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TM

Posted 26/3/2021

Since going through therapy sessions with you, the things we spoke about are now (as you would say) filed under resolved. My life is most certainly going in a good direction. All is left for me to say now is simply, thank you. I can now look forward to my future with confidence rather than nervousness. 

BC

Posted 26/3/2021

From the day we met you provided me with support and helped me find insight into my feelings, thoughts, behaviour, my life. Not many people come into a life and have such a profound effect and I'm not sure whether it was just good luck that I chose to contact you or whether fate had some part to play but no matter as I got above and beyond what I anticipated. Thank you. 

KO

Posted 26/3/2021

I didn't imagine that within such a short space of time as 6 weeks that I would feel so much better. I feel as though I've opened a door and although my therapy has ended for now I like to think that I will return sometime next year to tackle some more demons. For now I can function 'normally' again. 

Thank you

PB

Posted 26/3/2021

I travelled a long way to see you for our sessions and I don't regret one mile of it. You 'got me' from day one and even when you didn't, you told me and didn't just nod your head like so many people do.

I've gone from strength to strength as a result of my therapy and I can not find words adequate enough to thank you. 

I was so sad to say goodbye!

A

Posted 26/3/2021

I wanted to write this feedback to encourage anyone who is having doubts about making the first contact with Thom to take that first initial step.....I know I read the feedback page in great length before contacting him as I was not really sure ‘what went on’ in therapy...

I never thought I “qualified” for therapy as I would not say I had one big issue, just lots of small things & events such as relationship breakdowns & childhood issues that had mounted up over the years into what I can only describe as an impossible knotted almost football sized lump inside me that I was incapable of breaking down. I just had to carry it around and this imaginary growth was getting bigger and bigger and weighing me down. It stopped my mind from thinking in a rational manner and everyday life was just becoming more and more difficult. I was worried my composure mask was going to slip at work or in my social circle and that everyone would then know I had mental health issues and I would be labelled as the ‘unstable one’ (that’s how I felt inside).

21 months ago I knocked on Thom’s door after the suicide of a friend which was for me the final straw that led me to seek professional help – for years I had battled on and off with a rollercoaster like depression - some ups, but more downs, trying to hide and control it with medication and self help books but this was the tipping point for me. Something that I felt was about to tip me over the edge and that I could not deal with alone and by myself. 

I always thought therapy was for people with ‘real’ deep rooted issues such as abuse and I almost felt I should not be ‘wasting’ Thom’s time with what I thought must appear as trivial issues to a trained professional. How wrong I was! Although I felt very vulnerable and exposed to begin with I felt at instant ease with Thom. He has a very natural way about him and for me the most important factor was that he does not have a white coat persona, he is just himself. 

A very down to earth, gentle, kind and deeply caring individual who has an immense passion about his job combined with being the ultimate professional.

He was to begin with a total stranger who I had to learn to trust before I began to pour my heart and soul out to. Some of the stuff that came from inside me surprised me to the core, I had no idea that I had so much stored up inside me and Thom helped me to keep on challenging myself in my own time and at my own speed to keep pouring out all that I had felt was trapped deep inside.

Some weeks we would have a very intense and emotional session and I would leave with tear stained eyes feeling emotionally and mentally drained. Other weeks he would just know that I was fragile and not in the right state of mind to look any deeper and just deal with what was on the surface.

Not all the sessions are deep and dark, many weeks we would share a good giggle and he does have a wicked sense of humour!

He never made judgement, he just listened supported and encouraged me. Those first few months were hard, but something deep within motivated me to return, week after week. I wanted to find out about myself, what had made me as I was, and to look at where I might be going wrong and how I could make things better.

We talked about every aspect of my life and he listened carefully, asking pertinent questions that usually gave me the answers I needed in my own replies.

He has helped me to rationalise thought processes, to step outside of the thinking box and he has introduced me to boundaries, which I have been able to understand and implement in my life and this has made profound changes.

Almost 2 years on I am a much more confident and self assured person who has regained my sparkle and lust for life. Many friends have commented on the amazing change.

Thom...my heartfelt thanks for everything you have helped me achieve, your belief in me, your encouragement and your dedication to help me succeed. This week we have started to talk about endings. In one way it is going to feel a great loss of a strong built bond but on the flip side it makes me feel proud that I am now armed with the knowledge to be able to cope with life’s up’s and down’s on my own.

We have use many analogies in our sessions and all I can say is l have felt like a butterfly with a badly broken wing after trying to force myself back into my cocoon. You have helped me out of this deep dark space, to mend my wing and take flight again! Soaring higher than ever before!

MP

Posted 26/3/2021

I've come to the end of my counselling and I can't tell you how much I have benefited from my sessions. I expected a magic wand which of course it isn't, but I have learnt a lot about myself and with that learnt better ways of dealing with my problems. 

I felt so lonely when I came to see you. I thought I was the only person in the world feeling like this and with my problem. You made it easy for me to talk to you and you didn't judge me. 

Thank you so much. 

TJ

Posted 26/3/2021

It's hard to believe that I've come as far as this. Only a few months ago I imagined my life was over and I came to you the most desperate I've ever been in my life. You didn't judge me or make me false promises or sit nodding your head in a patronising way. I could sense that you were genuine right at the outset and we have both worked hard. Thank you for your time and experience and most of all for being just you. 

LK

Posted 26/3/2021

Thom manages to balance professionalism with a genuinely caring attitude, He puts you at ease as soon as meeting you. I was TERRIFIED walking up to the door and as soon as we met I felt immediately reassured and comfortable in his company. I suffered childhood abuse for many years and I thought it may be difficult talking to a man about it but Thom had been highly recommended so I went along and took a chance. I'm so glad that I did. He has skills beyond pieces of paper to prove it (although he obviously has them as well!) and things came out of my counselling that I never thought would or could. There isn't enough space here to reflect what an impact this has had on my life but I would like to say thank you again - I will never forget you.

PP

Posted 26/3/2021

It's been some time since I came to you for counselling but I wanted to take the time to reflect on the whole process before putting something on your feedback page. 

My 'journey' took about a year in all and in all honesty it came with its ups AND downs. I don't think I 'got' it at first and expected to come to a few sessions and you wave a magic wand for me and off I would go. It took hard work and commitment to get through it. It also took courage in the sense that I have learned to be more honest with myself (if not necessarily with others) and had to face things about myself that I didn't particularly like. 

You helped me with genuine caring and with real (sometimes gentle sometimes less so!) challenge but we always managed to work through these things and this is down to your skill, honesty and sensitivity. 

Thank you doesn't seem enough to convey what I feel right now. But alas this is all a feedback page will allow so thank you from the bottom of my heart!

LL

Posted 26/3/2021

Thankyou! I had a serious dilemma and didn't know which way to turn. Advice from friends and family was fast and furious but didn't help however well intentioned. I needed someone impartial who could help me find my own answers of which I did so thank you Thom.