“How will you measure the joy of living? I’m happy and I enjoy my life, I just feel so much better. And I’m sure that I can deal with difficult times too if needed. I believe I know myself a bit better now.”

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Experiences of Therapy:

 

“Excellent experience; very helpful, life changing.”

“Thank you for helping me grow and helping me to change my life!”

“My experiences of having therapy have been very positive. I have enjoyed having the space and freedom to discuss anything and everything with someone neutral to my life. I feel each session left me with a new perspective on an event in my life, or a renewed enthusiasm for the progress I had been making. And talking about me me me for ages! As vain as it sounds, it did feel good to do this, to voice highs and lows and how I felt about them.”


“My experience has been a very pleasant and relaxed one.”
“When I first arrived [in therapy] I was in a state of desperation. I had nowhere else to go. I was so afraid. Now, 10 months on, I feel much stronger … more aware of myself and my feelings… I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced what I did, but I know it’s not nice. It’s encompassing, convincing, lonely and dark. Whether you have or not is by-the-by – you know how to deal with those who do, and that should make you feel proud …I don’t really know how to thank you, and I don’t really want to say goodbye. All I can say is that I’ll forever be indebted to you for making me happy again.”

“Reliable, fulfilling, flexible and eye-opening.”

“I have felt better and more comfortable in myself and less exposed, more confident about facing certain difficult issues. I found you a very good listener, great at making me feel comfortable that I was not talking non-sense and paraphrasing what I was saying in a concise way. You were able to read when I had really gone out on a limb and to use a smile and a supportive comment was perfect and very useful to my healing process.”


“Excellent, you’ve helped me and guided me more than I ever thought possible. You helped me turn my life around. Thank you!”

“Yes – positive. Worked well for me. Exhaustive sometimes – I felt tired after some sessions but very worthwhile.”

“Excellent, I have found the sessions very helpful and useful in understanding myself and improving how I understand myself and especially how I deal with other people and how I can not allow others to affect ‘my world’.”

“It has been very good and helpfull and morealso I felt very relaxed with my therapist… I found very helpful the way my therapist would put into prospective whichever situation I was describing her.”

“That it is good to speak to a professional whenever it is too difficult for me to keep on with life on my own. Your inputs, presence and empathy helped me to see new aspects of my life situation and to accept it better. I also learned new skills to deal with it in a more positive way.”

“I enjoyed the time with you and it was more than helpful. Thank you again.”

“Sessions have been difficult at times because of the subject matter. However I have always felt that at the end of a session I had always gained a lot.”

“I think it’s been hugely beneficial. I’ve found it so helpful to talk over things with someone who basically listens and understands without judging, which is something I often feel the outside world has forgotten how to do. I feel it has enabled me to gain a new perspective on issues that have been affecting my confidence for many years.”

“Everything always felt comfortable and there was never a feeling of a set agenda for each session. However this did not detract from feeling there was a definite path over the course of a number of sessions which made it feel comfortable moving forward. Thank you : )”


“I feel so much better now and funnily enough – knowing that it’s OK to be weak has made me stronger! I know now a bit better how to deal with my habitual thinking, would that be criticizing myself or wondering if I’m good enough or if I deserve good things to happen to me.”
“I think most helpful was just the knowing that I could come and talk to you about the feelings I couldn’t tell anybody else. Knowing that’ll be safe and that you’ll support me … To start with, I was a bit skeptical about EMDR technique but then very impressed by the outcome. It was such a relief to get this [previous trauma] thing off my chest!”


“Thank you, Elizabeth. I very much enjoyed working with you, even if it was sometimes very difficult. I was often utterly exhausted after the session but it felt purifying and definitely worth of it. I think you are a great psychotherapist and a wonderful person. Thank you for your help and caring.”

“Very professional, trustworthy, approachable, helpful and personable. Much appreciated.”

“Wonderful, brilliant, useful, thought provoking and totally developmental for me.


“What I loved about my sessions, was the complete non-judgmental and supportive environment that was created. The phenomenal listening skills that you have which enable you to follow a sometimes very twisted path, and your ability to make sense of a lot of information / tangents.”
“Could you move closer to where I live?! thank you again. I wish you were one of my friends outside of this relationship! I think you are amazing, and definitely in a field of work that you are gifted in.”


“The sessions were very relaxed. It has made me more aware of my personality and how to make myself a better person.”
“I have felt heard and you really seemed to cut to the core of an issue and understand. I think you are naturally an empathic person, a lovely soul … I feel you encouraged me to be myself and I feel you respected me for who I am.”
“Overall it has been an extremely enlightening experience and I always felt completely safe, supported and understood. I always felt warmly welcomed.”
“I was able to explore some very painful and shameful memories and come to terms with them through the overall therapy and particularly through trauma therapy (EMDR).”

“Excellent, I have found the sessions very helpful and useful in understanding myself and improving how I understand myself and especially how I deal with other people and how I can not allow others to affect ‘my world’.”

“It has been very good and helpfull and morealso I felt very relaxed with my therapist… I found very helpful the way my therapist would put into prospective whichever situation I was describing her.”

“That it is good to speak to a professional whenever it is too difficult for me to keep on with life on my own. Your inputs, presence and empathy helped me to see new aspects of my life situation and to accept it better. I also learned new skills to deal with it in a more positive way.”

“I enjoyed the time with you and it was more than helpful. Thank you again.”

“Excellent, you’ve helped me and guided me more than I ever thought possible. You helped me turn my life around. Thank you!”

“Yes – positive. Worked well for me. Exhaustive sometimes – I felt tired after some sessions but very worthwhile.”


“Reliable, fulfilling, flexible and eye-opening.”

“I have felt better and more comfortable in myself and less exposed, more confident about facing certain difficult issues. I found you a very good listener, great at making me feel comfortable that I was not talking non-sense and paraphrasing what I was saying in a concise way. You were able to read when I had really gone out on a limb and to use a smile and a supportive comment was perfect and very useful to my healing process.”


“My overall experience has been a very pleasant and relaxed one.”

“When I first arrived [in therapy] I was in a state of desperation. I had nowhere else to go. I was so afraid. Now, 10 months on, I feel much stronger … more aware of myself and my feelings… I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced what I did, but I know it’s not nice. It’s encompassing, convincing, lonely and dark. Whether you have or not is by-the-by – you know how to deal with those who do, and that should make you feel proud …I don’t really know how to thank you, and I don’t really want to say goodbye. All I can say is that I’ll forever be indebted to you for making me happy again.”


“Excellent experience overall; very helpful, life changing.”

“Thank you for helping me grow and helping me to change my life!”


“My experiences of having therapy have been very positive. I have enjoyed having the space and freedom to discuss anything and everything with someone neutral to my life. I feel each session left me with a new perspective on an event in my life, or a renewed enthusiasm for the progress I had been making. And talking about me me me for ages! As vain as it sounds, it did feel good to do this, to voice highs and lows and how I felt about them.”

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Meeting Expectations


“I don’t think I was expecting anything specific, I was more fixed on ‘here is something else to throw at the problem’ and probably didn’t have a lot of faith in ‘just talking’ to begin with. My initial objective was to simply stop binging, but this quickly changed into ‘feel happy and balanced’ which I have definitely achieved.”

“I came to therapy to better understand myself and my issues. It did exactly that and more.”


“The sessions meet all my objectives, in that I finished feeling a whole lot better about myself. I have the feeling of being human again!”
“I’m not sure that I came in with many [expectations] – it was very unknown territory to me – I think I was looking for confirmation of my feelings – that what I was feeling / thinking was okay – I needed someone outside the ‘goldfish bowl’ to say that’s okay. I did get the confirmation I was looking for – not because you agreed with me but you allowed me to explore circumstances / situations through prompting me / asking questions which allowed me to answer some of my own questions. I feel you gently picked / teased away – I felt we worked well together and always found you positive also – I liked the fact that you smiled alot too.”


“My experiences have been all positive and guiding through some very tough times.”
“Yes the sessions met my objectives, which were to help me through a relationship break up.”
“Therapy went far beyond my initial expectation. Initially I didn’t believe it could help, but after just a small number of sessions everything started to make sense and I realised my mindset was changing for the better.”


“When I first came in, I felt very lost in myself and could’ve quite easily disappeared, just to escape the things that were happening around me. In the time that I spent in sessions I learnt how to deal with the external forces that were bringing me down and causing me to act out in a violent manner. I now feel that I’m able to control myself more and not be affected as much.”
“I learned to see the whole situation in a different, more positive way and I can see more clearly now, where I can use the skills I’ve learned to make my every day life easier.”


“I discovered a lot of difficulties inside myself that I was probably hiding for a long time and also been given a new way of analyzing my life and my future objectives which I keep always present.”
“I think the sessions far exceeded my expectations and certainly met the objectives I set for myself at the beginning. I become far more aware of myself and my state of mind and learnt a number of new techniques during sessions that enable this. I feel the sessions have taught me many techniques to better handle the problems I originally sort therapy for.”

Measuring the Benefits of Therapy


“It helped me more than I expected. I found that your approach was the right one me, the most suitable. I really enjoyed the way you work.”

“I have learned so much about myself and grew along the way.”

“I feel like I’ve gained the ability to step back from whatever situation that might face me now, and really think about it from all angles, including listening to how I feel, as well as how practical something may be.”


“I can’t imagine how the therapy could be improved! Thank you so much for everything x”

“If it wasn’t for learning how to see straight in all areas of my life I’m confident that I wouldn’t have made the changes with my work, or with relationships at home, with other people or felt as solid as I do about what I want and what makes me tick. I suppose I look at what is present in my life now that wasn’t there before, and believe that the work done has helped me make this happen.”


“Sounds a bit vague to say ‘Therapy has changed my life’ but that’s what it boils down to.”
“The most helpful thing in my mind was finding new ways think about situations so I did not feel out of control.”
“Well I started [therapy] thinking the only way I would measure my success would be literally with tape measures and scales, but my values there have changed … Binges aren’t a way of coping for me now, so the initial issue has been dealt with … I feel so changed now that who I used to be is a dim and distant memory!”


“Survival (lol). Less stress about what I was going through, More presence and alertness and conscious decision making rather than feeling like I was being dragged through parts of my life.”
“Looking back I benfited from that the way you were able to read me physically i.e. the breathing, heart racing, red face – you appeared to tune in to the reactions that my body had in realtion to my thoughts – I must admit I struggled sometimes to explain it but I feel I did benefit from confronting the reactions in my body. The benefits I feel are in my contentment at present – that is a true measure. I feel confident in what I do or don’t like – I know who I am – flaws and all. Some people like you – some don’t. Little things don’t matter quite as much. If I feel strongly about something then I believe in it and stick to it – It’s who I am.”


“The main benefit is gaining my confidence and self respect back and this is worth more to me than anything material.”

“[Therapy] has given me a very good path to work on for my future progress.”

“Priceless”