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."