- I was in a very dark time of my life when I met Charles. My wife and I just got divorced and it felt like everything around me was falling apart. During our times together we talked about things I never thought I would ever talk about. I said to him a few times “I don’t know how you do it”, but he helped me to see that it was actually me, not him, who had the strength to get through this. I now understand myself and the way I am with other people much better.

- I had a bad experience with another counsellor, so I was careful to not get myself into a situation like that again. A friend who went to Charles before suggested that I go and see him, and I am very glad I did. His warm and caring nature made me feel at ease straight away. I also didn’t expect a therapist to have a sense of humour! The sessions offered me the opportunity to finally deal with a trauma I suffered earlier in life. I am now able to cope with the stresses of life and look to the future with hope and possibility.

- Before we got married, we went to Charles for pre-marital counselling. We were referred to him by friends who saw him before they got married. We were quite nervous the first time we went, but his warm nature put us at ease straight away. He helped us to think and talk through so many things we did not consider before. We’ve been married for 1 year now, and our first year of marriage was an absolute joy. We often refer back to the things we came to understand during our time with Charles, and it has many times saved us from having arguments! We would definitely recommend his service.

- Very professional service. Charles was able to understand my work situation very well, probably because of his previous business experience. It took a lot for me to go for therapy in the first place as I didn’t think it would help me, but this is maybe because I had a different view of what counselling was before I met Charles. His experience and expertise was evident throughout, although I never felt that he was “analysing” me or acting as if he was the expert. I am very grateful for his help and support.

- I thought about going for counselling many times in my life, but I think I was afraid of what I would find out about myself. I considered myself to be depressed from a young age, even though I never discussed it with anyone. Things got really bad for me last year, and for the first time I started thinking about suicide. I confided in a friend for the very first time, and she helped me to look for a therapist. I was very apprehensive about going, but was overwhelmed by the level of acceptance I felt from Charles. I saw him regularly for just over a year and there were times when I only survived the week knowing that we would have our regular time on a Friday. It wasn’t easy to face all the things in my life and to deal with the abuse I suffered as a child, but now I cannot imagine still thinking the way I did before I started therapy. I see the world very differently now.

- I knew for some time that my drug use was getting out of control, but I didn’t know what to do about it. If my employers found out I thought I would lose my job, so I felt I couldn’t go to rehab. Charles never told me what to do, but I felt that he cared for me in a way I have not felt before. I discovered why I was using drugs in the first place and the shame I felt about it got less, to the point where I decided to be open with my family and friends about my drug problem. I don’t think I could have done it without his support.

- I didn’t know what to expect and was quite apprehensive at first, but Charles was not at all what I expected. I was expecting a therapist like we see on TV or in the movies, and for him to ask me, “So how do you feel about that?” every two minutes, but it wasn’t like that at all. He was just a normal person. I felt at ease almost immediately and he helped me to understand my struggle with the eating disorder I had. I don’t want to think about where I would have been now if it wasn’t for Charles. Thank you. 

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