I looked forward to attending the workshops
“The lessons and the interaction with the group made me more aware of myself as a person and also dealing with others. The teachers are very knowledgeable, informative, patient and compassionate and that made me comfortable. I looked forward to attending the workshops.”
Having fun is a good way of learning and gaining more confidence
I think it’s important for women to have their stories heard in a space that is safe. The church venue is good. Today made me remember who I was before my stroke. It was a nice reminder of who I was before. The speakers and staff were great. There needs to be more women’s creative workshops. It should be a part of society. Having fun is a good way of learning and gaining more confidence.
I liked the homework that CBT provided as completing it made me feel like I was being proactive in my recovery
“I found my sessions with the therapist to be very helpful. It was comforting at a time when I really needed support. I was reluctant to finish but at the same time I felt that she had provided me with all the tools I needed to carry on my journey alone and knew that the rest of the work had to come from me.”
“With my therapists help, I learnt how to identify the negative voice inside of me. I began to recognise that the bad thoughts had been weighing me down were a separate part of me rather than a reflection on who I was as a person. I was able to put up a barrier to stop them from getting in and I am now aware it’s just a voice that I don’t have to listen to.”
I was able to accept that my life experience had been very different to most people’s
One of the main reasons I went to therapy was because I had been struggling a lot with the fact that I had missed so much of my education. This made me feel like I wasn’t good enough because I wasn’t able to deal with my illnesses or accomplish the same academic achievements as those around me. Through my therapy, I was able to accept that my life experience has been very different to most people’s. My abilities are different as I haven’t had the same experiences and opportunities as other people. My therapist helped me see that this didn’t mean I wasn’t able to do certain things, it just meant that they may take a different form for me. I learnt that it’s okay for me not to succeed at everything as there will be other opportunities out there. This was a huge revelation to me because before that I had a very specific life plan mapped out. It was liberating to be able to put that to one side and thrive outside of my regimented idea of what my life was going to be like.
I had a great and positive experience
I had a great and positive experience. The experience with Robin was life-changing, I was treated respectfully and the sessions were very fruitful. I received support with CVs, interview coaching and covering letters. After several months, I finally got a job and started working again after 5 years of unemployment!
I feel that I bonded well with Robin, and consider him to be a life-long friend and a mentor. I am grateful to have received great support, which helped me overcome depression and embark upon a new career as an animal/aquatic technician in major institutions.
It was very comforting at a time when I really needed support
I found my sessions with the therapist to be very helpful. It was comforting at a time when I really needed support. The therapist inspired me to find solutions to my problems by helping me deal with them in a positive way and breaking them down into smaller parts. Instead of just passively listening, she helped me to find practical ways to improve my state of mind on a daily basis. I liked the homework that CBT provided as completing it made me feel like I was being proactive in my recovery. I was reluctant to finish but at the same time I felt that she had provided me with all the tools I needed to carry on my journey alone and knew that the rest of the work had to come from me.
A massive thank you for all of your support
A massive thank you for all of your support that I have received in this stressful period of my life, it has made going back into work more manageable and helped me to prepare for it. Having someone there on the morning of my first day back at work after being off sick for many months really helped me to feel a lot better
Having someone who could listen to me was very beneficial
After having therapy with Community Living Well I feel a lot better in myself, much more settled and comfortable. Getting things off my chest and having someone who would listen to me was very beneficial as I felt like I had been living in my own head. I was aware of techniques such as writing things down and talking to people I trusted but these weren’t actions that I had ever implemented in the past.
I have nothing but praise for this service
I have nothing but praise for this service. The way Lan helped and supported me was wonderful. When we met I was in the middle of a personal crisis and she sat and listened to me without judgement, without criticism. She was so kind and able to really take on board what I was saying to her and how I needed her to help me. This has been a massive part of my healing journey, meeting someone who was able to be with me in the place I actually was. I will always be grateful to her and the service for this.
Will definitely recommend the service to a friend!
I wasn’t new to counselling when I had group sessions with the Mother Tongue Counselling Service, but it was still a new experience for me. I was looking for someone who listens to what I have to say and respond without being pushy, and that’s what I got. The facilitator brought in interesting topics of discussion, paid attention to us individually and showed us our options. I was able to make changes and have some conversations with my family which I had always been avoiding. We were always reminded of the choice of self-referral, if need be. The handouts, booklets and emails which were distributed, especially after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, have been extremely handy and helpful. Will definitely recommend the service to a friend!