JB, Derby

I had twelve sessions with Patti when I realised that my past trauma was holding me back in my life, not only in my own self confidence but it was also damaging my relationships. It took me a long time to pluck up the courage to start therapy, but I’m so glad I did. 

I spoke to a few therapists but decided to work with Patti because she was really kind and understanding, and made me feel comfortable enough to open up to her. I was surprised, as much of what I spoke to her about I had never told anyone, but the help she has given me has really changed my life. I had an abusive father when I was growing up, and this had been seriously affecting my life, it was making me really hard on my own abilities and self worth, and it meant that I was struggling with my partner to open up to him and be authentic about how I was feeling and about my past. Patti helped me understand that the abuse was not my fault, and that I could decide for myself how to move on from it and to open up to my partner about my experiences, and he would understand.

I’m from a mixed race, British/Caribbean background and Patti was very helpful in offering suggestions about how I could explore that more, and was very understanding in how I was feeling about issues around racism and authenticity. 

I am so grateful for Patti and our work together. Patti has allowed me to recognise my own value for the first time, and to realise that I can move forward and away from what was holding me back. My relationship is so much better thanks to her guidance and she has truly made my life so much better. I’d recommend her in a heartbeat. 

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