Testimonials

 

Below is a selection of written and verbal feedback that I have received from the young people, families and colleagues I have had the pleasure to work alongside…

(Please note that these comments have been taken entirely from my private work and does not include any of the lovely feedback that I have received through my work in the NHS or with children’s social services)

 

Young People

For the first time ever, I’m optimistic that things will improve. I’m already sleeping better, I’m not so worried and I hardly need to do [compulsions] anymore” (S, aged 18)

Therapy with you has helped me so much. If I was going through this [crisis] before I’d had therapy with you, I’d think I was just a crazy person. You’ve helped me to like myself.” (M, aged 19).

I didn’t feel it before, but now I really know that my parents love me” (G, aged, 10)

Whenever I speak to you, I always feel like a HUGE weight has been lifted off my shoulders!” (G, aged 16)

I just feel happy” (N, aged 13)

I feel great! I’ve had no big meltdowns all week, just one little huff!” (S, aged 9)

It feels a bit silly to have been so upset about this stuff now – it’s all in the past. I don’t really think about it anymore” (T, aged 12)

I can’t believe what I’ve managed to do. I feel so proud of myself. I feel my life is going to be good now” (F, aged 13)

You’ve really helped me” (J, aged 17)

This is the best I’ve felt in three years!” (C, aged, 16). 

I’m more open with you than I am with my own Mum! I completely trust you and always feel better when I speak to you” (G, aged 15)

Thank you for being my C.B.T. person. I will miss you very much, you have changed me.” (D aged 9)

This teddy didn’t have a name before, but now it’s called Laura!” (C, aged 10)

Thanks Laura for everything you done!” (F aged 8)

My compulsions are lots, lots, LOTS better!” (M, aged 16)

When I first met you, I was having worries all the time. I couldn’t be away from my Mum and Dad and couldn’t stop talking about the worries. I didn’t want to do anything else and just wanted to stay in bed. Now I’m having fun again and was able to go on a camping trip with my friend” (G, aged 12)

“…I felt so alone but you really seemed to understand what I was going through and never judged me. You’ve helped me […] to make sense of my illness […] I have now accepted myself for who and what I am. […] Thanks to you I have grown in so many ways and have come out much stronger person.” (B, aged 16)

I feel like I’m starting to know myself again and know what’ important to me” (C, aged 17)

I don’t think I’ve had a worry for about three days now. I still have them occasionally, but they just come and go. Before, they were all the time and I couldn’t do anything else.” (W, aged 12)

Thank you so much for our session, you made me feel incredibly comfortable” (D, aged 24)

You help everyone! You helped me! Thank you so much!” (H, aged 10)

 

Parents

“Thank God we found you! You have done so much to help [child]. She trusts you implicitly and it is a huge relief to know we’re not tackling these complicated issues alone.”

My only regret is that we didn’t find you earlier

We’re so happy with the support you have offered [child]. It’s invaluable to her. I can’t imagine the situation we would be in now if we didn’t have you. We’d be in a real crisis. We’re so relieved we found you.

Laura was warm and welcoming and put us at ease. She is very approachable, as well as extremely knowledgeable”

“Laura was extremely good at keeping lines of communication open with me about my child’s issues around his sessions. She was careful and extremely invested in my son’s health and well-being and in well-being as a parent. She helped us navigate through some extremely difficult situations. My only regret is not finding her sooner. I have already recommended her to a friend”

“I’m absolutely thrilled that she feels so comfortable talking to you and I’m learning all the time! I have your voice in my head these days! To be honest, I’m made up…!”

I just feel that everything is better

I feel that we are able to communicate better with each other as parents than we ever have before, thanks to you

I’m delighted that you’ve been able to help us. It’s made a huge difference. HUGE!

“You’ve really helped us all a lot – including in our interactions with each other. We’re all a lot calmer!”

After speaking to you, I feel better. stronger and more resilient for the week ahead

What you’ve offered us is invaluable. I used to be covered in bruises – there is nothing like that now. We are growing together… I just can’t wait to give her a hug when she gets home

I don’t know how you do it, but she absolutely loves coming here to meet with you… and we’ve seen such a difference in her

We’ve seen the best version of her I can remember since you’ve been seeing her. I’m amazed everyday with how she copes

“I loved the space and Laura was non-judgemental and allowed us to express our concerns freely. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your input, non-judgement and kindness during our session […] has made a big impact on our day-to-day lives […] I feel positive about the future and hopefully can start being kinder to myself too”

She has more faith now in our love and feelings for her now”

“I liked the science/evidence-based approach and the way Laura explained ideas and concepts with diagrams – this definitely helped to simplify things. The general overall message that children’s brains are not just miniature versions of our own (something I knew but didn’t fully comprehend I think) has really helped me to better deal with my daughter”

“[Child] is much happier on balance and optimistic for the future. I think the progress that she has made with you has been fantastic, and she seems to have responded to this work much better than anything we have tried previously”

She’s really changing. What would have been an awful moment in the past, she’s figured out for herself before anyone else even notices

“I can’t thank you enough for all your time, support and warmth”.

You’ve unlocked a huge part of her personality that I didn’t understand before. It’s been wonderful and I’m so thankful. It’s been brilliant

“I can see lots of positive changes – we aren’t just treading the same old beaten path anymore. It’s brilliant”

“Laura, I can’t thank you enough. I just feel so relieved”

Everyone can see that things are better now. I feel so much more capable as a parent

We’ve seen the best version of her I can remember since you’ve been seeing her. I’m amazed everyday with how she copes

“Thank you. You are lovely! Thank you for making me laugh!”

“Thank you. She’s engaged with you better than anyone in the past. We’re really seeing the positives – it’s making such a difference. I think you’ve managed to find a way to challenge her in a way that others haven’t.”

“I feel so much more confident. I can see now that I am moving in the right direction and I’m a good enough parent.”

“Thank you so much for your time last week – you gave us lots of food for thought! […] We are also taking lots of your advice when it comes to our way of speaking to [Child]. After an extraordinarily challenging week we feel like he is starting to seem a little happier and maybe reassured.”

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all of your input, non judgement and kindness during our session the other day. […] I feel I am more positive around [Child] and turning some of her tantrums into opportunities to play has made a big impact on our day-to-day lives. […] I do feel positive about the future and hopefully can start being kinder to myself too”

“It must take it out of you. You do such an amazing job!”

 

Foster Carers

“Since seeing you we have felt the most supported we have ever felt and feel optimistic now that things will finally improve for [Child]”

You’ve really opened our eyes. Before meeting you, we would have just responded with anger and punishment to this behaviour, but now we can see all the stuff that’s under it and we know now how to help”    

 

Teachers and School Staff

Thank you for all your support and hard work. We know that our children have benefited enormously from the support and advice that you have given to our teachers” (Head Teacher)

“Thank you […] The feedback we get from the girls who have seen you has been so positive” (Deputy Head Teacher)

Thank you so much for all your incredible work with [Child], It’s lovely to see the progress she is making” (Case Worker, Virtual School for Looked After Children)

I just wanted to say on behalf of all the pastoral and safeguarding  team a very big thank you from us all for all your support and help over the last year;  your feedback  to us as a team has been invaluable, enabling us more fully understand key issues and how best  to support our girls, thank you so much” (Pastoral Manager, Boarding School)

We’re so grateful to have you on board. You’re help is so valuable to us at the moment!” (Deputy Head)

 

Other Professionals 

You are a brilliant psychologist with an enviable ability to name what is difficult, say the unsaid and be really brilliantly straightforward” (Occupational Therapist)

“The trust that family have in you is just amazing” (Senior Social Worker)

“It’s been terribly, terribly helpful how you got everyone round the table and helped everyone share their thoughts and ideas, so not one view dominated” (Senior Social Worker)

The report you wrote for the GP about this family was excellent and so helpful, thank you” (Psychotherapist)