Small Steps Counselling Service
A safe place to share your worries allowing you to make steps towards positive change
Let me begin by telling you a story – about20 years ago, a newly married lady suddenly found herself trapped with a head that wouldn’t listen to reason. In spite of her 20+ years, she felt like a lost 5-year-old girl most of the time and needed a lot of reassurance. Over a period of 4 months, she displayed behaviours without thought for anyone else – selfishness, paranoia, making demands, refusing to do simple everyday tasks and often thinking very irrationally – although the real her shone through occasionally, mostly when she felt very safe. It took 4 months of hard work to make the change she wanted to. The lady was of course me … and I had an illness …. And the illness was anxiety.
I know how difficult anxiety is to live with; I recognise the behaviours a person suffering with anxiety displays; I acknowledge the daily battle anxiety causes; I know how controlling anxiety is.
My personal experience of anxiety means that when working with clients who have anxiety, I am able to provide realistic reassurance whilst helping clients face their daily battle until the anxiety no longer controls them …. But they control the anxiety.
“Colette is making me believe, I am worthy of my place in the world. I suffer from anxiety and more often than not I panic about every detail of my life. She is making me realise I need to trust and let go of things I am not in control of. She is understanding, compassionate and has made me look at life in an entirely positive and different way. I know that I will never be anxiety free but her help has allowed me to live fully.”
I didn’t think I needed a counsellor and only went because my wife insisted. However, during our sessions, I began to see things differently and my own self-confidence increased and my stress reduced. I thought there would be shame in needing to see a Counsellor but I have learnt there is no shame in it, sometimes we just need someone who doesn’t know us who will listen!
We went to see Colette due to some problems in our marriage. We had a combination of sessions together and individual sessions. We only needed 6 sessions in the end. Colette taught us how to communicate more effectively with each other and to trust to each other.
Colette was recommended to me by a friend. I went to see her because I was suffering with high anxiety levels. I cried a lot in our sessions but we also laughed a lot. I didn’t once feel judged by Colette and now feel more confident and positive about life. I am now working full time – something I thought would never happen. My anxiety no longer controls me – I control it.
I went to see Colette because I was suffering from depression and was feeling suicidal. I was often tearful during sessions with Colette but felt I could talk openly about my depression and over a period of time, began to reframe my thoughts to become more positive. I still feel low from time to time but feel I now have the tools to manage this better.
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