I was sent by work to have therapy for 6 weeks due to stress in my job. I went never believing it would help. I was amazed at how much i learned about myself and my way of coping. Those 6 weeks changed my life. I am very grateful my work team leader for setting it all up for me and giving me time off work to go.
We were in crisis and we needed help. Eventually Joe agreed to go to counseling. It was great to have a place to talk out how we felt with someone with us. i think we listened better to another. She never took sides and that made it good. Joe has had a lot of medical problems so Joanne our therapist is also a nurse so that was very supportive. Joe felt he had someone who knew what he had been through and i learned how to help him cope. we never thought we would end up in counseling but now we are glad we did.
Marge & Joe
Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. - Rossiter Worthington Raymond
She was compassionate, insightful, patient and above all, genuine. I would like to thank Joannes for her support during a difficult time in my life
Suicide is a terrible thing to hit any family. my family got hit last year. I could not cope. i could not go out side the door. To make a horrid story short, i met up with Joannes. It was great to talk. I still go to her. i still suffer but i am ok. It will always be tough but i know it is not my fault. For anyone out there like me, go to someone you can talk to in private. It helps alot.
“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.” -― Maya Angelou
"A fellow traveller to help you on your Journey"
“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”
I have suffered from anxiety depression since my late teens and attending therapy with you I have learned a lot of techniques to deal with anxiety and low moods... therapy for me gave me confidence to look back at my past with a smile and realise that I am good enough to face whatever is ahead in the future... therapy helped me believe in myself and let go of the heaviness.
Why go to counselling? For me the counselling helped me in a number of ways. It helped me to deal with the loss of my husband.. It helped me to become strong again. It gave me my confidence back. It taught me not to be anxious anymore. My counselor made me feel at ease and I felt I could open up and talk about anything that was troubling me. My only regret was that I didn't go to counselling when my husband died 4 years ago. If I knew then what I know now and how much I have changed as a person I would have done it ages ago.
In a nutshell, the criticizing loud voice inside my head was silenced. It was tough going at many times but I kept going. I lost count how many sessions I took, maybe 30 but it was the best investment I ever made. Thank you.
I was struggling with my first year of college. Being away from home and living independently was not all I had hoped it to be. Going to see Joannes was difficult at the start but she created the space where I could relax and talk. I learned alot about myself and how to cope when life feels like It is too much. I am now in 2nd year and in a much happier place in myself and feel more confident.
My experience with counselling is one I will carry my whole life. I never thought it would help me the way it did. After the first few sessions I didn't feel any better. But I had a lot of repressed memories that I did not know about.
After the second session, I started having dreams. Eventually things from my past came to me. So in a state I urgently set up an extra session to meet my therapist. I got great relief and support from her to cope. I had gone to counselling for what my doctor and I thought were the baby blues but that was not the case. If I hadn't seen my therapist, I would still be stuck under that horrible black cloud.
She really helped me open my mind and feelings to myself and others, in particular my family. I have turned my life around and I cannot thank her enough. Before I went, I never thought counselling would work . It has been 2 years since I have been and I still smile thinking back because I know had I not made the decision to go my life could have went backwards.
I am a homosexual Irish man in my late 40's. I would never have said this without therapy with Joannes.