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Counselling Client Feedback
“It’s really changed my life for the better, I can’t believe how much progress I made with Anne in such a short time!”
“Anne Lindley-French is a warm thoughtful and kind person who doesn’t judge but understands and can empathise with you, giving her the power to help you help yourself. She taught me that you can change your mindset and your emotions and learn to trust in yourself. I can not speak highly enough of this special women and I hope that if anyone needs help that they contact her and see for themselves that some people are born to help and she is one of them.”
“The things you have helped me to come to terms with are too many to mention. You have helped my life back on track after losing all those years.”
“Thank you! Wasn’t sure what to expect. I never thought I would ever see a ‘counsellor’! Burying my head in the sand had always worked. Yet it hadn’t. I just didn’t realise. How could talking to a stranger help? I didn’t need to talk about it etc etc. I can still remember the amazing feeling I had at the end of my final session, I was so happy! Excited about being able to move forwards. With a smile. A big smile! Before my first session the thought of the session actually seemed to add to my anxiety! Why am I going I wondered?! But, wow did it work! I was able to talk (and be listened to) about things I should have discussed 20 maybe 30 years ago. I was amazed at how Anne remembered what we discussed in week 1 while I was just rambling on! My life was like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, all scattered across the floor. Anne was able to help me to complete the jigsaw…not sure I’ve put all the pieces in yet but I’m getting there! Not even sure they all need to go in! I really feel the sessions have changed me; my outlook, my health, my future, my happiness. THANK YOU!”
“I set out hoping that my counselling sessions would help me cope better with difficult life circumstances. Anne is a compassionate listener. She knew how to support me in untangling my thoughts and feelings and helped me unravel what really is important. I emerged from my course of counselling refreshed and with increased confidence in myself and in my decision making.””I was at a point of crisis, dealing with a lot of issues that had eventually ground me down and forced me to a place of self harm, anger and upset. After my 6 sessions with Anne I feel much better equipped to deal with my life. I feel positive about my future and now that my past has been put into my mind in a way that I can accept and leave behind me, where it belongs. I would recommend this to anyone. I really thought I was destined to live an extremely unhappy life, and I was extremely sceptical about how effective this could be in just six visits, but life changing would not be an exaggeration, not at all.”
“Having tried counselling twice before and desperately wanting to address my issues with low self esteem I contacted Anne in January 2016. On meeting Anne I knew straight away I could communicate with her and felt comfortable sharing feelings no one else ever knew I had. Anne is very easy to talk to and puts you at ease. Counselling has made a huge difference to my everyday life. I now have the confidence to make the right decisions for me and have found the strength to say no to things that are not right for me. On my last session I left with a feeling of calm and self acceptance I have not felt for a long time (in the first few weeks I did not think this would be possible). If I ever needed to return to counselling I would contact Anne, her straight forward approach worked for me and I am very grateful.”
“I really appreciated Anne’s perceptiveness and clear headed thinking to help unravel a very distressed but stoic head. She made me laugh too, which I think is important in a situation which can sometimes be quite challenging. Cups of tea thrown in for good measure too. Will and have recommended Anne to other people who have asked about my experience.”
“Great support and reflection during a health crisis. Anne is an excellent insightful and sensitive counsellor.”
“I appreciated the fact that Anne made a lot of effort to make me feel comfortable and that I could relate to her. I’m a cynic and It was important for me that I had a friendly bond rather than felt like it was a professional appointment, where I would be scrutinised and analysed. I gained a lot more from our sessions because we could laugh and hash out any difference in opinions. It was proactive. It wasn’t me sitting and talking aimlessly. I initially started counselling to help my anxiety, I thought we would address breathing techniques etc so I was surprised when we would sit and chat. I didn’t understand how talking about issues that I’d already spent many hours moaning about would help me cope in the future. But it was how me and Anne discussed the issues that made the difference, it was more proactive, it helped me prepare for future events. This meant I slowly built up a confidence in myself and that has proved extremely valuable. I’m very grateful to her and the change has been better than I dared hope for. I feel stronger, a better person, kinder to myself and more relaxed. I feel able to take less on, and physically I have benefitted. I laugh more, I care less about what others try to bring me down with, and my stomach is infinitely better. There was a point where after years of chronic stomach dysfunction, I felt I couldn’t continue to live in such pain. but now I feel like Anne has set me up for a more successful future, being the person I feel I deserve to be. Thank you!”
” Until I came to you my life was a big black hole. I never in a million years thought, at the time, that I would come out of it… My life is back on track.”
“I was seeing Anne for several months to help me overcome some issues in my personal life and have found it to be of serious benefit to myself. I have now noticed this as have the people closest to me in my life, and I’m thankful for the time and help invested as I believe it has helped make me a better person.”
“Anne has really helped me tackle a lot of issues and come through with a lot more confidence. Really appreciate all the hard work put in from her.”
“No one can manage everything that is “thrown” at them in life and it is not a sign of weakness or failure to honestly face what is “taking over”. It is less painful in the long run. Sometimes the fear and worry of change is not as bad as the reality – step out and trust that it will work out for the best and having a counsellor to “walk along side ” for a while can help you see through the tangled, confused thoughts that blinker your feelings, thoughts and subsequent actions. Whilst we all have responsibility at the end of the day for our own thoughts, feelings, words and actions, it is always helpful to stop sometimes and decide if you really want to keep carrying the challenges and burdens or whether it is time to stop, let go, change direction or accept that there is so much out there that we cannot change. We can at least try and adapt to what we are faced with.”
“Although it’s quite difficult to admit, when I look back, I was pretty much in complete breakdown at the time. It seemed like a big step to take at the time but Anne definitely got me through a period of personal crisis and helped me get some perspective on life – something I don’t think I could have done on my own.”
“I am feeling really positive. The counselling I received helped me to isolate and tackle specific issues which has made a real difference for me and will hopefully provide me with the skills to ensure no repeat episodes in the future.”
“We meet many people on our life’s journey, all of them lend something to our lives, some change us for the good, others make us question who and what we are. Then there are people like you who change how we see ourselves more than we ever thought possible… I am enjoying my life with the people I love and care for the most.”
Client Feedback and Case Studies from the 2 Day Program
Case studies are compiled 3 months after a client has completed an individual or couple Garden Gate Program so that space can be taken to reflect on the work and its effects. They are updated after a year to explore how clients felt as time passed. They contain:
- How clients felt before the program and why they chose to do it
- A synopsis of their life over the decades
- How they felt after the program
- What they found most and least useful in the program
- Anne Lindley-French’s interpretation of their experience
Names are changed to protect client’s identities but no words or circumstances are changed. Clients participate in compiling their case study, have final approval over its content and have given their consent to it being shared.
- Case Study – 2 Day Individual Program: Ann, 41, female, Writer
- Case Study – 2 Day Individual Program: Emily, 25, female, PhD student
- Case Study – 2 Day Individual Program: Andrew, 31, male, Marketing Manager
- Case Study – 2 Day Individual Program: James, 64, male, Semi-Retired Transport Manager
- Case Study – 2 Day Individual Program: Maria, 36, female, Scientist
Client Feedback from the 2 Day Group Program
“I would give this a maximum mark of ten as this weekend had a very meaningful impact on me. It gave me insight into my current feelings of lethargy but most importantly it gave me the space to re-evaluate the relationship I have with my mother. I found the visual imagery and metaphors really help to clarify and review my past life events and recognise the difficult road I had previously been on.
It also helped to affirm my self confidence as I was reminded of my inner strengths. The most powerful aspect was the one to one which I found hugely enlightening and can say with confidence it was one of the most impactful experiences I’ve had and that includes counselling sessions!” 47 year old teacher who had experienced episodes of work related stress.
“The chapters section I found wonderfully liberating. Looking back to identify chapters helped me be amazingly optimistic about the future and start to plan a couple of chapters ahead (and a new sub-chapter is developing in the week or so since completing the weekend). The revisiting of each chapter at the end of the day was very important – it underlined that it is not a static snapshot exercise but is designed to be carried forward with us.” Anon, female, 55.
“I have struggled with depression & anxiety since my early teens and I have never been one to just take some medicine and call it a day. I have to know why I am the way I am? What happened to make me behave in certain ways? I’ve always had questions so I thought it was time to do something just for me to help me live my life as authentically as possible.
The GG program has definitely helped me understand myself more & has opened my eyes to my past and the impact it has on my behaviour & relationships in the present. I can’t recommend this program enough, I’m actually excited to see what the future holds going forward knowing I have the right tools to deal with any difficult situations that may arise & how to maintain my own energy while doing so!” Kayleigh, 27, Makeup Artist.