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

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

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 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

When  first came for sessions  I was having panick attacks more than once a day but after 3 sessions it's almost stopped now as I only had one in a whole month. I feel more confident about myself due toTestimonial from 14 year old

I was depressed and down before I came for CBT treatment. I felt as if nothing could help me or my situation. Not only did CBT help me to cope with current affairs , but it will continue to helpTestimonial 

"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

My Anxiety was spiralling out of control and I felt like my worries and fears were controlling my present and future. I can now rationalise, explore and 'sledgehammer' (a perfect choice of word coined by Chris) negative thoughts. I canTestimonial from Counselling

I came to Chris as my Anxiety and OCD  had reached a point where I needed help to move on with my life without the constant weight of it on my mind. In just 4 sessions I feel so muchTestimonial from Counselling

Before coming to see Chris my outlook on myself wasn't good. I didn't realise how clouded my judgement was and how wrong it was. Since coming to see Chris my life has been so much better and I have feltTestimonial

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 andTestimonial from Counselling