Client testimonials

 Changes 12 November 2017 One client’s reflections after Skills Sessions and individual therapy sessions.

 The Skills Sessions in January 2017 has formulated a new me.

 Firstly, I no longer feel ashamed/stigmatised or feel the abuse was my fault.  I tell myself daily that “I love you exactly as you are” in front of the mirror and I feel there is now acceptance.

 I no longer feel the need to dye my hair and always wear make-up.  The most I now use is a lipstick as the need to hide beyond a facade has gone – I can now be myself.

I no longer have weekly shopping trips to town or buying on the internet; it has been months since I bought any new clothes/shoes.

Gone is the need to change and wash my clothes even if only worn for a few hours.

My home is no longer spotless, previously thoroughly cleaned before arrival of visitors.

I am now calm and find that I am slow to anger.

I no longer take on board other peoples’ slights;  if they have an issue with me then it is their problem and they have to deal with it.

I now enjoy cooking and baking.  I find it gratifying and my husband cheekily says there is no need now to go to a restaurant.

 I know that my happiness or success doesn’t depend on any person, place or thing.

 I see in myself all the qualities I need to be happy and fulfilled in all that I undertake as God is with me and His Spirit in me in my inspiration and capability.

 Client after Skills and individual therapy sessions. June/July 2017 

  •  ”It’s given me fresh and deeper insights into myself and my ways, whilst realising I’m not alone! In terms of nervousness I’d say it’s okay to share/engage deeply or lightly; the magic happens anyway!  YOU ARE NOT ALONE xxx
  • “You’ll wonder why yo didn’t give this time to yourself before”.
  • “A time of self discovery.  Giving voice to much of what’s been silenced.  A safe and freeing environment of care.”

Earlier comments from clients:

“So useful to hear things in a group – not so isolated”. April 2017 

“I’m learning to be less domineering”. April 2017

“Really useful shared experience”. April 2017

“Exceptionally useful to look at what I want from therapy”. April 2017

“Able to see the relationship between abandonment and current risk behaviours.  It’s because I felt worthless”. April 2017

“I feel more knowledgeable and not the only one.  Looking forward to next session”.  April 2017

“I finally feel like a person again.   You’ve helped me realise that I’m not defined by my mental health and that I am a person of value.  You’ve given my daughter a healthy father and my wife, a healthy and loving husband.  Thank you for your understanding, your time and your advice.”  February 2017. 

“more comfortable in myself – in my own skin.” January 2017.

“More (much) spontaneous with intimacy with partner, though he’s not quite sure what to do with that!” January 2017.

“Much easier to talk to my partner about emotional things.” January 2017.

“Can easily wear feminine clothes now when I want to.” January 2017.

“only 1 nightmare in last 6 weeks, so significantly reduced.  No more night terrors at all.” January 2017.

“no anti-anxiety meds before work meetings for 6 weeks.” January 2017.

“Angry outbursts have virtually stopped.” January 2017.

“New coping mechanisms.  Understanding why I feel and do what I do.” answer to question about achievements noted in original assessment session which was ‘being able to function as a person, not fearful’. 2015

“SALT is the only therapy which has made a difference”    “I can now view myself as a woman instead of a girl, I don’t have to carry the burden of abuse anymore – not a victim, a survivor”.  2013

“This was the first time I felt understood by anyone, not judged or made to feel bad.  Supported me in being able to look at myself.  Given me tools to help myself”. 2013

“I really needed SALT to get at the demons I’ve had most of my life from a little girl;  to enable me to move on and have a happy and fulfilling life”.  February 2013

“There may be a couple of people contacting you soon.  I told them how you helped me and it would be so good if you could heal their pain too”.  March 2012.

“I feel like a different person to what I was seven weeks ago.  I’m being kinder to myself and see hope instead of hopelessness”. July 2012.

 ”I could not have imagined the positive impact these sessions have had on both me and my family.  I am incredibly lucky to be able to assimilate the right information, at the right time so quickly and thank you for being the ones to provide it.  It has been a life-changing experience”.  March 2012

“I can’t say thank you enough for the help you gave me to recover my life after 50 years.  March 2012.   Given me a positive insight and understanding of how I got to where I am and just beginning to understand what I need to do”.  Thank you, without you I honestly believe I would not be here now”.  July 2011 (after initial 7 sessions)

From question How have we made you feel safe? 

“Wouldn’t have kept myself alive and fighting for a future”.  March 2012