JF, Ashover

My first contact with Patti was through a phone call. I had looked on the internet for a Counsellor in Derbyshire and I knew that when I saw her photograph and information, she stood out from all the rest. It took a lot of courage for me to make that initial call. I felt nervous about arranging an appointment but as soon as I spoke to Patti I felt at ease and comfortable.

I had always been, I thought, a strong person who looked on the bright side of things and who would do anything for anyone, without expecting things in return. I listened to everyone else’s problems but nobody listened to mine.

So when I had my son and a few years later my daughter, I put all my effort into making them happy and protecting them. I forgot about the most important person, myself.

I had gone from a woman who had confidence, drive, creativity and ambitions to a person whom I didn’t know, who had no energy or lust for life, as I was giving it all to my children.

This had been going on for years but as soon as I had contacted Patti, this was the first step on the ladder to finding myself.

Patti has helped me feel so at ease, the atmosphere at our sessions has been so comfortable and relaxed and there was always a coffee waiting for me.

We talked through my issues and she always knew if i was upset, tense or happy, even though I didn’t think that that I was showing any emotions.

Patti also identified underlying things like my need to do certain repetitive tasks to make me feel in control.

I did cry a lot, but I needed too, I had to let things go, that I had been keeping inside for years. She hit the nail on the head and always understood me.

I now feel better than I have ever felt. I have regained my confidence, creativity but most of all, I have found the real me and it has made me a better mum as well!

I am doing things that I would never have done before and I now have people around me who love me and support me. I also know that it’s important for me to make time for myself.

Thanks Patti, I will always be grateful for the day that I looked on the internet and found you. I didn’t think that I could ever feel so alive! Thank you.