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Counselling support through challenging times can be a life-line.

Oulton-Lee Counselling offers professional counselling services in a confidential setting to those seeking help with emotional or personal difficulties.

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Testimonials

These testimonials have been given by permission from people who have attended Oulton-Lee Counselling. Their names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.
 


 left quotes Following the break-up of my marriage, Sue helped me pick through and accept the many changes that this brought for me and my daughter.

Having a safe non-judgmental space to talk was a true lifeline. After a hard emotional week having a counselling session - no matter how tough the session - always left me feeling better. Sue genuinely understood the emotions and fears that I was going through.

Now 18 months on I have just had my last session with Sue and am a much stronger and happier person for it. I will be forever in Sue's debt for helping me though this difficult time in my life. My one regret is I didn't go to her sooner.


Andrew N.
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 left quotes Some years after the loss of a child, I decided I needed some counselling again to deal with the trauma I was still sometimes experiencing. As I had previously seen Sue, I wanted and hoped to see her again for my counselling sessions following the compassion and understanding I received the first time around.

In my sessions with Sue, I felt nothing but heard, listened to, and understood. Nothing I said sounded too silly and all my comments were received with care and thoughtfulness.

My sessions with Sue have changed me as a person, I feel more whole and confident. My anxiety now feels more manageable and rational, and I no longer have constant niggling thoughts. I was able to talk through my trauma with Sue and felt at peace with the loss of our son.

I know Sue's door is always open should I ever need to contact her and arrange some more sessions. My counselling sessions with Sue were invaluable and I am very grateful.

Melissa E.
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 left quotes During our 35 years of marriage we had never received professional counselling into our relationship. But we had become stuck in our relationship in recent months and were not able to resolve issues or move forward by ourselves. It was clear we needed someone to help us and discovered Sue through a Google search for Christian marriage counsellor.

Sue's approach was gentle and tender with us in the midst of our hurt, anguish and pain. This created a safe place for us where we could sensitively explore the nature of past negative life experiences, which were having a damaging effect on our relationship. Sue gave us permission to explore our negative feelings with honesty and without condemnation. Our honest sharing with one another in Sue's presence and with her insightful comments enabled us to understand the other's experiences and feelings.

Sue gave helpful tools enabling us to dismantle negative cycles of behaviour and in turn helped us build positive responses toward each other. In the affirmative atmosphere that Sue created, understanding of one another developed and this then caused hope and trust to be built. It feels like our relationship has been recalibrated and we have been given helpful practical tools to grow together in a much more positive manner.


John and Naomi S.
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 left quotes I had been putting off going for counselling for a few years whilst yo-yoing with anxiety and depression. I knew that unless I dealt with what was causing it I would never be able to be free from it and flourish. I wasn't really living, I was just existing and dragging myself through each day.

I met Sue and knew that she would be able to help me. Her manner is so full of grace and patience and she is the most non-judgemental person I have ever met! I had total permission to be myself and to speak without censure.

Sue helped me to tune into myself and see what was there. She gently asked perceptive questions and helped me to see patterns of thinking and behaviour that were not helping me. I was able to find more stability in my thinking and not succumb to anxious thoughts and doubts about myself so easily. I now feel happier, more positive and able to pursue what is important to me with courage.

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 left quotes Sue is extremely compassionate, professional and understanding. She listens well and always asked pertinent and objective questions to help me put things into perspective and to see things in a different light. I was at a very low point when I came to see Sue and my sessions with her were always the highlight of the week, where I could openly discuss my thoughts and feelings without judgement.

As the sessions progressed, I could see improvements on my outlook with more positive thoughts of future plans. The environment Sue provides - both in the location and her approach - ensure a calming and relaxing atmosphere in which to truly open up, with the knowledge everything discussed is in total confidence.

Thanks to Sue I managed to break free from keeping myself hidden away and now look forward to waking up to a new day and looking to the future with optimism, confidence and positivity.

Thank you, Sue, for being there to listen, for your help and advice, the tools and encouragement to lead a happier and healthier life.

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 left quotes I came to Sue when I was feeling pretty desperate about my marriage. I couldn’t see a way forward that didn’t involve either finishing it or settling for an unhappy sham for the rest of my life.

Sue patiently and carefully helped me to unpick the tangles of my feelings and experiences. Sometimes she just asked one question, other times she picked up on a word I said or my body language which made me really examine what I had said and the reasons for it.

Over time, Sue helped me to find strategies and tools to improve communication and I started to see positive signs in my relationship with my husband. The exciting thing has been how he has responded to my efforts and I feel we now both see a future for our marriage and are willing to work at getting there.

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 left quotes Sue is a very professional, knowledgeable and caring counsellor. We had approximately ten sessions with Sue and found them to be very beneficial and ultimately they helped improve our communication.

Sue provides a relaxing and safe environment where we felt at ease, allowing us to discuss difficult and sensitive topics, which we probably wouldn’t have been able to do without her. We both felt the counselling to be positive and would highly recommend her.

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 left quotes Having a weekly time where I feel safe and un-judged has led to wonderful breakthroughs, the depth of which continue to astound me. The gratitude that I feel for what counselling has helped to achieve in my life is hard to put into words. It has been life changing and has positively benefited the lives of those close to me.

From struggling with post-natal depression and crippling anxiety for the smallest of tasks my ability to deal with and genuinely enjoy every day life has hugely increased.

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 left quotes Sue is extremely professional, compassionate and knowledgeable. She provides a safe and calming environment within which intricate and often sensitive problems are untangled and addressed with care and understanding. We felt at ease immediately and throughout our weekly sessions. We cannot recommend her services enough.

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 left quotes My counselling journey has been an absolutely incredible, amazing and life changing experience.

For a long time, I'd been living with insecurities, fears and a lack of confidence and self-worth, not knowing who to talk to. As a Christian, I really wanted to find someone that understood my faith, who I could trust and confide in. Initially, I was sceptical, but, since the very first time I met with Sue, that soon changed. It's an amazing experience and it does work!

Throughout all sessions, Sue offered encouragement, acceptance and support which gave me the freedom to be me and to understand myself in a totally different light.

I now feel a totally different person, strengthened and empowered to face each day with a new confidence, security, freedom and excitement about life, with the strength and ability to make decisions, choices and set boundaries for myself. I totally 100% recommend Sue's counselling services to others.

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 left quotes We initially booked six sessions with Sue but we found her approach extremely helpful, and continued for much longer than that. Sue’s room was a safe haven where emotions could be shared and issues explored under her sensitive guidance.

The counselling has clarified the need to reduce external commitments and so provide more time for our marriage to “flourish”.

For one of us, the key issues were personal identity and self-confidence. For the other, insight into handicaps from the past, and challenges about relationship roles.

Sue has given us many excellent tools to improve communication and to find balance in married life.

Frank and Carol U
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 left quotes From the initial consultation I was put at ease and made to feel welcome, comfortable and that my issues were worthwhile. Each session was conducted professionally yet with a friendly relaxed atmosphere, with Sue having valuable knowledge and expertise of how to support me and how I could address my inner battles. Sue listened, gave time for thinking and talking. And a challenge each week for me to consider! She allowed me to breathe.

I have the reassurance that the door is always open, however I have left believing I have the coping strategies and ability to move forward with confidence and without the weighty burden I have carried around for too many years.

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 left quotes I had my doubts about seeking counselling. I believed there to be a stigma attached and I was unsure of what to expect. I went to see Sue and the whole thing blew my mind. It was a relaxed environment and Sue was excellent. Totally unassuming and non-judgemental.

I learnt so much about the way I think and see the world. It also taught me to respect myself. I had a very positive experience and I would recommend it to anyone. It's good to talk.

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 left quotes The counselling has improved our relationship tremendously. It's almost like magic. Of course, not all problems that we had and still have can be immediately solved, but I think we've found a way of dealing with difficult situations that come up and always will because that's part of every human relationship.

Overall, we have learnt to communicate better and compromise and we believe that things can only get better from now on.

Karl and Lorna S
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 left quotes I arrived at Sue's room rather unsure of what her counselling would entail and if it would help. I was soon put at ease by Sue's relaxed yet professional approach. As I've had time to reflect on her counselling, the aspects that impressed me were that for each session I was reminded that this was my time, I could be myself, think and feel what I liked.

Sue helped me see the underlying causes for how I felt the way I did, what I would like to see, and how I might work towards those goals. She has helped me accept what can't be changed and to believe in a quality of life which is possible. I rejoice to think of others asking for Sue's services and finding hope to go out into their journey of life.

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 left quotes I have been through several kinds of counselling and CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) to try to counter anxiety and depression. The counselling I recently went through with Sue was different. Firstly, it was healing to know that I could speak about anything freely and without disapproval or judgement. Secondly, together we found that I could put away things from the past which I often beat myself up about, and accept that we all have human failings.

It was particularly important for me that, as a Christian, I could work through my problems with my faith.

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 left quotes Sue has helped me tremendously with my life and helped me to resolve the difficult situation I was facing. Through our sessions, Sue gave me a place to rest and recover and the time to unravel the struggles I was having. Continued sessions helped me to reconstruct my thinking in a calm and positive way to overcome these difficulties.

With Sue's continued support I was able to rebuild and move forwards.

I would highly recommend Sue to help with any relationship or life situations you are finding difficult.

David N.
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 left quotes Initially I was nervous about attending counselling but I found the overall outcome excellent and I have an open door to return if I need further help. Thank you.

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 left quotes I was having some personal issues concerning my family and life style. I was unsure who to turn to when I sought the help of Sue Garner, a specialist counsellor in the issues that I was facing. She was great at listening and the sessions were very relaxed, flexible and catered to my needs, which made it reassuring and comfortable for me to speak.

I would like to thank Sue for her help and I can say since her sessions I am very happy and content with how things are going. I would highly recommend her counselling service to anyone.

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Regaining hope

Many people can find themselves in situations where their circumstances or feelings become overwhelming, which can lead to a sense of despair or hopelessness.

Through counselling it is possible to regain a fresh sense of hope despite the circumstances in which you find yourself or the experiences you have been through.

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