Online, I felt hopeless and desperate so I’ve posted about my struggles and the fact that I am looking for help on this platform which name I don’t remember. I got a very lovely message from you and even though it was scary I decided to give it a try.
Hopeless and Desperate, I didn’t have the best experience with psychologists before and I felt scared to be disappointed again.
I really felt no judgment and to this day I consider Your Elementz my safe place. I love how there’s no lying to you and you’ve always knew that there was something bothering me even if I said otherwise. I always felt welcomed and important.
I really struggle with talking about how I feel and you did wonderful job making it feel like it’s ok.
You’re very friendly and welcoming, You’re very good at what you do, There’s no judgment.I love the space you’ve created for your clients.
On the counselling directory website!
I was nervous as I knew I had to open up about why I wanted help but I was put at ease immediately by Sam. She made me feel safe and supported by the language she used and the sound of her voice.
I have become more empowered and aware of how my triggers to my anxiety and understand more about how my past traumas impact on me on a daily basis and discussed how I can manage them. Sam has given me weekly support and I feel I wouldn’t be in this positive place without her support!
There was an incident were safeguarding was discussed and this impacted on my anxiety.
I had searched for counseling options that were local to Leicester.
I felt terrified, I had no prior experience with counseling or knew anyone who had any experience. I had no idea what it was going to be like or what was going to happen.
The most significant benefit was the increasing of my confidence. It has allowed me to be more vocal and open with friends and family.
As of yet, there hasn’t been anything that I have disliked. I at first struggled to open up as it wasn’t something I was used to doing.
I would recommend that it allows a safe space with no judgement of your feelings. It also allows you to develop various coping mechanisms for situations you find difficult.
Frustrated with myself and life in general. I knew I needed some kind of professional help but I couldn’t articulate my feelings which made me hesitant about reaching out.
I understand my feelings more from being able to talk about the issues causing them, which has lessened the frustration I’d been feeling with myself.
Opening up in general has always been a struggle for me, but that has been getting easier.
That I feel understood, especially where the aspergers in concerned, as it’s been an issue that professionals in the past have been dismissive of.
A BIT LOST, WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE
SELF AWARENESS AND A BELIEF THAT I CAN CHANGE HOW I VIEW MY PLACE IN THE WORLD
YOU HAVE BEEN CAREFUL TO ADJUST THE PACE IF PROGRESS TO NOT PUSH. VERY PROFESSIONAL
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP SO FAR. ITS BEEN GENUINELY SURPrISING AND INSIGHTFUL
Do you mean the sessions? I really enjoyed the interaction rather than someone just nodding and saying how did that make you feel
I was anxious that I was going to be ill again so wanted to nip the feelings in the bud which I did with your help
I felt Sam talked things through with me and gave me strategy’s to cope.I loved the eno grams and the stones
100% it really saved me from spiralling down and was the best therapy session I have had to date and wouldn’t hesitate to come back if I felt I needed to . I have recommended two friends already
I decided to contact you as your picture made me feel that you may be a person I could possibly trust (which I don’t do easily),.
Contacting you was a bit nerve wracking but you were very friendly and put me at my ease quite quickly.
I found our sessions helpful and insightful and they enabled me to put a big stumbling block to my confidence away for good. I no longer get the little voice in my head saying “your a failure, your no good, your a disappointment. your not good enough”. You enabled me to see that this was not me but someone else telling me these things and that I didn’t need to believe them, that I was in charge. This has made a huge difference to me as now I wear what I want, say what I feel (tactfully of course) and put myself first more often rather than last.
I did struggle with trusting you to start with but this was an issue that stemmed from the past and you soon showed me that I could trust you and tell you what I was thinking and feeling without fear of being judged “not good enough”.
Would I recommend your services to others? Yes without a doubt. You are friendly, honest and enabled me to explore not only my own thoughts but also the feelings that went with them.
I find it really helpful that I can bring ‘all of me’ into the supervision sessions. I’m aware that the sessions are not personably therapy but I feel that by being able to share, reflect on and talk through my personal experiences that it helps with my work. That’s what makes it useful because the client is getting all of me in their sessions. I feel Sam allows all of me to be heard in supervision sessions.
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I value time to be able to understand my perspective on client work. Someone who understands my way of working and someone able to challenge me intellectually.
Well rounded, looking at all aspects of my role as a manager and a counsellor. Allowing me to distinguish the roles i have and challenging me. Making me feel held in our relationship. Nothing is ever off the table.
The ability to question my own approach to counselling. To empower my beliefs and help me distinguish my roles in and out of the counselling room
So far nothing, i feel that my supervisor understands my needs and helps me to understand my clients.
Information on the web page providing a little bit of background information on Sam. Availability, fees. Some relevant personal information, experience, CPD and professional qualifications etc., enough to reassure me of alignment to my own values and beliefs and be comfortable with, as well as some important differences to enhance my experience and personal growth.
Patient, relaxed, supportive, responsive, attuned, synchronised, good humoured, helpful, empathetic, caring and compassionate. I feel gently held and contained.
More detailed knowledge of psychological concepts and dynamics and insight from multiple perspectives.
Difficult to say. As I would possibly have asked for it and I am sure it would have been delivered. Possibly a bit more gentle challenging, about my counter-transference in sessions, but I am a bit ambivalent about that..
The only thing I can think of it be a complete transcript..