Cheltenham Counselling Service

Dont be scared

I wish I’d found someone like Chris to talk to years ago!
I was really scared sending her the first email, but I’d reached a point where I just wanted to stop thinking the way I thought. I was tired of being so negative about myself and fed up of hiding away and avoiding as many social situations as I could. I found her online and when I saw ‘Everyone deserves to be happy’ written on her site, I made myself send her a note.
I needn’t have been scared though – from our first meeting, Chris was welcoming, kind and friendly – and after a few sessions with her, I stopped feeling embarrassed and guilty about the things I was saying out loud. Things that I had never said out loud to anyone before.
I can’t really explain how or why talking to someone like Chris works, it just does.
I have a better understanding of why I am the way I am, but instead of feeling frustrated and confused like I did, I feel more accepting of everything. I feel better prepared to deal with things that will be thrown at me in the future, and less inclined to hide away. And I’ve learnt that I can change the way I think – it is possible – and that alone is having a really positive impact on my life.
Nothing seems as grey as it did 3 months ago – and for that I owe Chris a massive gigantic thank you!

From my clients

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

Working for myself and suffering from overthinking was becoming a really dangerous combination for me. After a particularly stressful time I thought I would seek help in learning to get hold of my overwhelming sense of worry so went toTestimonial

Chris has helped me find myself again and provided me with the tools to take on anything life throws at me. Thank you.Testimonial

I came to seek CBT to help me deal with the pressures of work life and to teach me a balance between home and work. Since I've got to grips with more positive thinking. I can sleep better.  I canTestimonial from Counselling

Chris has been fantastic. I'm really strong now and I never thought I'd feel like this. I have coping strategies to deal with situations now that I didn't have before.Testimonial from Counselling

CBT techniques discussed with Chris have really helped me deal with anger issues, which had affected me for ages prior to seeking her support. I can now spot the signs and better control my anger emotions- I'm far more inTestimonial

2 months ago I was suffering from Anxiety and didn't think I could cope with it anymore. After 6 sessions here of CBT I have turned a corner and I feel like the person I wanted to be. The differenceTestimonial

"I saw Chris because I was lacking confidence socialising in groups and struggling to meet and chat to new people. The CBT techniques that Chris taught me have really helped me to get over the barriers that existed inTestimonial

Coming to these sessions has helped me to accept that despite issues in the past they can be dealt with. To not be consumed into negative thinking. Allowing me to feel positive and dealing with building on a calmer andTestimonial

I came to Chris on a very low ebb- I was angry with everything and everyone. After a short time I became aware of my situations and how to react and manage them without being angry. I have a muchTestimonial