You've helped me enormously in working through the difficulties I was having with anxiety and anger. By careful listening, and skillful questioning you quickly helped identify the areas where I was getting "stuck", and have given me strategies for dealing with that when it happens. You've helped me to achieve a shift of perspective which has transformed my approach to the things that were troubling me and sabotaging my sleep, and given me an acceptance that to look after myself is both a kind and a responsible thing to do. I especially appreciate your introducing me to mindfulness meditation, which is proving profoundly useful. Thank you for your kindness, your empathy and your warmth. This was my first experience of counselling, and you made it easy and productive. The sense of ease and freedom I feel now, for the first time in many years, comes from realising that somehow, through this process, I've left some unhealthy overthinking behind, and (equally important) that I'm far better equipped to care for myself in the present and resolve any similar difficulties in the future. Lynn ( December 2020)
At the end of 2017 I literally stumbled and fell. Broken and unsure how to repair years of damage I reached out and found Susan. My profession is extremely precarious for an alcoholic and the environment and people which surround me makes my recovery journey atypical to say the least. Susan took on this challenge as I suspect she takes on all challenges....with a professional but compassionate calmness. I found her to be a fantastic guide on a painful journey. Her gentle but powerful influence has had a profound and lasting effect and I have just passed 1000 days sober.
I am lucky to have a loving and supportive family but it is fair to say that without Susan I probably would have lost everything. The process was extremely difficult but going through it with Susan as an anchor and a constant made it possible. As a testimony to her ability as an addiction counsellor I cannot speak highly enough. The fact I am sober and a publican and now the best version of me I have ever been is all I can offer. May this be enough to persuade anyone who is in doubt to try and take that first terrifying step on the road to recovery with Susan as your guide you stand more than a fair chance!! If I can do it anyone can. Miranda (September 2020)
I spent over a year working with Susan and found her personable and easy to get along with. When I first worked with her, I was needing support as I was reducing my long-term medication for OCD and anxiety. (with my GP support)
Susan was able to help me rationalize often complicated thoughts /emotions and help me reach a better understanding of the 'mechanics' of the disorder. Thanks to her, I now find it easier to stay in a healthier, more stable place.
Jerry (December 2019)
If you had told me at the start of our first session what a positive impact you would have had on me, I wouldn't have believed you! However, you have accompanied me on a journey that was much more complex, challenging and rewarding than I was expecting. Crucially, I find myself in a better place psychologically, emotionally and physically than I ever expected to be, and this is due to the way you have guided me, with unfailing wisdom, empathy, good humour and good will.
Having been very daunted about seeking counselling, I count myself very fortunate to have found you and benefitted from your skill and experience. I sincerely hope that others will have a similar opportunity and would therefore be very happy for you to use this as a testimonial to encourage anyone who is unsure about whether counselling will be of benefit to them.
With very best wishes and many thanks.
David - (June 2019)
I saw Susan for weekly sessions for the best part of a year, and I can honestly say it changed my life. It’s quite amazing to look back to where I was a year ago and think about how far I have come emotionally. Susan has helped me with confidence and self- esteem issues, as well as supporting me through trauma, and was my guide during a very difficult time. She helped me see the world through a different lens, and has given me so many tools, that I continue to practice every day. I cannot recommend Susan highly enough! She helped me to be excited about life when I didn’t think it was possible, and for that I will be forever grateful.
Molly - (April 2019)
My life before I met Susan was a front, suppressed emotions, painted smile, all pushed so deep in my mind I was not allowed to feel or express them.
I was drinking myself into an early grave, with shame and embarrassment in the fore front of my mind. I began to isolate myself from friends and family which lead to me shut in my room so one could see the effects of addiction and depression.
But with the help of my mum who supported me through everything I decided I was worth spending my benefits on help rather than drink. Through our weekly meetings where Susan allowed me to be myself without judgement, I was able to get an understanding of the reason why this was happening, and with her support and knowledge I have been referred to Rehab. This would not have happened without her, so I only have to say she was my guidance through this difficult time and without her help I would still be in that dark room.
Trust me when I say if you need help to change then please seek help. You are worth it!!!
You could be where I am today...getting the help I so need.
Thankyou from the bottom of my heart Susan. You are one in a million.
Lisa M - (April 2019)
Susan was a brilliant counsellor. She really spent the time getting to know me for who I am and worked with various techniques to help me work through the issues I was dealing with at the time. I can definitely say although it was not an easy journey I came out the other side a healthier and happy human being and more aware of the inner work I needed to do..
(Male - December 2018) (anonymous)
From the very first session with Susan she made me feel so comfortable and at ease, above all else I felt Susan had genuine concern for me and wanted to create a genuine connection. Working with Susan has provided me with much needed clarity and guidance. It is not an exaggeration to say that Susan has provided me with fundamental tools that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Lauren - (May 2018)
It was not easy when I first started counselling, but I soon felt at ease with Susan. She gave me the impression she really cared about my recovery and wanted to help. It was one thing she said that stuck in my mind and I will never forget it. I have now been sober for many years am working full time and have a life. Reg W.
Susan gave me the chance to explore what I needed. She offered a safe space to do this and I will always be grateful for that. Celia H.
Susan was there for me when I needed an ear, someone to listen to everything I had gone through and to not judge me. She stood by me and was there every step of the way. I did not want to rush and never felt rushed we went at my pace. My life is different now and I am so glad I had the opportunity to have counselling. Sharon B.
I felt as though I could talk to Susan about anything. She has such a gentle nature and I always felt supported. She is quietly spoken but a strong woman and you can feel that when you are around her. She has a presence a gentle calm presence with a quiet strength. We worked together for a few years and I always found her knowledgeable and kind. Claire B.
I always felt safe and held in the counselling space. She listened with her eyes and this was felt. I felt she understood everything I had gone through and could identify with my situation. She did not say this, but I felt it. I went through a difficult time during counselling because what I talked about was painful and hard, but I always felt safe and never felt judged. Susan is kind, warm and open. She is the best counsellor I ever had. M B.
Susan is one of the hardest working, dedicated and passionate women I have ever met. She cares deeply for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized in society. She is a skilled and experienced counsellor and manager. Susan has an in depth understanding of women and women’s issues. She pours love, care and skill into all she does and all she offers.
Gill Nowland MBE (One25 CEO from 2010 - 2016)