Helping you through challenges and facilitating growth.
"I contacted Stephen because I was having a hard time dealing with some issues and I felt I needed to talk about them. I felt comfortable talking to him; he is reassuring and a nice person to talk to. He helped me to deal with my issues and made me realise it is OK to be human. He gave me clarity as to why I was feeling the way I am and what I can do to help myself. My advice to anyone who is looking for therapy is to not suffer in silence, it’s OK to talk about it and Stephen is the counsellor to talk to."
Emma, February 2022
"Stephen is someone who is easy to talk to and has a way of listening that helps to promote talking. He has a kind, reassuring manner and that helped create a safe environment, which is paramount."
Callie, December 2021
"Stephen has a very calm presence which put me at ease from our first session. He provided a comfortable and confidential space which allowed me to explore my thoughts, feelings and beliefs free from judgement. His genuine and authentic demeanour made me feel able to be completely open and honest when talking about myself and my experiences.
I am incredibly talented at talking all the way around what it is that I really need to speak about, and Stephen was able to keep me focused and gently challenge when necessary. I appreciated the suggestions and ideas that he offered without being prescriptive or pushy. I valued his observations which were often affirming.
In addition to some of the specific situations/problems I brought to sessions, we also spent some sessions discussing more general existential themes. Stephen is thoughtful and considered in his responses, so it made for some interesting conversations. Overall, I found our sessions really useful and will be back when the need arises."
Sarah, September 2021
'I found the tying of theory to change really helpful; it provided a framework within which I could understand my experiences and envision the changes I wanted to make. I found your manner very supportive; you created a space that felt very safe and encouraging; I felt I could be entirely open and honest which gave me confidence.
I liked it that when I said something you would often pause to think about what I said. This helped me to feel that you were listening carefully and not rushing to respond without thinking about what I had said. Your responses were considered and helpful and showed that you had processed what I had said.
I enjoyed that I was able to direct the therapy to quite a large extent and that you guided me through that. I would imagine there might be clients who would need more leading from you but for me, this meant that I had ownership of the therapy and felt empowered.
Thank you for your flexibility around the timing of sessions, this was a big help. As I said, these sessions have been enormously beneficial, and I am certain I will continue to benefit from the work we have done together.'
Becky, July 2020
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