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 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 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

"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

I have felt that CBT and coming here has helped me so much. I don't know what I would have done without all this help and support. It has opened up my eyes and made me believe I amTestimonial

I went to see Chris because of a dreadful stammer which developed after I entered my 80s, having no previous history of speech problems. Neurological investigations revealed nothing relevant, and speech therapy only scratched the surface; the consensus among variousTestimonial

Fantastic listener, a great opportunity to explore my thoughts and feelings. Chris has enabled me to become more confident and deal with everyday situations.thank you for opening up areas for me to work on. I have become a stronger personTestimonial from Counselling

Testimonial...When I fist started I was a withdrawn individual who had great difficulty opening up to anyone. After a couple of months visible changes had started in my everyday life; I was engaging with people around me and had evenWhat CBT has done for me

"When I first came to see Chris six weeks back I didn't know I was having traumatic attacks. Now I don't know what traumatic attacks are. I still care about issues, I still care about people, but I see themTestimonial

CBT has been very helpful and effective at reducing fears and anxieties that I have held for a long time and more importantly has given me he self belief that I can tackle them. Chris is a very warm, kindTestimonial