Cheltenham Counselling Service

Testimonial from Counselling

I believe I have suffered Anxiety/depression for most of my 54 years. A lot of challenges in life that I felt I had dealt with, seemed to surface almost 8 weeks ago. I was scared, bewildered, confused, shaking, crying and struggling to put a sentence together. I was taken to the doctor immediately, who gave me Beta-blockers and a number to ring the Let’s Talk team – all they could offer me was group sessions two months later, the same could be said of Gloucestershire Counselling service, even though I had already paid a ¬£45 fee with the promise of being contacted 48 hours later (this never happened!).
So two weeks later, signed off work and still a total wreck, I looked on the internet and came across Chris’ website – reading her testimonials and seeing her photo was enough for me. I emailed her and got a very quick reply asking if I would like to go the next day – perfect, somebody can help me when I most need help!

I was very nervous going for my first session, but an hour later, came out already on the road to a brighter future! I felt as though Chris totally understood me and my thought process. The things she suggested, made me feel like she could read my mind – she ‘got me’, she understood!

Best of all, Chris was able to teach me how to turn situations around, to challenge them, to find evidence and to think very differently.

After five sessions with Chris, I finally like myself, I have a more positive outlook, I have put some past issues in their right place (wrapped up and tucked away), I have stopped blaming myself for other peoples actions and life in general looks so much better.

I know that I will be using Chris’ techniques whenever I need to for the rest of my life, but now I feel able to do that, one step at a time.

Best of all, after almost 8 weeks away from a job I love, I am returning to work next week!! I feel elated!

I cannot thank Chris enough and know that if I need her in the future, she will be there for me.

From my clients

I am writing this testimony as an endorsement of Chris Benfield, I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. A big part of this is to do with my weight I have always been larger framed however I am relativelyTestimonial from Counselling

Chris helped me loads because I was being bullied and now it's stopped. If it happens again I would know what to do. I liked going to sessions because it's helped me loads.Testimonial from a child

I found these sessions very helpful to reduce my Anxiety to what it really is. I have  found the sessions quick to pick up and all of them revolve around changing the way I was thinking. Using these techniques hasTestimonial from young person

I have learnt a new outlook on life. I feel far more relaxed about life's challenges and I feel I can deal with many things positively. I generally feel happier and positive about the future.Testimonial from Counselling

I made contact with Christine when I was at a low ebb. My anxieties were getting the better of me and my sleep patterns were completely erratic. Chris introduced me to CBT in a manner both sympathetic and straightforward. SheTestimonial from Counselling

CBT is not something I would have thought would have been helpful. I was desperate so wanted to try anything. Chris has helped me by what she has taught me and now I can use it everyday. IT REALLY HELPS!Testimonial from a young male

When I first met Chris I was feeling very low, I was definitely depressed and felt I had very little to look forward to. During the course of our sessions Chris enabled me to see myself in a different way.Testimonial from Counselling

After only 5 excellent sessions with Chris, my outlook on life, past, present and future has completely changed for the positive. I have a lot more confidence in myself at work and at home! Thank you Chris for teaching me5 excellent sessions

Seeing Chris individually within couple counselling helped us both to understand how to deal with our issues and work together. CBT is effective for relationship development.Seeing Chris individually within couple counselling

Chris is a miracle worker! I came to her with some serious self worth issues and have left a more positive, confident and bubblier person.Chris guided me through some very difficult experiences whilst also teaching me some coping techniques andTestimonial after just 7 sessions