccessful so I was essentially given these labels and sent on my way with no real understanding or support in place. Through working with Julie I have managed to come to terms with the underlying causes of my issues with food and exercise, and I now do not associate myself with the body dysmorphia label I was given whatsoever. At 19 I started having panic attacks on top of everything else which meant another referral to do CBT and another unsuccessful process. It was at this point my dad insisted I went to see Julie, I resisted at first as I was sceptical about trying counselling as I was under the impression that it was for people who were suffering bereavement or serious trauma rather than just general mental health issues.
Since starting my sessions with Julie I have achieved so many goals big and small I never thought would be possible including moving away to university, going interrailing, going on my first all-inclusive holiday, starting a new job, treating myself to food deemed unhealthy without feeling guilty or hating myself, allowing myself to miss gym sessions and allow my body time to rest, going out for meals, eating at buffets, learning to say no to people and going away for weekends without it being a big thing.
Julie helped me to think rationally about everything and develop coping mechanisms, I am overwhelmed with how far I have come since starting my sessions with her. I have a better quality of life now, I am able to enjoy things I never thought I would be able to and I am the happiest I have ever been.”
Jess – Durham
“Counselling helped me understand what I was feeling and why and that it was ok to feel that way because it wasn’t permanent and to help myself get better. The coping strategies were simple and easy to use and understand, just by being able to recognise my own behaviour helped me stop it and become more positive and able to control myself. Understanding others behaviour also helped me not to take on board their thoughts and feelings as if they were my own”.
LD – Durham
“I found counselling beneficial from the start, the [strategies are] now something I use on a daily basis. I still have a long way to go but I’m trying to be kinder to myself and hope to get back to work as soon as possible. Julie was a huge support to me too and I felt at ease with her immediately, thank you.”
Andrea – Durham
“When I first went to counselling I had problems with my home life regarding my relationship with my partner. During my sessions I learned how to cope with various situations and problems more effectively and I now do things differently to what I would have done. My goal is to use the knowledge learned in the sessions to help me improve my relationship with my partner and to look forward to the future with my partner and daughter.”
Terry – Durham