“He always left the sessions feeling good about himself!”
My 10 year old son had been struggling with a number of issues: bullying, bereavement and serious illness within our family over the preceding 2 years. He had become increasingly withdrawn and detached, low in mood and irritable. He then started to lose interest in his school work, having always been a bright and diligent pupil. Our family was extremely worried about him, as was the school. Having not had any direct experience with counselling we were a little apprehensive. Kerry is an extremely gentle lady and my son seemed to immediately connect with her and formed a good rapport. I sat in on the sessions, at his request, and it was enlightening for me to hear what he had been feeling and thinking. Within a few sessions he started to improve and now seems back to his old self, which has resulted in much relief and delight all round! He seems to have developed a greater awareness of his feelings and the impact that this can have on his thoughts since the counselling. I was surprised by the fact that he opened up so much to Kerry so quickly. He seemed very comfortable talking to her which is testament to her friendly, kind and gentle approach. He always left the sessions feeling good about himself!
Young Person aged 10
“If you are reading this and are unsure, I would urge you to try, I am so pleased I did.”
I have been a client of Kerry’s for almost two years, during the loss of my mother, forced career change and serious family illness, and I have found her support invaluable in that time. Having an independent person to talk to, someone who listens without judging or interfering, someone that you can truly be yourself with, without the concern of how your thoughts or words will be received, is very liberating. And in that liberation comes relief and often answers to stresses that have been plaguing me. I went to Kerry very sceptical, as I had been to other counselling services and found them patronising and unhelpful, but I can honestly say I have never felt like that with Kerry, so if you are reading this and are unsure, I would urge you to try, I am so pleased I did.
“she is the happiest she has ever been seeing her mummy and daddy happy together”
Hi Kerry, just wanted to take a few moments to thank you for what you have done for both of us. Although we were a little apprehensive about what counselling might have to offer us it has brought us on a journey which has made us even stronger than we ever imagined. We thought we had previously had a strong stable relationship and then when we hit the difficult times it all fell apart and we never thought we would get back what we had. We had both sort of come to terms with the fact that maybe we could fix the hole but that it would always have cracks. This is not the case your help and guidance has made our relationship the best it has ever been. We are stronger than we have ever been. We appreciate each other now and take time to understand things from one another’s point of view. Since we last saw you we have been faced with a couple of challenging situations and we have worked through them together using what you have taught us. Our work colleagues have also commented on how this experience has made a positive change to both of us, but most of all the difference this has made to our daughter – she is the happiest she has ever been seeing her mummy and daddy happy together and all 3 of us are enjoying every spare moment we have together as a family, which is just the best! Thank you for what you have done. It is very much appreciated and it is hard to express in words just how much you have done for us. THANK YOU x
North East, England
“I have felt happier, stronger and more in control of my life”
I only had six sessions with Kerry, but in those sessions I had multiple light bulb moments. I learnt more than I expected to about myself and the way my anxiety affects me. With the help of Kerry, I was also able to identify the best ways to manage my anxiety. It has been a few weeks since my sessions finished, and although there have been a few wobbles, I have felt happier, stronger and more in control of my life than I have done for a very long time.
“She showed me the light at the end of the tunnel,”
I would firstly like to thank Kerry from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful help she has given me, she made the difference from feeling hopelessness to giving me the mechanisms to move forward and live life again. She showed me the light at the end of the tunnel, such a kind and understanding woman, never judgemental, always the right words at the right moment. If Carlsberg made counsellors…..
“I now stand in a happy, confident and healed place”
I went to see Kerry when I was mentally at rock bottom, I’d had a lot of stress at work, which resulted in a breakdown and as a consequence I developed severe anxiety. I’d gone from being a confident and happy person to being overwhelmed by the smallest thing. However instead of taking medication to mask the symptoms, I wanted to try counselling to help alleviate and heal the trauma. With Kerry’s gentle encouragement and practical advice, I was able to take a step back and look at my life from a new perspective. I’d been so busy getting on with living, holding down a full time job, being a wife and mother and living up to the stereotype of having it all, that I hadn’t actually looked deeply at the patterns or stresses of my life. I had been enduring a toxic environment for a long time, and my body and mind were telling me that enough was enough. As a result of the Counselling sessions with Kerry, and the way in which Kerry helped me look at situations, I was able to move forward and I built up mental strength, and I found that I had the ability to take control of issues that were affecting me, whereas before I would have been overwhelmed and would have allowed the issues to send me into a downward spiral to rock bottom. I was now able to take control of these issues, and instead of them controlling me, I controlled them and their effect upon me. As part of the healing process, I re-visited a creative hobby that I’d loved, and I dove into that with all my heart and soul. I found that when I escaped into a world of creativity, it took me away from the present anxiety, and as a consequence and with Kerry’s counsel and encouragement, it all helped me heal, re-gain confidence and make healthy and beneficial life decisions. The techniques that Kerry has taught me have given me the tools to deal with difficult future issues. I now stand in a happy, confident and healed place, and with many thanks to Kerry, I am very much looking towards the future.
“I cannot thank her enough & I wouldn’t hesitate to contact her again”
I was introduced to Kerry some years ago now through my employers, I was at a very difficult time in my life & to be honest I was very nervous about our first meeting. I found myself (with Kerry’s help) telling her so much about deep rooted issues that I’ve never disclosed, even to my closest friends & family. Kerry totally changed my life around. Also, when I felt I was slipping back again into my depression she was there for me straight away. I have now moved on with my life & I’m very happy, I could never have done this without her help. I will always remember her with great fondness & never forget her words of advice, words that I still put into practice to this day. I would highly recommend to anyone who feels they need help or someone to talk to in complete confidence to contact Kerry. I cannot thank her enough & I wouldn’t hesitate to contact her again, (Hopefully I won’t need to) X
North East, England
“She has helped me become a better version of myself”
I have just come to the end of my first 6 sessions with Kerry, what a fantastic, inspiring woman she is . . . she has helped me become a better version of myself, reminded me that I am important too and helped me re-discover my passions. I hope to continue working with her in the future.
“Thank you Kerry for all you have done for me, I am now a very happy man.”
Dear Kerry, I am writing this letter to you to say what a wonderful person you are and the help you have given me has made my life so much better and now I feel like I can handle any situation that arises in life as a whole through the counselling session I have had with yourself and the tools you gave me. If anyone finds themselves in this situation I highly recommend Glister Counselling. My name is Mark I am a 48 year old male and came to Glister Counselling through work related stress and was in a very dark place in my life through the sheer lack of my employers to do their jobs right as they never followed their own policies or procedures and at the end I just lost the plot with a manager. I must admit I was sceptical about counselling as I have been used to dealing with everything on my own and in my own way. Unfortunately for me I found myself not in control anymore and got stressed which also led to depression and I found myself falling out with my employer and they suspended me which made things even worse for me. I was put in contact with Glister Counselling and attended the sessions. The sessions were something I never even thought would help but boy was I so wrong. Kerry from Glister Counselling was my counsellor and the way I now look at things and the tools Kerry has gave me has set me back on the right path which feels really good as I thought I would never get there. Now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Believe me, counselling really does work and my partner and I both thank Kerry and Glister Counselling from the bottom of our hearts for getting me back to feeling the way I used to be which was a very happy go luck guy that would help anyone if I could. Thank you Kerry for all you have done for me, I am now a very happy man.
“Kerry is amazing and has helped me so much”
What can I say... Kerry is amazing and has helped me so much. I had 5 sessions with Kerry and we spoke about certain events throughout my life that had affected me and things that have an impact on me at the moment. It was so easy to talk to Kerry, she has a very soft calming voice. I feel like I am becoming more confident and stepping out of my comfort zone. I have started to change the way I think, instead of dwelling on the past and worrying about the future I am trying my best to focus on the here and now and being more positive. The mindfulness has helped me hugely and it made me re-evaluate my life and this made me change occupations and do something I will love instead of something that made me unhappy, anxious and stressed. Life is far too short to waste it, even making small changes can make a huge difference. Thank you so much Kerry and just to let you know, I got the job xxxx
“I think you’re amazing. Thank you so very much.”
I am very grateful for how you have helped me and been there for me, and agreed to install programmes and communicate even at evenings and weekends. I’m very grateful for this, since I don’t know who I would be able to trust otherwise. And your patience with the technology and with me. I do hear your kindness and caring, and that you’re very present and you want to help your clients. I think you’re amazing. Thank you so very much.
“Kerry is a warm, empathetic and insightful counsellor and makes you feel safe”
I worked with Kerry for 8 weeks and in that time, she made a real difference to my outlook on life. Kerry is a warm, empathetic and insightful counsellor and makes you feel safe to open up and discuss feelings you may not even be aware you are struggling with. The sessions gave me a renewed sense of perspective, and helped me understand some of the deeper issues I was struggling with. Also, just having someone who was willing to listen and support me made a huge difference to how I was feeling, and by the final session I felt stronger, more able to cope with day to day stresses and more understanding and compassionate towards myself. I can't thank Kerry enough for how much she helped. She is a wonderful counsellor to work with and help you sort through whatever is bothering you. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her!
“So easy to talk to”
I never thought I would suffer from depression or would need to talk to somebody about my feelings. However, something happened in my life which left me not wanting to live anymore. I was very reluctant to seek help and spend months very depressed until I was finally persuaded to go and talk to a counsellor. Kerry is a truly lovely person and so easy to talk to. I have had 6 sessions with Kerry. I am not cured and still have a long way to go to find happiness. However, Kerry has shown me that I can go on living and there is light at the end of the tunnel. I will really miss talking to her.
“I feel I can take control of my life again”
I just wanted to send a big thank you for your help and guidance through a difficult time in my life. The counselling sessions helped me to understand the reasons behind my anxiety. Your help gave me the mental tools to deal with anxiety issues before they completely take over. I particularly found mindfulness advice useful in controlling my thoughts when things spiral out of control. I feel I can take control of my life again and take myself forward to a happier place.
“I trust her completely and heartily recommend her to anyone seeking support with any issue.”
I have been going to Kerry for regular Supervision sessions since 2013. I count myself very blessed to have Kerry as a Supervisor for the Emotional Healing work that I do with clients. I work very differently to a typical “talking therapist”, instead using guided meditation, emotional body awareness and heightened levels of consciousness as compared to normal “talking” levels of consciousness in my sessions. Because of this unique way of working that I have organically developed over time I was unsure if I would be able to find a professional counselling Supervisor who could hold me in my work. Kerry has been amazing. I picked her from many because she uses mindfulness techniques and other meditational journeying practices herself and I have been delighted to find that she completely “gets” my work. From the very start of my journey with Kerry as my Supervisor there was a warmth and instant connection between us which I wasn’t expecting from a “professional”. Kerry has not only helped me to grow in confidence and skills in my healing work with clients but has worked wonders in my own personal healing journey around childhood sexual abuse. I had done huge amounts of that journey myself but Kerry has helped me to get to places I never dreamed possible and I now feel fully healed and most significantly released from the overwhelming anger I was experiencing towards abusive men. I found it very challenging at first that Kerry could hold so much compassion towards men who abuse others having worked with many of them herself. However her amazing skill in getting to the bottom of my emotions around this painful issue has been so hugely liberating for me. Kerry is a very talented Counsellor; a wonderfully warm person who consciously lives her counselling wisdom rather than simply using textbook techniques from an unconscious head level. I trust her completely and heartily recommend her to anyone seeking support with any issue.
Susie Warburton Brown M.A. (Oxon), P.G.C.E
Conscious Healing with Susie
“I feel like a new person”
Sitting talking to someone will help!! Really!! Well that’s what I said to myself before going to see Kerry. Six sessions later I can firmly say YES talking to someone about your problems can help and Kerry has helped me in ways I never thought. I was carrying around a huge rock on my shoulders with Kerry’s help we smashed that rock into little pieces and now I feel free of that burden. Kerry is wonderful she puts you at ease, doesn’t judge and gives you methods to deal with the issues you are trying to work through. Thank you Kerry for all your help. I feel like a new person and can now hold my head high and go out and enjoy life guilt free.
“Kerry was a welcoming life line that reassured me and put life into perspective”
After visiting my GP and facing the realisation what little immediate help was available in terms of mental health terrified me. Kerry was a welcoming life line that reassured me and put life into perspective. I am extremely grateful for Kerry’s support; she was definitely a crutch in a time of need. I would recommend this service and I wouldn’t hesitate in contacting Kerry again if needed.
“I got a lot out of our sessions and feel that they have helped me get back to feeling more like me again.”
I went to see Kerry about the way I was handling a specific issue that was having an impact on all areas of my life, including my work. At first I doubted whether I actually ‘needed’ counselling, as I wasn’t depressed, but I felt very close to not being able to cope. Kerry helped me to overcome my fears about tackling the issue by helping me to see things from a different perspective and providing a challenge to my previous ways of managing similar issues in the past. Kerry helped me to take a different standpoint in a very supportive way. By doing things differently I have already noticed that I feel more relaxed, calm and confident about my ability to handle the issue going forward. I got a lot out of our sessions and feel that they have helped me get back to feeling more like me again.
North Tyneside, England
“Her natural empathy, genuine interest and concern put me at ease”
During a period of anxiety and depression which was making my life both at home and at work very difficult, I was fortunate to be referred to Kerry. Her natural empathy, genuine interest and concern put me at ease immediately. As the sessions progressed, Kerry helped me to greatly reduce my anxiety and feel better about myself. I have started to rediscover my interests and now feel able to smile again! Thank you so much.
“Never thought that I would be one of “those” people who have a breakdown.”
As a GP, I was encountering a huge amount of work related stress, but never thought that I would be one of “those” people who have a breakdown. I saw myself as such a resilient coper, that it was all the harder when I finally crashed. Kerry was able to recognise and soothe the vulnerable and hurting bits of me which I had never let myself acknowledge, eventually enabling me to be kinder to myself. I am now able to hear, trust and respond to the deepest whispers of my heart, rather than be swayed by the noise of external expectations; I am excited about the changes I’m making in my life as a consequence. I believe I have gone back to work a much better doctor and a more whole person because of this experience, but I couldn’t have found the gold threads in it without Kerry’s help.
“I have never had a session with Kerry in which I haven’t learnt something extremely valuable and useful.”
Last year I hit a personal crisis. I had never had counselling before but recognised that I would need help from an independent professional in order to address the issues I was unable to move past on my own. A personal recommendation brought me to Kerry and I’m extremely glad it did. I asked Kerry not just to help me work through my dark times but to help me build my toolset so that if I ever again experienced an event that would otherwise sink me, I would be able to keep myself afloat and get back to full speed much more quickly. I also asked her to give me homework between sessions, as I wanted to progress and develop as much as possible and as quickly as possible. I imagine I was quite a challenging client! Kerry has been brilliant at responding to my requests and needs – and she has also brought so many valuable things that I could not possibly have foreseen or envisaged. I have never had a session with Kerry in which I haven’t learnt something extremely valuable and useful. Some sessions have been revelatory; others more low key, but all very valuable. I continue to see Kerry as my counsellor now not because I need to (my ship is happily sailing again and Kerry has played a significant part in this relaunch), but because I want to explore how much further I can learn and develop myself with her support. A good friend recommended Kerry to me and I have no hesitation in adding my recommendation of Kerry’s counselling service to all who read this.
“Provided new ways to proceed in both my personal and professional life”
Working with Kerry provided invaluable insights into understanding myself better and provided new ways to proceed in both my personal and professional life.
“Kerry is one of the best in her field.”
If you are reading this and you are, as I was, apprehensive about counselling? All I can say is give it a go and embrace it, as believe me Kerry is one of the best in her field. She helped me enormously at a crossroad on my life’s journey and cleared my ‘brain storm’, amazing!
“I am now able to cope a lot better since my counselling”
Firstly would like to thank you again for helping me through my separation and giving me the counselling that was required to help me cope better with my life. I have certainly never been as challenged and as hurt in my life and hope you will feel proud that your professional approach helped me through that bad time. Over the Christmas period in 2012 I found out my wife had feelings for someone else and we separated. We had been together for 30 years. It was the worst period in my life and I had never felt pain and hurt like I was feeling at that time. I had an opportunity to have counselling through the NHS but it was mostly self-help through reading internet pages. I felt this would not help me. I started counselling with Kerry in early February and I was willing to try anything to help me. Through the sessions that followed, I slowly began to understand my feelings better and why I was feeling the way I was. I was made to feel comfortable and slowly began to be able to cope with my problem. As the sessions continued I found I was able to continue my life without the level of anguish that I originally felt. We constantly reviewed my situation and I felt re-assured that I was in a better place and had handled my problem in the best way for me. I am now able to cope a lot better since my counselling and hopefully will be able to have a happy, normal life.
“I would like to say a very big thank you for everything you have given me over the past couple of years”
Kerry, I would like to say a very big thank you for everything you have given me over the past couple of years. I appreciate the times you have listened and your thoughtfulness hasn’t gone unnoticed. I am sad that our sessions have come to an end. I will think of you often. Take care x
“You have truly made a difference to me as a person and my outlook on life”
Thank you very much for helping me through this difficult time. You have truly made a difference to me as a person and my outlook on life. Hopefully it’s not too late for Mrs H and myself, but at least now we stand a chance.
“You made me understand a lot about myself.”
I would just like to say that I found my counselling very helpful and would recommend Glister and yourself to family and friends if they ever needed your services. I found the surroundings very relaxing and yourself very professional and caring. You made me understand a lot about myself. Thank You
“At my first session, you immediately put me at ease”
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all you have done for me in the short time we spent together. When I agreed to go down the counselling route, I was very apprehensive and did not know what to expect. I would never have thought I would be one of ‘those people’ that needed to speak to a stranger to help sort out any issues I had. However, I knew I had to do something to try and turn my life around. At my first session, you immediately put me at ease and straight away I knew I had made the right decision to seek some help. I was able to open up to you comfortably and you managed to get me talking about things I never even really knew were an issue for me. From this, I was able to put plans in place to try and help support me in these areas. I just needed that time out from my very busy day to day life to concentrate on me and understand what it was that I needed. I am confidently able to say to others around me, if I see them struggling, that there are people out there who can help. And although it may feel uncomfortable at the beginning if you have never had counselling before, it is so worthwhile. Things are definitely improving for me at home now. I still have better days than others and the challenges have not gone away, but I feel in a better position to cope with them now and am looking forward to what lies ahead. Thank you so much again. Although it is your job, I feel you got to know me so well in such a short space of time and help build my confidence by focusing on the areas that I needed. You don’t know how much it meant to me when you said the words “You are a good mum."
“You gave me the strength I need to look forward”
After a few very difficult years in our relationship we decided that couples counselling would be the only way we could try to move forward, we arranged weekly sessions with Kerry, where we spoke openly about the problems in our marriage. This provided me a safe place to be able to discuss some very difficult situations during our marriage, the sessions were difficult at first to talk openly about what had happened, but Kerry soon put us at ease, and helped to create open discussion around various situations. Kerry advised us both on ways we could improve, and overcome some difficult situations. As the weeks went by, with little or no improvement, Kerry then guided me through splitting from my husband. I really do not know how I would have managed to get to that point without the support from Kerry. The sessions helped me to understand, how bad our situation had become, and that improvements had not been made. I then continued sessions alone with Kerry, who continued to support me alone through the separation from my husband. I am now in a much better place, and have a better understanding about the reasons and behaviour of my husband. Thank you Kerry, your support enabled me to see how bad the situation had become, and that he was not willing to change his behaviour. You gave me the strength I need to look forward, and begin to rebuild my life with my children.
Couples Counselling - Jane
“Thank Kerry from the bottom of my heart for helping me close doors to my past and open new doors for the future.”
I recently completed several counselling sessions with Kerry. It took me over a year to admit that I couldn’t deal with everything that had happened on my own, that I needed help. I was put in touch with Kerry and from our first conversation I knew she would be able to help steer me in the right direction. Over the past 18 months I have dealt with a break up from a relationship with my partner of 3 years that ended without any sort of explanation or goodbye and a family fall out which affected me more than I would have ever admitted. I was struggling with my life both at home and work on a day to day basis. My relationships and problems weren’t something that could be fixed but I found talking to Kerry about everything that had affected me put everything into perspective. After 5 sessions with Kerry I found that although my problems couldn’t be fixed, that just talking about them made me feel so much better. It helped me get past the things in my past and the end of my relationship. I can’t thank Kerry enough for how helpful and understanding she was. I would like to thank Kerry from the bottom of my heart for helping me close doors to my past and open new doors for the future.
“My sessions with Kerry have had a hugely positive impact on my life even though we only met six times.”
My sessions with Kerry have had a hugely positive impact on my life even though we only met six times. I was trying to cope with the aftermath of a very tough time: she helped me feel at ease immediately and her extensive knowledge and understanding meant she was able to offer me a variety of techniques to help me to both understand and to cope. Kerry was a real anchor for me at a difficult time in my life—I would not hesitate to seek her counsel again should I need it. In short, she helped me find my old self again.
“Upon arrival I was welcomed by Kerry and made to feel at ease.”
At first I was reluctant to attend counselling and did not think I needed any sessions. Upon arrival I was welcomed by Kerry and made to feel at ease. The space she has is very relaxing and always has a nice calming smell with fresh flowers. On broaching the subject of my past I did not see how my past could have any affect or be causing my anxiety now. I was asked by Kerry to do a time line from my earliest memory to the present day and bring this to my next session. I left it until the night before and my partner had to sit with me to do it as I did not see the point in this. Upon giving it to Kerry she requested I read it back to her. I started to read and as I continued it became harder and harder to do. There and then I realised that it was all linked and everything that I had bottled up was right there in front of me coming out. “I laid it all out on the floor in the room and Kerry helped me deal with it.” She suggested mindfulness, meditation and being kind to myself. Shortly after I joined the Buddhist centre and I now regularly attend mediation and practise mindfulness daily. Along with this and Kerry ‘s support I feel as though I have moved forward and I am for the first time in a long time putting myself first and listening to myself which has improved my health greatly. I would highly recommend Kerry to anyone in their time of need. She listens, shows empathy and always knows what to say. Many thanks Kerry for all that you have done for me.
“Kerry helped me to come to terms with the trauma”
Counselling is something that initially i was hesitant about; I didn't think it would help me overcome the recent traumas in my life. Speaking to Kerry helped me to come to terms with the trauma that I had faced and she helped me understand what I was going through. After the sessions I felt able to tackle the day again and make the best decisions I could to help me get back to full health. I would highly recommend Kerry's services.
“She has a lovely and calming personality and I felt comfortable with her”
My time with Kerry counselling me was a massive help, she has a lovely and calming personality and I felt comfortable with her and could easily express my feeling of anxiety. It was a great help to be able to talk to some who is on neutral ground and does not judge or criticise the person. Kerry helped me on how to deal with people and situations that were sometimes out of my control. Over the period of time I could feel a difference in my well-being and started to feel stronger in myself, the help and advice was useful as when in place I could deal with things much better. I would recommend counselling to anyone as there are times in our lives that we may need it. It helped me loads and I know others will feel the same. I thank Kerry for all her help and support.
North East, England
“I now have a voice and I am ok with things!”
Before I came to see you I didn’t have a voice and I held myself back. I felt responsible and guilty for everyone and everything. I was mentally hazy especially about my dad and family. Now I have enabled myself to free myself and think of me, here and now. I can rationalise my feelings and thoughts and I realise that the way I feel now is ‘normal’ and what I thought was normal – clearly wasn’t the ‘real world’. I now have a voice and I am ok with things! Thank you soooo much for your help.
“At the end my time with her I came out feeling stronger and more able to cope”
“I went into counselling not sure if ‘talking’ would actually do anything. Kerry was very patient with me and as the sessions continued I began to feel myself again. Kerry gave me an insight into how I could move forward and at the end my time with her I came out feeling stronger and more able to cope with any issues I might have to face in the future. I would certainly recommend counselling to anyone, as I now feel confident in coping with the unknown aspects of what lies ahead.”
Maria MacKay - Newcastle, England
“What a difference 6 sessions can make”
Thank you Kerry for all the work you have put into helping me deal with my life. What a difference 6 sessions can make. Kerry creates such a calm and safe environment, and is a warm and friendly person. Her advice has made a real difference to my life and I really do feel better as a result of my time with her. If anyone reading this needs to talk to someone, I can highly recommend Kerry.
“My sessions with you have been truly life changing.”
“The difference from the first session to the last was vast”
I wanted to thank you for everything you did to help me come to terms with my loss. For being such a personal issue I felt completely relaxed and able to open up. The difference from the first session to the last was vast and didn't go unnoticed by family and friends. Thanks for everything.
“Kerry really helped me through a really stressful period in my professional life.”
Kerry really helped me through a really stressful period in my professional life. She helped me reflect and understand the root cause on my anxiety and worked with me to develop a tool kit to help me recover and get back to feeling like me again. Kerry showed great empathy and I was able to open up to her and talk about things that I had not spoken about for years. The relapse prevention toolkit will continue to help me going forward. Thanks again Kerry
“She never judged me and I found it so easy to talk to her”
I would like to share a positive experience with regard to Kerry helping me. As I am a man, Kerry understood and recognised that I needed to take action with regard to certain things in my life. She helped me immensely just by simply listening and providing the support I needed. She never judged me and I found it so easy to talk to her as she did not know me or my challenges in life. I felt that after every session I had moved forward and I looked to the next with the thought of improving how I felt. I would recommend contacting Kerry as I cannot thank her enough for helping me.
“A first class professional service and something I would recommend to anyone!!!”
I came to counselling hoping to find some answers, and desperately wanted to stop crying! Kerry provided a safe, non-judgemental environment for me to throw up years of hurt. She gave me space and time to heal and helped me realise that I am a product of all of my experiences. I am continuing to work on being kinder to myself and can’t thank her enough for her kind words. A first class professional service and something I would recommend to anyone!!!
“When I first came to you I felt totally lost”
I would like to thank you for the eight sessions we had together. When I first came to you I felt totally lost but by the end you showed me how I hadn’t had the chance to develop my character properly and things I could do to change that. It was very difficult going over my timeline but with your help I now have a better understanding of why I do certain things and why I get effected by somethings more than others. Taking into consideration the things you said I have started trying new things and now have a list of things I want to try. I now feel more confident now that you have given me the tools to deal with anxiety and periods of difficulty. Thank you again.
“You have taught me to open up more with my feelings and that it’s ok to cry.”
Kerry, I want to say a big thank you for helping me through such a difficult time in my life. You have taught me to open up more with my feelings and that it’s ok to cry. Thank you.
“Kerry’s counselling skills have ensured that I now have a much more positive view to life”
I had been feeling unwell both at home and at work due to depression and particularly anxiety and was recommended counselling assistance through my employer when I took extended sick leave from work. Following this Kerry contacted me very quickly to set up the first meeting within a few days. Kerry has a calming and pleasant manner that enabled me to speak about my problems a lot more openly than I could ever have imagined. During the sessions I responded very positively to the holistic view she took with my anxiety issues focusing initially on my home situation and then on work. The techniques including mindfulness and ‘homework’ tasks helped me to understand my situation of feeling helpless and enabled me to become more positive by focusing on doing enjoyable things for myself. Kerry’s counselling skills have ensured that I now have a much more positive view to life than I have had in a long time and feel I have the skills to combat any low feelings that may arise in the near future too.
“During the course of my sessions I could feel my anxieties reduce and my confidence grow.”
When I first met Kerry my anxiety levels were at the worst I'd ever experienced. After my first session I knew I'd made the right decision to start with counselling and it was the first positive action I'd made in a long time. During the course of my sessions I could feel my anxieties reduce and my confidence grow. At the end of my six sessions I have come away with strength, positivity and the skills to recognise when I am feeling anxious and how to cope and manage it. Thanks to Kerry and our work together.
“Back on my feet and living life with a positive outlook for the future.”
My sessions with Kerry have made the world of difference dealing with my Depression and Anxiety after a very difficult time over the past 9 months. With Kerry’s help I have improved my mental strength to be able to deal with difficult circumstances when they arise either in my personal life or work life and have also greatly improved my self-confidence. Many thanks for all of your support, guidance and help over the past months to get me back on my feet and living life with a positive outlook for the future.
“I really can’t thank you enough for how much you have changed my life.”
I feel like I have so much to say and thank you for. Over the past few months you have worked so hard with me and set me homework which I never thought I’d be able to do! But I did it all! And a lot more too! I have found it so easy to work with you and find myself again thinking that I couldn’t have done it without you. You are warm hearted, kind, cheerful, patient, encouraging, funny, understanding and well amazing at what you do. I really can’t thank you enough for how much you have changed my life.
“Kerry is an amazing counsellor; we have previously worked together in the same service.”
Kerry is an amazing counsellor; we have previously worked together in the same service. Kerry is a dedicated, motivated counsellor who appears to work with the whole person. Kerry appreciates the person wherever they are at and supports them fully on their therapeutic journey. Kerry is inspiring and dynamic in her approach; I would recommend Kerry 100 percent.
Substance misuse worker at Newcastle, England
“I was scared about asking for help”
Counselling was not something I ever really thought was for me, in truth I was scared about asking for help as it was unknown. Like many people making the first phone call was the hardest but the process was very easy and I was put in contact with Kerry. Kerry has a way (even on the first phone call) of making you feel that she understands you and genuinely wants to help. When I left my first session I felt so much lighter and ready for whatever was coming my way. Throughout my time working with Kerry this was a theme that continued, her empathy, support and understanding was brilliant and as a result of her non-intrusive questioning I began understand the impact I let situations have on me and my reaction to them. I found that I really enjoyed my sessions and found Kerry to be a brilliant help. If anyone has doubts (like I did) that counselling isn’t for them, my advice is give it a go. Kerry is really great at getting you to see things in a different way and for some people that’s all that’s needed. Everyone has challenges in their lives and sometimes a little extra help can really make a difference. Thank you Kerry for your time and expertise.
“I cannot recommend Kerry enough”
I was at an emotional breaking point when I sought the help that I needed. I was a massively anxious individual and over a few years this anxiety had manifest into a disorder that prevented me from social interaction and impacted me daily. I had several sessions with Kerry but after our very first session, I knew she was a professional individual and someone who was well accomplished in their field of work. Kerry didn’t just treat my symptoms, we dug deeper to what was causing me to feel the way I did and through our partnership I am very much on the road to recovery. I have gone from shying away from social situations and agonising over my actions in my daily life and I am at a point now where I perform stand-up comedy at comedy clubs in the local area. I wholeheartedly believe I wouldn’t have had the mental constitution to write and perform material if it weren’t for the help and guidance I received from Kerry at Glister. If you are on the fence about seeking help for your mental health or if you even just need someone to talk to without fear of judgement if you have any personal problems, I cannot recommend Kerry enough.
“With you it comes with ease”
I would like to thank you for how much you have helped me. I have never felt comfortable talking to anyone about my past or my problems but with you it comes with ease. You made me feel comfortable and normal, thank you.
“I couldn’t have got this far without you.”
I’d like to thank you for all your help; I couldn’t have got this far without you.
“I was struggling with life and past traumas”
Following the passing of my Mam I was struggling with life and past traumas were unexpectedly re-emerging which made my life very difficult to cope with. I went to see Kerry with very little hope that she would be able to help as I felt so badly damaged and broken. Through a series of counselling sessions with expert support and care from Kerry I am now able to move forward with positivity and hope. I could never have envisaged feeling so much better and I am very grateful to Kerry for her part in this. I also know now that if things get tough again I am equipped with new strategies to help me cope with the inevitable issues and difficulties that life throws at us! Thankyou Kerry.
“Made me believe in myself again”
I just wanted to say thank you. You have made me think how I can go forward with my life and made me believe in myself again. I can now be honest with my mam about how she speaks to me and I can also hold my head-up and go forward each new day. You are one very special lady with a rare gift.
“I would not hesitate to come back and see you if I need to”
Hi Kerry, would just like to say a big Thank you for listening to me over the last 5 weeks. It has been such a big relief to be able to offload everything that I have been holding onto for years. It felt so easy to talk to you and even crying in front of you. You have helped me so much in such a short space of time. Now that my sessions are over, I would not hesitate to come back and see you if I need to. Thank you again for all your help.
“I now have a couple of new strategies in place for when things go a little bit off track.”
I lost faith in counsellors a couple of years ago, but with patience and understanding, Kerry helped me to find a way back on track. Kerry gave me different ways to explore how I feel in a safe environment. I now have a couple of new strategies in place for when things go a little bit off track. Thank you Kerry.
“You have helped by giving me techniques to help me try and cope.”
I would like to thank you Kerry for all your help. You are an absolute godsend. You have been there and you have sat there and listened to everything I have spoken about. You have helped by giving me techniques to help me try and cope. Overall, excellent. Thank-You.
Gateshead - England
“She has helped me let go of things that were holding me back.”
I have recently completed a course of 6 sessions with Kerry. I will never forget the first day I walked into her room. I was in a bad place… the last 2 year have been not good for me. Emotionally dealing with a relationship breakdown, coming to terms with being a single parent, losing 2 significant people in my life as well as holding down a full time job which itself comes with stress, left me feeling so low and like I had nowhere to turn. My first meeting with Kerry I cried and I cried and I cried. But I felt an instant connection with her and I knew I was going to benefit from the sessions. Kerry made me feel at ease and I was able to open up to her. That alone was a big thing for me as I had bottled things up for so long. Even within a couple of weeks I was in a much better place and I actually looked forward to my weekly session. I honestly can’t thank Kerry enough. She has helped me overcome a really difficult time. She has helped me let go of things that were holding me back. She has helped me move forward with my life. And she has helped me be able to look at a special photograph and smile 🙂
“Kerry’s therapy helped me to revive the twinkles and sparkles in my eyes.”
Kerry’s therapy helped me to revive the twinkles and sparkles in my eyes. I walked into Glister Counselling a conflicted and unhappy spirit, with a looming sense of worry, looking for help with my emotional life and also anxiety issues. In the space of a few sessions, the support given encouraged me to be conscious of my wants and wishes and to join a youth group. My anxiety issues are slowly fading away, and I’m starting to make friends for real rather than online. This counselling service gets a thumbs up from me! Thank you.
“Kerry helped me at a time when I felt lost, anxious about the future”
Kerry helped me at a time when I felt lost, anxious about the future and was at a really low point in my life. My difficulty in communicating with close ones made meant I felt isolated and alone. With regular sessions in a relatively short space of time Kerry was able to support me in making positive life changes and become a better person as a result by helping me to work on areas I had shied away from previously. I’m now looking to the future in a more positive frame of mind and can express my emotions much better with my friends and loved ones meaning I no longer feel I am carrying any worries on my own.
North East, England
“You really helped through a tough time”
Thank you, Kerry. You really helped through a tough time, I remember how I felt at my first session with you, and the contrast by the end was incredible. You gave me some fabulous techniques and strategies for the future, and created a safe space for me, this helped me confront some very raw emotions, and as you said ‘process’ some of the issues, thank you. Above all, you are a unique inspiring person, who really cares; your warmth and concern are almost tangible.
“Your chosen path lighting up with all the colours of the rainbow!”
Kerry is a fairy (accredited) who will sprinkle magic dust on your path. The fairy dust is invisible, you won’t notice at first and yet the effects will soon become apparent; you will see your way forward, your chosen path lighting up with all the colours of the rainbow! To a very smart, dedicated professional: thank you with all my heart for making me feel empowered in troubled times!
“She gave me some excellent tools that I can use on an ongoing basis.”
I found Kerry to be caring, understanding and passionate while helping me through a very difficult period and she gave me some excellent tools that I can use on an ongoing basis.
Co. Durham, England
“I feel back in control and more emotionally strong to be able to manage everyday life.”
I have recently completed a six-week course of counselling arranged through my employer. At the time of referral I was experiencing some difficulties at work caused by a very difficult personal life. I am very organised and structured and very much in control of my life and feelings. Ordinarily, I am emotionally intelligent and very self-aware. However, at a point in my life when I recognised a loss of self- control and self-awareness, I acknowledged the need for counselling support. I was referred to Kerry and although I was anxious, due to never having accessed counselling before, we instantly ‘clicked’. Kerry is extremely warm and caring and has a very nurturing approach. Kerry instantly made me feel relaxed and I found myself opening up readily. I believe Kerry was able to read me well and was very skilled at supporting me to identify my own strengths and areas for improvements. Kerry was able to suggest various strategies to use at home- strategies that I have been able to build into my everyday life. On completion of this counselling package, I feel back in control and more emotionally strong to be able to manage everyday life. I would highly recommend Kerry as a counsellor and wouldn’t hesitate in approaching her for additional support if necessary.”
“She is incredibly compassionate, patient and insightful.”
Kerry and I made amazing progress in just a handful of sessions. She is incredibly compassionate, patient and insightful. She helped me come to terms with the difficulties of the past, and the stresses and strains of the present. I consider myself lucky to have met her, and I will always be grateful for the support and guidance that she gave me.
“Thank you for my sessions with you during my pregnancy”
I wanted to thank you for my sessions with you during my pregnancy. I was in such a difficult place and really didn’t know how I was ever going to recover, but I’m so pleased to say I have come through the other side and it’s so lovely to feel happy again. My sessions with you helped me so much and I often reflect on the things you said to me. The times I spent with you gave me a short time away from everything going on in my head and for 45 minutes I felt calm. Thank you again, I will be forever grateful for your kindness and wise words.
“She is professional, trustworthy and most importantly, gives you perspective again.”
I have recently completed a series of sessions with Kerry following a referral from my company’s Occupational Health advisor. Initially, I was apprehensive of the whole process, it was something else to worry about. Kerry immediately put me at ease with her relaxed and informal approach to counselling. She was able to highlight straight away the area we needed to concentrate on and at the end of each session told me what we would be looking at the following week. The sessions were structured in a way that encouraged me to talk about those areas of my life that i was having trouble adjusting to after recent bereavements and the resultant stress and depression. I am now in a better position to evaluate what i want out of life and i really appreciate what she has achieved with me after just four sessions. She has a fantastic way with people and i really can’t thank her enough for guiding me in the right direction. If anyone is reading this testimonial because they’re unsure of whether to undertake counselling (as I did), please be assured that you will benefit greatly by speaking to Kerry. She is professional, trustworthy and most importantly, gives you perspective again.
“I now have a set of goals to make my life enjoyable again. Thank you Kerry!”
I first had the good fortune to be referred to Kerry in 2016. Kerry has a natural empathy which made talking over problems very easy. At the time I was going through a difficult time at both work and home. With Kerry’s kind support and guidance, I returned to work in a much better place. More recently I have experienced anxiety and depression. Once again Kerry was able to help me. I now have a much improved work-life balance, my depression has lifted and I now have a set of goals to make my life enjoyable again. Thank you Kerry!
“I am now an advocate for counselling and would encourage anyone to give it a go.”
I have been working with Kerry for approximately five years. At time of first contact I was having suicidal thoughts and had received counselling from two other professionals. I had had bad experiences with previous counsellors that left me feeling unable to trust them. Kerry was very patient with me and despite my doubts has always proved truthful and honest. She has provided support with everything from my internal thought patterns and getting to the cause of my problems to social interactions and dating. Kerry brings a good balance of practical day-to-day examples and textbook theory to match your preferred learning style and has managed to help me find enough of a root cause of my problems to give me answers where I thought none were possible. My life has now changed to a degree I did not think possible. I enjoy the majority of my life. I continue to see Kerry for support on changing aspects of my life I am not happy with such as work and to help me manage my stress and anxiety levels. I have taken medication for depression and while this helped calm me enough to function from day to day and assisted me with being able to get the most from therapy, it was never going to change my life like counselling has. I am now an advocate for counselling and would encourage anyone to give it a go. You don’t need to have major life problems; just anything you feel you need to talk to someone about or something you would like to change in your life. What have you got to lose?
“On a scale of one to ten, she’s a twelve”
I attended during what was one of the worst times of my life. Suffering from anxiety, stress and depression. Having previously attended counselling sessions the previous year with a different counsellor which were so unprofessional they exasperated my anxiety and feelings of isolation. I was left feeling like no one could help me. I was literally at rock bottom when Kerry picked me up, and for the first time in a long time, I felt like I had a support to stop me from slipping any lower. Week by week I continually made progress, and whilst it wasn’t always plain sailing putting some of the techniques we discussed into practice in my day to day life, I knew I had the support there which was a big comfort. We addressed the root causes of my anxiety which was extremely insightful, allowing me to put a lot of negative feelings I had been allowing to fewer inside of me to bed. Over the 12 sessions I have completely changed my mind set, to the point where I feel like a new person, capable of tackling anything thrown at me. Thanks to Kerry I have taken control of my life, and for the first time in years feel truly happy. I am really looking forward to the future and cannot wait to welcome in 2017. I cannot recommend Kerry highly enough, on a scale of one to ten, she’s a twelve. Thank you so much for your kind support, you are definitely one in a million.
“Thank you so much.”
Kerry I genuinely want to thank you for the difference you have made to my life. Thank you so much.”
“Helping me to save my marriage”
Thank you for all your support with helping me to save my marriage and also helping me to get back on track. I do appreciate it.
“My counselling sessions with Kerry have helped me to bring my anxiety problems back under control”
My counselling sessions with Kerry have helped me to bring my anxiety problems back under control; by identifying the things that feed into my emotional state and by establishing some techniques to help me deal with them. I found working with Kerry very calming and I genuinely looked forward to and enjoyed our sessions. Kerry was methodical and clear in her approach, but always very warm and caring, and with each session I felt like I was getting closer and closer to being my old self again. I’m very grateful to Kerry for her support and for the help she gave me to get out of a difficult place and back into my normal life.
“It’s not a service I have ever used before, but wouldn’t hesitate in using again if ever I felt the need.”
I would like to say a big thank you for helping me through a very difficult period in my life. The tools and techniques you have furnished me with have been invaluable and will continue to provide great support over the coming months in helping me maintain a sense of perspective. Just being able to share my problems and thoughts with someone who has no prior knowledge of my situation has been a massive help in prioritising what is most important in my life and how to look at things a bit more objectively. It’s not a service I have ever used before, but wouldn’t hesitate in using again if ever I felt the need.
North East, England
“Thank you so much for everything!”
Thank you so much for everything! You’ve helped me so much in a short space of time
“I was initially skeptical of the benefits of relationship counselling”
I was initially skeptical of the benefits of relationship counselling, but from our very first session Kerry’s calm demeanour, comfortable workspace and willingness to listen helped us both to express ourselves freely without fear of scrutiny or judgement. Kerry acted as a mediator in discussions that would otherwise have devolved into unhealthy arguments; her impartial and considerate input helped us to practise and improve our communication skills which, in turn, helped us to move forward by working through our issues in a more constructive fashion. During each weekly session Kerry guided us through a number of methods we could use to move our relationship forward. By taking on board Kerry’s advice (and suggestions for reading material) I have learnt more about myself and the psychology of relationships than I would ever have imagined. Thank you Kerry, for helping us to open up to one another. Our communication has come on leaps and bounds, and with the techniques you’ve taught us we feel better equipped to tackle whatever lies ahead.
both aged 25
“Without Kerry’s intervention I feel I would not have had such positive outcomes”
Kerry supported me with regular counselling sessions over a three month period of significant and stressful change in my life. I felt Kerry took good time to get to know me and the challenges I was working through, then supported and helped me focus on how to successfully move myself forward. Without Kerry's intervention I feel I would not have had such positive outcomes and there would have been a detrimental impact on my personal relationships.
“After a few sessions with Kerry I was able to put myself and my emotions into perspective”
Depression can be hell, stoked by a misunderstanding of your own emotions but I’m glad to say after a few sessions with Kerry I was able to put myself and my emotions into perspective right before me and now I feel so much better and at ease. I will not disappoint her by being depressed again or letting myself degenerate to anti-social ways of coping, she is the ideal friend to talk to when you are down.
“Kerry you are an inspiration to your profession”
Many thanks for your inputs and guidance over the last few weeks which have helped me enormously. My consultations with you have raised my awareness to the changes I need to make to my hectic lifestyle and I cannot thank you enough for equipping me this way. Attending your office provided me with a “bolt hole” from the world where I could unfold my life in confidence and in the knowledge that your humanistic approach to my situation was the hour every week that I looked forward to. Kerry you are an inspiration to your profession and I know who to come to if I burn myself out again.
“My future is full of wonderful possibilities”
I really cannot thank you enough for what the sessions we had together have done for me, when I first came to see you I was in bits and felt like I was at my wits end. In the five sessions that we had together I left feeling empowered and with the knowledge that I can face my issues, let go of the past and be happy now. I feel like i am discovering myself for the first time and my future is full of wonderful possibilities. Thank you so much.
“I would have no hesitation to speak to you again if I felt it was necessary”
I would just like to say how much your sessions helped me to talk things through without being judged and they were very thought provoking. I know I initially came to you for bereavement counselling but it ended up being a talk about other areas of my life as a whole to discover why I was so unhappy. Thank you for your patience at each session and your deep understanding of my emotional state. I would have no hesitation to speak to you again if I felt it was necessary.
“Supervision is now something to look forward to and as a monthly event”
The difficulty when choosing a first supervisor is not knowing what to expect. My experience has been of feeling afraid to say that I hadn’t worked as well as I could have. I suppose it’s like anything important, you don’t know what it will be like until you try. Luckily, after several years of average supervision, I found Kerry. How enlightening to be treated with dignity and positivity. With Kerry I am able to be completely open, and never feel judged if at times I lack wisdom when working with my diverse group of clients. Kerry’s experience of counselling and supervision has been invaluable in guiding me in many ways, including finding CPD, the importance of being self-aware, and in making decisions about my career. It is difficult to find a supervisory relationship which is both comfortable and professional, but now I have. Supervision is now something to look forward to and as a monthly event; this is exactly as it should be.
“Could not have come this far without her guidance and support.”
Kerry was an absolute joy to work with and she has provided me with great support and advice, which I will always treasure. She was patient and professional and I always felt valued and understood during our sessions. I would certainly recommend her and could not have come this far without her guidance and support.
Gateshead - England
“After a few sessions we gained back our confidence”
“Provided a calm and safe environment to offload all my anxieties and fears.”
I would like to thank Kerry for her support in helping me focus more on the positives rather than on the negatives of life and for showing me that there was a way forward. She very quickly put me at ease and provided a calm and safe environment to offload all my anxieties and fears. After each session I felt calmer and more focused and more able to be at peace with myself. I’m very grateful for that time spent which was valuable in the healing process after a very difficult period of my life. I would recommend Kerry’s services very highly. Thanks again.
“Natural and manages to balance empathy with common sense.”
I have had ten years of counselling with various therapists and although every one of them benefited and helped me in some way there are only two that stand out. One of these is Kerry Quigley who has provided me with defined tools to use for day to day in the work place and home. She was friendly and listened but was able to ask just the right questions to enable me to look at the various subjects in my life and there affects. She is not pushy or overzealous but natural and manages to balance empathy with common sense. I would have more sessions and have agreed that if I need to dip in for a bit of help I will book further sessions, even one offs if necessary.
“She helped me see everything so clearly but in my own time and through different exercises”
I have lived my worst nightmare this year due to an ex-partner who can only be described as cruel. This broke my confidence and made me extremely lost with my personal life, work life and I was a mess. Speaking to Kerry and having 6 sessions brought the old me back, made me stronger and helped me look into my future again without being afraid. I wish I could put into words how I felt prior to the sessions; the only way I could explain is to say that I ‘existed’ but I could not remember any moments of being happy and I had no focus or anything. I could not understand what I had done to deserve this pain. After speaking with Kerry I got stronger and stronger and she helped me see everything so clearly but in my own time and through different exercises I could start to feel normal. Thank you does not cover how grateful I am.
“I have come along more than I could ever have imagined in a short space of time”
I have recently had several counselling sessions with Kerry. Typically I didn't believe counselling was for me as I am not the usual type to open up about how I'm feeling and dealing with things. After trying other methods to get through a very tough time I decided I would give it a go, although remained slightly sceptical about it. My opinion on a service like this has dramatically changed after the sessions with Kerry. I have had advice on dealing with stress which has helped a lot. Talking about my stresses and situation actually helped a lot, with an understanding ear in Kerry. I immediately felt at ease on my first session and came out of it with a new sense of optimism that I could deal with life events in a different and more effective way than usual. After the final session I feel I have come along more than I could ever have imagined in a short space of time. I'm reflecting on the sessions on a daily basis now and reading the blogs on the glister web page which I feel are very helpful. Thank you very much for all of the support during a turbulent time in my life, it is greatly appreciated. I highly recommend Kerry and am very grateful for all of the support received during the sessions, something which I am sure will help me throughout life.
“I know that if I ever get trapped in its depths again, at least I know my way OUT.”
First of all I want to say a huge THANK YOU! for helping me to find my way out of my cave of SHAME and DESPAIR. I know I’m still a long way from being completely ok, but I know that if I ever get trapped in its depths again, at least I know my way OUT. Because of you, I’m now on a path that may lead to me one day being brave enough to do something crazy and scary but which will ultimately make me happy. Like writing or opening a farm using only miniature versions of animals. That last one might be a bit too mad… Anyway, thank you so, so much.
“It’s okay for me to look after myself too”
I would like to say a huge thank you for all of your help and support. You helped me realise that I can’t solve everyone’s problems for them and that it’s okay for me to look after myself too.
“thank you from the bottom of my heart”
I remember walking in & thinking what am I doing here, how can this woman even help me!! I had nothing to fear though because what Kerry did for me has really helped me enormously, I was able to raise issues that I hadn't dared speak off, I can actually go as far as saying that you've made me believe in myself, you have made me aware of so many things that I thought I was to blame for. I don't think I will ever be cured because every day there's a reminder somewhere of what I've been through but now I am able to analyse my subconscious and move forward from the thoughts. I nearly gave in halfway through our sessions but I am so grateful that you responded that day because I have come so far!! I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help in 12 weeks & I hope in the future you will see how far I’ve come.
“Kerry was very patient with me.”
I went into counselling not sure if ‘talking’ would actually do anything. Kerry was very patient with me and as the sessions continued I began to feel myself again. Kerry gave me an insight into how I could move forward and at the end my time with her I came out feeling stronger and more able to cope with any issues I might have to face in the future. I would certainly recommend counselling to anyone, as I now feel confident in coping with the unknown aspects of what lies ahead.
“She instantly made me feel at ease with her very soft voice and reassurance.”
I was in a really dark place when I first visited Kerry; she instantly made me feel at ease with her very soft voice and reassurance. I came out of my first session with a sense of hope that things were going to get better and after each visit I looked forward to the next with so much positivity radiating from Kerry – and eventually myself. I believe without Kerry’s help and support I wouldn’t be in such a positive place right now. I would highly recommend her services to anyone and everyone. Thank you once again for helping get my life back on track and see the most important things in life are me, my family and my goals.”
“I don’t know what would have happened if she hadn’t been there.”
I saw Kerry on two separate occasions while I was going through my awful heartbreak. She has helped me enormously by just being there for someone to talk to. Kerry always gave me advice and helped me get through my tough days. I wasn’t always able to talk to my family as they were in the middle of it, so having Kerry, who was on the outside really helped. It was nice going into the office where she is based as it is easy for me to get to and I was always offered a cup of tea or coffee which also helped me stay calm. I learnt some relaxation techniques off her and when we had finished them I was so relaxed and comfortable I didn’t really want to go back into the real world but she assured me that using these techniques when I get stressed will really help calm me back down. I would recommend Kerry to anyone looking for a counsellor as Kerry listens to everything you say and gives great advice. I don’t know what would have happened if she hadn’t been there.
“I can now focus on things which make me smile”
I went to Kerry when I was struggling with some family issues, which were causing extra stress and anxiety on my day to day life. I felt lost and confused as I didn’t know why I was feeling so low all of the time. However, now I feel more myself and have a better idea of what’s going on, so I can have a more upbeat future. I’m very grateful for her time as I can now focus on things which make me smile.
“She really cared and understood exactly how I felt”
I would like to thank Kerry so much. Kerry helped me through a difficult time, helped me realise that I was in control of my anxiety and built my confidence back up. She is really easy to talk to and I ended up looking forward to my sessions as I knew I would feel better after. She really cared and understood exactly how I felt. I am now enjoying life again to the full and I really do have Kerry to thank for that.
“I was incredibly skeptical that it would work. It did.”
Before I received counselling, I was incredibly skeptical that it would work. It did. Following each session, I felt the confusion and disorientation of my life lifting, and I felt each time, an improvement in my feelings of anxiety. During the period of time I received counselling, I was amazed at how simply talking, and being listened to in a valued and safe place could make such a difference to my life. Kerry, you were born to do this; you have a true gift to effortlessly enable others to open up to you; and address their issues in a way which is tailored impeccably to their needs. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You saved me.
“Kerry pulled me back from the precipice”
When I first met Kerry I was at rock bottom and I had no sense of self-worth, everyday tasks and challenges left me helpless and frustrated. Frankly, I felt like I would be better off dead. Kerry pulled me back from the precipice and made me realise how to reconnect with myself, how to start allowing myself moments of happiness and how to show my value to the family around me. She gave me coping strategies that were practical and achievable even when feeling like I couldn’t give my energy to anything. Kerry listened to my hard story and helped me to put the pain in the past where it belongs whilst recognising the way my life has shaped the person I am, she listened at the right times, she spoke at the right times, she recommended reading which really connected with me and showed she understood the roots of my issues. Kerry saved me and I feel like I have a chance at life despite losing so much of it to the prison of depression.
“Seeing Kerry each week was like a lifeline to me.”
Kerry has a natural ability to look at the issues each one of us can face and help focus your mind to the positive things that life can offer. I have been in some very dark places and seeing Kerry each week was like a lifeline to me. Her empathy and considerate manner of how I was emotionally and physically really helped me to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Kerry is indeed a wonderful lady who puts you at ease, has a very pleasant manner and will always make time for you. No matter what situation you find yourself in, I’m absolutely certain that she will help you to see what’s important and cut the wheat from the chaff.
“I’d wholeheartedly recommend her”
I was referred to Kerry following some difficulties with my work-life balance which were causing stress and low mood. It was invaluable to speak to someone who understood the issues and was able to work with me to immediately start tackling them and look at ways forward with a sensitive and positive, yet realistic approach. It’s all too easy to become overwhelmed with situations because you can’t find a solution yourself, but Kerry was able to help me put myself back in control by carefully assessing the situation and the circumstances. I’d wholeheartedly recommend her.
“have nothing but total respect for her competent and sympathetic approach to her work.”
My brother visited Kerry Quigley on a weekly basis for several months during the latter part of 2013. He suffers from early diagnosed Alzheimer’s, but also lacks confidence in communication skills and displays a general naivety regarding relationships with friends and acquaintances. Kerry focused on his communication skills and worked through a series of building blocks, emphasising the areas which are particularly troublesome and distressing for him. During his sessions with Kerry he gained confidence, was more relaxed, and was able to address issues with her, which she handled with both professionalism and sensitivity. I spoke with her on many occasions during this time, and have nothing but total respect for her competent and sympathetic approach to her work.
“A wonderful person and I am glad to have had the chance to meet and ‘work’ with”
I was in two minds as to whether or not seek counselling…I went to see Kerry in the hope that speaking to a neutral party will help me overcome my personal issues, hoping that I can try to make some sense of everything that had happened around me, causing my entire life and all relationships around me to crumble. I felt so at ease to speak with Kerry, the understanding, the compassion, the urge to help was evident from our first meeting. Kerry gave an objective view of the issues that were blocking my cognitive ability. Advising me on methods which may help me overcome my issues, advising me on how to approach certain issues. Just having Kerry to chat to made such a difference. She listened to every word with great care and professionalism. Kerry took a broken me and helped me piece myself together again…Kerry will most definitely be my first choice if I required counselling again. A wonderful person and I am glad to have had the chance to meet and ‘work’ with such a lovely person, shame about the circumstances but I find comfort to think that out of something to terrible came something good.
“I didn’t realise how much I needed to see her until I did”
I can’t thank Kerry enough for how she’s helped me. I didn’t realise how much I needed to see her until I did. She made me feel so at ease and I felt I could totally open up to Kerry and chat about anything and everything that was on my mind. I would recommend her to anyone. I went in very upset and down and my last session today I feel I’ve left with a huge weight gone from my shoulders and I feel great and it’s all down to Kerry’s help, support and understanding. I’m a 30 year old woman who never thought I’d need to see a counsellor but I’m so pleased I did. Thank you. x
“I couldn’t have gotten through it without you”
Thank you so much for all the support you have given me. These have been the worst six months of my life and I couldn’t have gotten through it without you there to listen, reassure and help remind me of who I am! I will take what you have ‘taught’ me and use it throughout my future life to come.
“When I came to you I was in a very dark place”
Just a note to thank you so much for the way you helped me cope and recover from my recent bout of anxiety and depression. When I came to you I was in a very dark place indeed but after six sessions with you I have reached the stage of being able to contemplate returning to work. Your calm, professional yet friendly manner was a great help to me in finding the root of my problem and your suggestions as to how I deal with it have proved invaluable.
“I feel I’ve got better tools to do the job”
When I first approached our Employee Assistance Program, it was because I was having difficulties in my relationship with my husband and felt like I was in a downward spiral of destruction. I was instigating and exacerbating problems which would then degenerate into bigger problems. In my opinion, everything else was OK. My mum had passed away about 6 weeks earlier and my mind hadn’t made the logical link that the two were related and that my feelings about losing my mum were causing ‘blurred vision’ of things around me. Whilst I had read about what grief does to you, I always believed I was a ‘tangible’ person, and that I could compartmentalise feelings whilst getting on with everyday activities. In retrospect, I was functioning at work, role-playing being a mum and pretty much destroying my marriage. Talking to you made me realise I wasn’t this emotional void, but that perhaps that I hadn’t read the instruction manual. I didn’t know what the emotions I experienced were called, how I could identify them in me and, more importantly, how I should deal with them. You gave me perspective in what I thought were big issues, gave me strength to look at the things I had previously shut away and showed me how to recognise the cause of the current ‘blurred vision’. From this, I gave myself permission to grieve. You helped me recognise my strengths and work on the emotional weaknesses to reach a more balanced approach to addressing conflict and upset. I’m still a work in progress, but I feel I’ve got better tools to do the job, and a few notes worth referring back to if I lose my way again! I’m not sure if any of this will be useful for your testimonies – either way; it’s an honest review of how I feel and a reiteration of my thanks for working with me.
North East, England
“You taught me when I feel darkness nipping at my heels”
Kerry, I want to say a massive thank you for all your patience, care and support. It’s because of you, that I can actually say Happy New Year and mean it, for the first time in a long time, I know how to take care of my own mental well being, and draw on coping mechanisms you taught me when I feel darkness nipping at my heels. Thank you will never seem enough to say to you, a lovely lady that helped me find myself again. I wish you every happiness in 2017. Take good care, love and very best wishes. x
“She helped me understand both mine & my partner’s behaviour and we were able to reconcile”
I came to Kerry in Sept / Oct 2016 following a major relationship shock / break-up. She was fantastic. She helped me understand both mine & my partner's behaviour and we were able to reconcile, which was a fabulous outcome for us as a family (we have 2 children together). She was so empathic without any smaltz & cut through all the emotion to the key points. I really valued her time and professional opinion. I was sorry to say goodbye once my sessions ended. She had become a trusted confidante. I would recommend her whole-heartedly. A very special lady.
“Thank you for the help and guidance you gave during our sessions.”
Kerry, I would like to thank you for the help and guidance you gave during our sessions. You gave me the tools and simple techniques to deal with my stress levels which have helped me improve my home life. I have never done counselling before and you made me feel at ease. I would highly recommend you to anyone that felt the need for counselling.
“You have a real gift and I thank God for it.”
I don’t think there is anything I can say that can really express how grateful I am to you for the work you did with me and the changes to my life that have happened because of the counselling. You helped me to deal with areas I have been afraid of for many years and which have had a big negative effect on me. You gave me a sense of total safety as I dealt with issues. It was/is a wonderful feeling and it helped me to move forward. That sense of safety and comfort remains with me. My anxiety and irritability have diminished and when negative feelings do occur they are dealt with quickly. I feel energised. I am sleeping well without nightmares. If I wake in the night, I can go back to sleep which has made a great difference to my day. There seems to be more perspective and balance in my life. Others have noticed the change! I don’t feel afraid any more. My spiritual life has changed, too and I’ve gone back to ideas and ways of praying I have neglected for years. Paraphrasing Luke Chapter 4 – you have given ‘sight to the blind, freedom to prisoners and Good News to the poor’. (Me!) You have a real gift and I thank God for it. I have spoken to colleagues about the value of your counselling and I have recommended you with enthusiasm, to my manager and HR as well as friends.”
“God bless you and keep you safe from all harm.”
“Thank you for helping me cope with one of the most difficult times I’ve ever experienced.”
“I couldn’t have done it without you”
Thank you for your help and guidance. I don’t know where I would have been if I hadn’t come to see you. I am now back to the person I was meant to be and I finally feel closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn’t have done it without you.
“I learnt to deal with my issues and move on from the pain I once felt”
I started my journey feeling unbelievably low. Low confidence, low self-belief, low motivation. I couldn't seem to see a way forward, I felt very lost, that life was never going to improve. Kerry helped me face the deep roots which had grown inside of me and session by session we managed to dig them out, bit by bit. I can't believe how I feel now- I can face anything that life throws at me, I learnt to deal with my issues and move on from the pain I once felt. Thank you for listening to me and helping me to understand my feelings so that I can now move on and begin to enjoy life again!
“Thank you so much for all that you have helped me to achieve.”
Thank you so much for all that you have helped me to achieve. I feel as though I have my life in perspective now and you have given me the tools to achieve this. I just want you to know how much I appreciate it.
“Given me a new respect, understanding and appreciation for my partner and our relationship”
Kerry, thank you so much for the wonderful support and advice you have given my partner and me. Together for 2 years, we had begun to go through cycles of repetitive arguments, and were starting to feel quite miserable with the state of our relationship. We both felt quite helpless to make changes and were even considering ending the relationship as it felt like our problems were irrevocably tied to who we were as people. Kerry is so warm, friendly and open and made us feel comfortable and listened to right away. It felt like we had established an understanding of one another by the first session as she was so easy to talk to. After one or two sessions, I started to notice the change in myself. By coming to Kerry with specific problems or arguments we had had, it provided a much-needed neutral space where we could pick the issue apart, as Kerry pushed us to explore the deeper reasons why we had reacted in certain ways. For me, this gave me a much fuller understanding of not only my partner’s motivations and sensitivities, but also my own, which stripped away the negative emotional charge that had made the issues so difficult to address. We found that the cycle of arguments was slowly breaking. She offered practical solutions to our problems where they were needed, and used some creative techniques to get us to look at our thinking and relationship in different ways. Overall, she has made me see that the problems we were having were definitely surmountable, and has given me a new respect, understanding and appreciation for my partner and our relationship.
“Thank you for helping me to see myself for who I am”
Thank you for helping me to see myself for who I am and understand why I do the things I do a little more clearly. You’ve given me a glimmer of hope where there was none. Your help and advice is greatly appreciated and helped me through a very dark and difficult period in my life. I have a long way to go but, for the first time, I can see the road ahead and what I have to do to continue on. Thank you.
“Knows how to listen and to adapt perfectly to any kind of situation”
Few months back I went through a dramatic event, losing my father, which changed me more than I could ever imagine and I couldn’t accept being like that anymore. Therefore I came to see Kerry and after 8 sessions, I feel that I have improved a lot and that with slow steps, I am becoming the person I used to be. Kerry is such a lovely and kind soul, who knows how to listen and to adapt perfectly to any kind of situation. She understood what I was going through and she always came up with advice on how I should beat the negative feelings and let space for the beautiful and calming things in my life. I can only be forever thankful for Kerry’s help and I am happy that I got the chance to work with her.
“She will set you on the road to recovery.”
I have to admit I wasn’t sure what counselling could achieve but I found that Kerry was able to put me at ease from the start. Kerry has a lovely empathetic nature that has allowed me to come to terms with my emotional state following an episode of stress and anxiety. This has allowed me to put things into perspective and to experiment with various techniques. I highly recommend counselling sessions with Kerry, she will set you on the road to recovery.
“I found the counselling to be very helpful”
Thank you for the support through what has been a very challenging time. I found the counselling to be very helpful. Thank you again.
“You have helped me understand more about anxiety.”
I have enjoyed coming to see you. You have helped me understand more about anxiety. I will miss you.
“With thanks to you I understand my feelings and emotions better than I ever have before.”
I felt broken when I first came to you but the counselling you have given me has been invaluable and with your guidance, understanding and support I feel like a stronger and more confident person. With thanks to you I understand my feelings and emotions better than I ever have before. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with you and if the road I’m on gets bumpy again in the future you would be my first port of call. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.