It can feel really strange beginning something new like a process of therapy - and working at a very personal level with someone you've never met before.
To help give you a small insight into the experience, some of my past clients have very kindly and generously been willing to share their own experiences to help you in making your own decision on whether this is right for you.
Here are the things some of them have said:
"I found it a nuturing and supportive start to a longer term process of self understanding and caring."
"Just had my last therapy session with Mark. Life's been a struggle for 22 years; self inflicted and out of my control. Tried and tried to sort my head out; kept slipping back to that dark place where I wallowed until I recovered strength to try again. I got help in Mark, a genuine caring intelligent man, and learnt that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." Gary Sadler
"It saddens me now that I had not realised how long I have been going down the wrong road, and I wonder how many wrong turns I took. I thank God for my faith and my wife: both kept me from getting totally lost. And I thank you for the map and compass to find my way again." John Naylor
"Five star. Fantastic service, very helpful." Luke Quinn
"Just a quick e-mail to say thanks for your help and support in recent months. When I was referred to counselling I felt alone, I could trust nobody, because nobody understood me or liked me. I was not in a happy place. I was a little unsure what to expect from the counselling service and had visions of sitting in an office for 45 mins wallowing in self pity and moaning away to some kind of "right on do gooder " that had no idea about life and even less chance of understanding the complexities of my life or the torment in my head.
Thankfully that wasn't a case. I found myself not just talking, but discussing life as I saw it. I heard an intelligent man encouraging me to accept the realities of life and the role I was able to play and give me the confidence to take the plunge and actually do something about things that really got me down. I also received practical advice to unexpected sources and guidance on how to improve my life in the future.
Despite my initial reservations I'm really pleased that I attended counselling. I remember things we discussed on a regular basis and snippets of conversations come back when things aren't going quite right. I feel more in control of my own life, because I really am. Nobody can ever take that away from me.