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.” 

Counselling for Anxiety
  • Testimonial

    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!    

  • Testimonial

    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.

  • Testimonial

    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.

  • Testimonial

    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.

Counselling for Anxiety

2&6 Therapy Rooms,

Wainbridge House,

Shepherd Road,

Gloucester,

GL2 5EL

Call or text 07712 619159

Email Colette@smallstepscounsellingservice.com

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