Being a typical man, I had never considered counselling before but having done it, I would recommend it to anyone going through a tough time in life, especially blokes who tend to bottle up stuff and put on a brave face.
Once the appointment was made I was dreading it, but Julie made me feel at ease almost immediately and the first session was getting lots off my chest that had been hanging around for a long time… years in fact for some of it.
The sessions which lasted for a good 18 months [reducing in frequency over time] were always well structured and a good balance between my talking and Julie asking questions.
Nothing was difficult to discuss and some of the coaching Julie gave me, helped me to handle and react to situations in a different manner to my normal approach. It did not always go 100% to plan, but her tips and strategies certainly helped get me through a tough period.
I was soon able to move off prescription medication and fix a number of broken relationships and also, I became more pragmatic in my approach I had with people who I had previously struggled to tolerate.
Not everything in life is perfect, but the help that Julie has given me has brought me into a far better place than I was 18 months ago and I am very much looking forwards and not backwards.
Just having someone you can talk openly and honestly about anything that is going on, I found a great help.