“In August 2021 I contacted Marion after having seen a post on line that said she was available for private counselling sessions. It had seemed difficult for me to find the right counsellor, there are so many to choose from and in my very low state it had all seemed too hard. I had had several very tough years and I felt like I wanted to disappear. But I was drawn to Marion’s background of many years experience with the NHS and also her role as a supervisor to other counsellors. She responded to my query promptly and I felt that she would know her stuff!
I spent my first few sessions mainly crying. I told Marion things that I had never said before. I realised that I felt safe and secure in doing so. She allowed me to talk … and talk. I valued her constancy. I knew she wasn’t judging me and I felt that she ‘got’ what I was saying and retained all the information until the following session. It was a completely new experience for me and through our weekly sessions I really felt myself changing.
Four months down the line life is not perfect. Why would it be? We have Covid and on a personal level I still have ongoing challenges. That’s life! But Marion has allowed me to develop a set of tools that have enabled me to think so much more positively about myself and to realise that solutions lie within me and my mindset. She has allowed me to cope so much better with the challenges around and as a result I am happier and more positive than I have been for many years. I have a new found confidence and a belief in the future. My counselling is ongoing. It is a process and I still have further to go. But I cannot thank Marion enough for her calm empathy, her professionalism, experience and kindness and her ability to make me look at who I am and to like what I see. It has been a transformative process. Thankyou Marion.”
“l went to see Marion because I had a number of family relationship difficulties.
For many months I attempted to resolve these on my own, resisting going to talk to a 'stranger' who I thought wouldn't understand my family, or the complexity of the issues.
After plucking up the courage to make contact with Marion, we started working through my various family complications. I found the whole process to be very gentle because did not feel 'judged' - it was as if her understanding seemed to help me disentangle and release my feelings and emotions in such a way that I could actually 'see the wood' including the trees!
Such a worthwhile experience...thank you Marion.”
“It is my experience, that by discussing my difficulties with Marion, and by the way in which she has helped and supported me, has enabled me to live a more fulfilled life.
With Marion’s help I feel that I can move forward in my life; this has been an incredible ‘journey’. To find out who I really am and what works best for me in my life, has been an amazing process of realisation and understanding.”
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