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Testimonials

'The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.' 

Carl Rogers

Ange Client
Jane Aldred Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP - Endorsement
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"Jocelyn is a skilful and brilliant trauma therapist with many years of experience. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for help."

Carola Client
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Cathy Client
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Kate - Client
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Oliver - client
Lys - client
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Amelia - client
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Hugh's story...

I'm 66 year old male. and am coming to the end of 17 months of counselling with Joss.  This is probably the best thing I've done for myself... ever.

I grew up in a family with a lot of arguments, fear and constant vigilance... my father was an alcoholic, who, mostly,  emotionally abused me, and I witnessed physical abuse of my mother. I was ridiculed , threatened with death and made to feel worthless. This went on for years. I've experienced difficulties trusting people, and have found romantic relationships particularly challenging. I've  felt undeserving of love, but also become dependant on love from outside of myself. I've suffered from depression for almost all my life. At times suicidal  and hopeless of any future. 

 

The work with Joss has focused on helping me work though the trauma from my childhood. The therapy has involved, learning to recognise my feelings,  name them and understand the links and the difference between thoughts and feelings. I've learned also to use physical body " tapping" and breathing techniques to better regulate my previous behaviour which would cause me to shut down my feelings and shut other out of my life. This has involved acknowledging and working through my "triggers". Once I was better able to manage my and "control " the automatic "flight or fight " behaviour, I could then start work to reprocessing some of the specific "traumatic " incidents.  Through IRRT I was able to leave the Trauma " in the past " while continuing to nurture myself now and my self as the helpless child I was then.

 

This work took time, at times I wanted to give up...  but I'm so thankful I continued.

This has been an extraordinary adventure,  not easy, and at times a bit scary. 

But, doing this work with the guidance, support and professionalism from Joss, has changed my life for the better.

 

I am now it a much stronger place to face my feelings recognising them to have much less control over me. I am more contented with who I am. I have greatly reduced my medication and I no longer shut down as a way of protecting myself. I am so thankful for the opportunity to do this work. 

 

I am on an ongoing journey of thanks for who I am, remembering to have compassion for myself and others.

Hughie

Emma's story...

I have been struggling greatly for several years with my mental wellbeing, experiencing regular long periods of depressed moods, negative thought patterns, and recurrent suicidal ideation. This seriously affected all aspects of my life, and I felt completely stuck in this mindset. I felt heartbreaking emotional pain almost every day. I felt like I was unable to enjoy life. 

 

Working with Joss has helped me completely change my way of thinking and provided me with a number of tools and coping mechanisms that have drastically improved my quality of life. I was in such a dark place that I truly didn’t believe there was any way I could improve my mental health.

 

The benefits I have gained from counselling cannot be understated. I have a much stronger sense of self, and compassion towards myself; I am aware of how to take care of myself and combat negative thought patterns; I have been able to pursue my hobbies again after years of feeling too depressed to do so; I have improved my physical health by exercising at the gym and fitness classes, something I would never have had the courage to do; I have been able to build relationships in this community and I participate in activities within it, which has been so important to me as a newcomer to the area.

 

I still have bad days, and there are times when I revert to the mental state that became the norm for me. However, the difference is that I have a wealth of tools and coping mechanisms at my disposal that allow me to combat moods that may have spiralled into suicidal thoughts followed by a several weeks-long depressive episode. In addition to this, knowing I can speak to my counsellor at any time to talk things through – knowing that support is readily available – makes me feel a lot safer and more secure. 

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