I am a 21 year old student at Arts University Bournemouth. I have suffered from anxiety most of my life but it really came to a head when I was studying for my A levels and most prominently during my degree. My anxiety isn’t related to anything specific but is heavily influenced by stress levels triggered by the volume of work. I have tried to control it over the years with natural remedies and exercise but nothing really helped that much and I realised I needed expert help when I had a massive panic attack driving back from university.
I was introduced to Karen through a family friend and I can honestly say I have never looked back. For the first time I feel can take control when the anxiety starts to take hold. I have entered into my final year positive and I feel that I have coped with things that previously I would have struggled.
Karen is a lovely, calming person. As soon as I walk into her room I feel relaxed, the techniques she uses work for me and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone that struggles with anxiety or depression. She has certainly made a huge difference to my life.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
For several years, I’d been suffering severe anxiety and self doubt. It had got to the stage where I was unable function effectively.
Karen helped me to believe in and show myself the compassion I showed to others.
The more I began to understand my mindset and the power of my subconscious, the easier it became for me to both recognise why I felt as I did and to accept myself.
With Karen’s help (including some very effective coping strategies like “tapping” & having “an anchor”) I soon realised that it was within my gift to be the confident, positive and happy person I longed to be.
For probably the first time in my adult life, I feel truly happy in my own skin. I love and accept myself while recognising that while I’m not perfect, no one is!!! Although I still have the odd ‘off’ days, I now have the coping strategies to successfully turn things around. I can’t thank Karen enough and am delighted to recommend her to you.
“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”
I wanted to write and thank you for all your help.
When we started cognitive hypnotherapy, I was feeling burnt out and exhausted after a long period of stress.
The combination of counselling, hypnotherapy and some useful self help techniques, have provided me with the “tools” to manage my anxiety and enable me to feel more confident and positive.
I found it easy to talk to you and open up and acknowledge my issues and work through them. I have been helped to “re-frame” and learn from my experiences. I am now starting to embrace life and new challenges again and leave my limiting beliefs behind.
In addition to your professionalism and knowledge, I have really appreciated your advice, encouragement and empathy.
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
I began seeing Karen as I’ve been struggling to commit to any consistent weight loss. I felt unfocussed and couldn’t channel my thoughts. Then I started to feel anxious because of the weight gain and because I couldn’t find a constructive way to manage it.
Because I’ve been able to talk everything through with Karen, I’ve found some clarity so I could focus on what I needed to do to start helping myself. I feel I’m still a work in progress but definitely moving in the right direction.
The weight gain was affecting my confidence and so we have been working on that and already people have begun to notice how much more focussed and confident I am being. And the weight is beginning to go…
Some of the techniques Karen has taught me definitely helped and I have found the downloads very helpful, together with the guidance and advice and believe Karen has really helped me.
I’m still seeing Karen about other issues such as my fear of flying but I have just booked a long haul flight!
“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
I went to Karen because I was getting extremely nervous about public speaking. This was an issue as I’m a student and have to do many presentations and speeches for my degree. It was such a problem that when I got up to speak I would nearly pass out! Karen changed this for me, which I am so grateful for, because it is a lifelong skill that I needed to master.
Karen used many techniques which helped me gain back my control and calm my nerves, before and during my speeches. This in turn massively improved my grades, which show how much these sessions with Karen pay off!
I can’t thank Karen enough for helping me overcome my fear, it has changed my life. She was so kind, easy to talk to and helpful. I will definitely be returning if any other issues creep up.
Before Karen I used to say “I can’t do presentations, now I say I CAN and I WILL”
“For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
I started to see Karen because I suffer from anxiety, depression and OCD. I had tried other types of counselling but it hadn’t really helped.
Karen is friendly, understanding and she treated me like an adult. I responded quickly and found the sessions very effective. I can use the techniques at home when I feel anxious.
I am making good progress and continuing to see Karen as it is helping me to feel better.