Testimonials

Here are some of the experiences of my past clients.

18th April 2019

"Keith was the first therapist I have used but was most helpful and understanding. He was attentive, listened very well and helped me enormously in understanding my situation. He had a wonderful knowledge of theories and explained these to me simply and with no pretence. I would highly recommend Keith." - Max

3rd April 2019

"Having had a little relational counselling before, I knew that Keith's counselling method was what I was looking for. My work meant I wasn't able to commit to a lengthy period of sessions on the same time and day each week and the fact that Keith was happy to offer some flexibility around sessions made him my first choice - other people I had contacted had been very rigid about scheduling. This flexibility was also hugely beneficial toward the end of my counselling when I was able to phase out gradually - having less frequent sessions - rather than coming to an abrupt halt.

The counselling rooms were central, easy to find and felt very private. Keith offered an initial consultation session to meet each other, discuss the counselling style and talk about what I felt I needed. There was no need to question whether I had found the right person, Keith is instantly aimiable, listens intently and seems geniunely interested in what you say and how to find links between experiences, emotions and behaviours. Keith doesn't take notes during sessions and this really makes a surprising difference - sessions seem more informal and the absence of the paper barrier allows for more eye contact and openness. Keith was able to pick up on non-verbal responses and ask questions that led me to make new connections or consider behaviours in a different light.

Whilst the main basis ofKeith's practice is relation counselling, he draws on experience and interest in other areas to include exercises or theories from CBT, coaching, mindfulness and other counselling methods as they seemed appropriate. It's really refreshing to have someone share something new with you rather than pretend to be all knowing from the start. Through the counselling, I was able to understand how I had got to the point I was but also try a range of useful techniques to help rethink the way I behave or the way I react to certain situations which means, hopefully, I won't hit that low point again.

If I had tried to access free counselling services, through a GP or charity, I would have been offered maybe 8 or 12 sessions. It took me nearly that long to appreciate how deeply entrenched my stress had become before I could start to unravel it and begin to change my behaviour. Choosing a private counsellor, specifically choosing Keith, was my best decision. I was able to take whatever time I needed to work through things; there was no deadline, no sense of 'you have to better by this point' which would simply have made my stress/anxiety worse. Instead, Keith kept things gently on track with periodic reviews by way of a questionnaire assesment and discussion of whether the sessions were continuing in the right direction and were still apropriate in terms of what I was aiming for.

I would highly recommend Keith to anyone needing mental health support, whether in full on crisis or simply stuck in a rut that you can't get out of."

18th January 2019

Thanks for the sessions. There has been a marked improvement in my moods and clarity and I feel like I have taken a few steps forward. You managed to keep me on track towards things that you could probably see that I needed to find... even if I couldn't see it myself! I really appreciated the supplementary reading material (for a budding psychology geek), your genuine interest in my ramblings and lots of tissues.

28th December 2018

I initially thought that if the response to my contacting you had been too great I may have considered just forgetting it. Once I chose you as my counsellor I found I had a lot of freedom to figure things out for myself with guidance. The specific feature I liked most about what you offered was that there was no judgment. You were conveniently located, offered times convenient to myself and had reasonable costs. I would definitely recommend you for all the above reasons.

2nd December 2018

Thank you very much for all your help.

I found the first free introductory session very helpful to make my decision if it was going to be right for me. I found you approachable and easy to talk to.  It was useful that you offered late appointments and the fees were reasonable.

21st November 2018

The obstacle that prevented me from getting the counselling was the stigma behind it in terms if admitting defeat by asking for help. Also i was actually unaware of the benefits of what counselling can achieve.

After every session I found that i felt better in myself and went back home to research some of things that we discussed to which I have now got a great interest in the human mind.

The specific feature I would say that I liked most was the fact of there being no judgement in the issues I raised.  I also felt I had a good rapport with you which made it easier to talk. 

A huge thank you for all the help that you gave me over the sessions.

19th April 2018

I really appreciate your input over the past couple of months.  I'm grateful for you professional approach to my needs.  Thank you for helping out and all the best for your future endeavours.

2nd March 2018

Before I decided on counselling I had a preconceived idea that it wouldn't help me, personally.

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and effective it was. I'd like to note that I tried other counsellors beforehand and found everything forced and futile. This was never the case with you.  I liked that the relational approach allowed me to discuss and explore my problems myself.  Through leading the discussion I naturally tended to hit on areas causing me more worry and anxiety. I found that you were unbiased but logical and supporting. This gave me more confidence to challenge issues in my life, which had become miserable and difficult.  You are a genuine person and easy to confide in. This is surprisingly difficult to find, even amongst counsellors. You are accommodating and professional. Also, your website was very insightful, you were easy to find.

I would definitely recommend you. I support your attitude and approach as a counsellor. I found that, through sessions with you, I could reorient my life and become healthier and happier. I was worried that I might never achieve that.

I, again, wish to acknowledge the excellent service that you provide. From the initial introductory phonecall, to the sessions and follow up e mails. Thanks for all of your effort and help.

29th January 2018

The only obstacle that would have prevented me from gaining support, would have been around my own insights to counselling, it would normally be me sitting in your chair. As a trained counsellor it appeared to be a little unusual for me, however the experience was very valuable as it allowed me to acknowledge that I needed that support regardless of what I did for a living. It was refreshing to find someone who I could feel relaxed and open with and I really appreciated your your listening ear and non-judgemental approach. I would most certainly recommend you, for your listening, empathic and warm approach, along with your vast knowledge and understanding.

Just to add, that you you even laughed with me, when i shared my funny stories.

3rd October 2017

I felt so lost and lonely at the start of therapy and now feel strong and more focussed. I don’t know what I would have done without this assistance.  It has been such a relief for me to have somewhere to turn.  Through counselling, I have been able to rebuild some of my confidence, help me focus on myself.  Ultimately, it’s me that has to make the decisions, but I feel in a better place to do that.

6th February 2017

I have found coming to our sessions over the last 8 weeks has been such a comfort. You’ve helped me enjoy Christmas when all I was doing was dreading it as my mum’s first anniversary approached. You have helped me beyond words and I feel much more positive about the future.   You do an amazing job and I feel through my sadness you helped to bring joy into my life again.

14th November 2016

Just wanted to say a massive thank you Keith for all your support over the last 6 weeks.  You have helped me gain an understanding and a different way of thinking about my grief and my way of coping, which I now feel I am doing with your support.

15th April 2016

Keith, thanks a lot, you’ve helped me a great deal.

18th August 2015

Keith was very kind, understanding and compassionate.  Thank you so much.

11th June 2015

I initially had some reservations about counselling, however I found Keith to be very pleasant and empathic.  Through the sessions I came to some insights and thoughts that had not previously crystallised whilst talking and sometimes after his comments.  They were valuable in allowing me the opportunity to talk, cry, offload to someone other than family and fiends.  I appreciated it and really benefitted by it.

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