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 therefore do not include any of the 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)

I can’t believe how much you understood me from our first session […] I feel like a whole weight has been lifted off my shoulders […] you couldn’t have helped me any better […] you can’t even begin to think what you’ve done for me” (T, aged 14)

Thank you so so much for all you have done to make me feel so much better” (G, aged 16)

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

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)

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 feel a lot happier and more confident around others now – I don’t even care if they might be judging me!” (D, aged 17)

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

I don’t know how you do it. You’re like a wizard!” (D, aged, 17)

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’ve not been worried at all since I spoke to you” (H, aged 13)

I’ve definitely told you more than I’ve ever told anyone I’ve met with before” (J, aged 15)

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 like a different person. I know my life is going to be good now” (H, aged 17)

“I’m not thinking about the past at all anymore. You’ve got to move on” (F, aged, 17)

Since we last spoke, I’ve found it much easier to get to sleep, even when I’m worried” (G, aged 14)

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)

In the past two weeks, I’ve only felt worried once and it went away really quickly” (G, aged 14)

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)

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

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

Therapy has helped me in so many ways. Something just clicked one day. I just feel more accepting of everything” (H, aged 17)

“…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 really feel so much better being able to speak openly about this stuff and I understand now how the way I feel now links to my past” (D, aged 17)

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

You’ve helped me loads. I think I would have just spiraled out of control without your help.” (T, aged 16)

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)

The way you’ve just put it has really helped me make sense of everything. I’ve never thought of it in that way” (B, aged 17)

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

You couldn’t have done more that could have been more helpful. You’ve been great!” (H, aged 16)

 

Parents and Foster Carers

“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

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

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.

“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”    

Your help today was fantastic and cleared up so many of my uncertainties. And you did magic with [child]. He has been pretty much normal since you spoke and hasn’t mentioned the worries

It’s the best thing we’ve ever done. You’ve changed everything!

“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

[Child] continues to really benefit from the sessions and I’ve seen a great improvement in so many elements of her life. So many times recently I’ve heard her laughing and joyful again and I realise just how far she’s come

“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”

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!

She’s [child] getting stronger all the time! She’s so much more confident and resilient

“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

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

You have been such a source of support and comfort to us and a touchstone to go to over the past year

“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 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!”

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 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”

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

“[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

She’s come so far and you have been incredible in your patience, empathy and support of her. You have been her ‘safe place’ in the midst of this storm and I cannot tell you the number of times I have given thanks that we somehow, amazingly, found you.”

I don’t know what we would have done without you over the past year. I really mean that

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

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

“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

“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.”

Both children feel happier and are less conflicted

You’ve been a breath of fresh air amongst the circus that has been going on around [Child]!

Thank you so much, as always, for your support and steer. Her trust in you is absolute and it is such a comfort to us

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

I just wanted to say a huge ‘thank you’ for all your help with [Child] over the last few months […] we are also seeing a more positive, cheery and upbeat [Child]

You are a brilliant therapist!

You are an excellent teacher… you know how to talk to people in a way that they can hear you

Thanks Laura, you’ve really helped me

 

Other Professionals

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)

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)

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)

“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)

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, Independent Boarding School)

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

What can I say but a very big thank you for your amazing support to us as a school, we are very grateful for your insight. How did we ever manage without your support to the pupils and us?!” (Pastoral Manager, Independent School)

I would just like to say an ENORMOUS thank you […] your comments and suggestions have helped me to feel much more confident” (Teacher, Primary School)

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