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)

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)

For the first time, I feel hopeful and optimistic about my future” (F, aged 18)

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)

I don’t feel nervous anymore. I just feel excited!” (D, aged 8)

Thank you helping me to get out of the bad place” (S, aged 14)

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)

You help me so much.” (H, aged 11)

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)

This has just helped so much. Thank you so much” (J, aged 12)

You’re a magician! I feel better already! I just realised I don’t have a disorder. This is trauma” (T, aged 14)

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 think I would have been a completely different person if I hadn’t met youYou helped me to recognise my emotions!” (M, aged 14)

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 weird to say the things I used to need to do now!” (L, aged 12)

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)

You’ve helped me to see that I want to show up for myself in more ways. I didn’t even realise before I was harming myself in the way I treat myself” (K, aged 21)

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

I was missing out before, but now I love going out and I don’t feel worried. I even walk to school alone!” (I, aged 10)

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 are a very good therapy teacher to me and I am very lucky to have you in my life!” (H, aged 8)

You’ve really helped me” (J, aged 17)

There has been no one in my life who was that adult containing figure before you. I wish there was someone like you in my actual life” (F, aged 21)

I 100% used to worry about what people thought of me, but I don’t anymore.” (P, aged 11)

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)

I love to speak to you – you have all the good words that help!” (J, aged 12)

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)

Sessions have been so helpful. I don’t think that I would have got here without you. It’s been amazing” (D, 20)

Laura is good at helping me with talking about feelings. We have fun” (F, aged 8)

I find a lot of comfort talking to you” (J, aged 20)

I think the sessions with Laura are really helping me” (G, aged 9)

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

I’ve learnt so much about the way I think and about the way my brain works” (H, aged 21)

It’s bitter sweet to end. I love talking to you, but so pleased I feel better” (B, 20)

There’s absolutely no way I would have got this far without your help” (Y, aged 16)

I couldn’t have done it without you” (C, aged19)

“It’s weird coming here, because even though I know doctors are meant to be nice, you’re like really, REALLY nice!” (G, aged 12)

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

“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.”

The work you have done has been life changing for us. It’s the best money we’ve ever spent. You unlocked something in our child. We’ve had no sleep issues since.”

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

“I can’t thank you enough for all your time helping and make me understand more its been life saving really”

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

Your support has been transformational. Our whole house is calmer.”

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.

You have been the one ray of light at a time when everything was going downhill at a tremendous velocity!

“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”    

[Child] hasn’t mentioned the nightmares since he saw you – only nice dreams he’s been having!”

This has been the best money I’ve ever spent – it’s been life changing”

“I was at parents evening yesterday, and I was listening to the teacher’s praise and looking at [child] looking at the teachers, and I just kept thinking about you and what you’ve done for her”

You’re fantastic Laura. More than fantastic. I hope you can continue to keep helping lots of people for a long time to come.”

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

You are just so kind. I really value you. You genuinely care

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

“[Child] is emotionally regulated and able to discuss some of the more challenging aspects from his birth story. The unique and age appropriate way Laura is able to engage with [Child] is astounding”

A MASSIVE thank you for all your help with [Child], helping to get her over a very sad and difficult stage”. 

You make me feel stronger

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

“[Child] is sleeping well again now, she’s full of beans and back to her old self again, and school say she’s doing a lot better too

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

It’s been amazing having you at the school meetings. I feel like you help me not to be over-protective, and the school not to push [child] too hard. You help us all to be a little bit vulnerable and work together. I no longer feel blamed and shamed. It’s been so helpful

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

You don’t even know how much you have helped me and the kids

You are [Child’s] safe place. Thank you Laura. A lot.”

We can now have a conversation with [Child] about something that would previously have led to an explosion!

“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

This morning couldn’t of gone better thank you, you were spot on in your kind & gentle guidance, advice and questions. It was wonderful seeing you so cleverly unpick everything to the point of revealing true hurts of the past […] Thank you very much for supporting us both today, I have always trusted you implicitly to look out for my [Child]

“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”

It’s so good to speak to someone who just get’s it! Thank you for all you do. We feel your style is exactly right for [Child]. He doesn’t even realise he’s doing therapy! He thinks he’s playing, but it’s helping him so much“.

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!”

Everyone has noticed a difference in [Child’s] confidence since she has been seeing you

“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.”

All these conversations are so helpful. I feel that they allow me to hit ‘re-set’ each time and learn something more

“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

Thank you. You were exactly what [child] needed. Without you, I don’t think she would have been able to make the move [of schools]. You’ve been amazing and her confidence has just gone whoosh!

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]

Really appreciate all you have done for [Child] and getting her to open up about [difficulties] quite early on

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

[Child] seems to be very happy and I’m very grateful for all of your work with her. I know she valued it immensely.”

Today was incredibly helpful! And made sense of the complete chaos we have found ourselves in!”

“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 can’t wait to start putting some of the new methods into practice and I cannot wait to get in bed for a cuddle with [Child] tonight.”

You’re a wonderful teacher and you’ve made [Child’s] difficulties understandable in a way that even my family get it now too

She’s really turned a corner. She’s REALLY benefiting from these sessions

Thank you for all you are doing, I am hugely grateful and relieved [Child] has you now in her life

We will always be indebted to you for the relationship you built with [Child] and for your thoughtfulness in all the work you did with her

Thanks Laura, you’ve really helped me

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)

The work you have done here has made such a powerful impact. Our staff are all thinking much more clearly about the deeper needs of our children and the children are thriving. We have learnt so much from you, thank you” (Manager, Residential Children’s Home)

You are simply amazing and so so helpful, a very big thank you for all your insight and help we are very grateful.” (Pastoral Lead, Independent Boarding School)

What you just did in there was the single most helpful intervention this family has had. You have kept that placement together” (Supervising Social Worker)

The training is amazing. I am learning so much” (Senior Child Practitioner, Residential Children’s Home)

“[Child’s’] teachers have seen a huge change/improvement in [Child’s] emotional maturity, self regulation, confidence and ability to accept feedback without getting upset” (SENCO)

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)

[Child] presents at school as a very happy and confident child whose learning has really opened up now she is not so hard on herself” (Independent Needs Assistant)

“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)

Many thanks for leading the sessions […] the quality of feedback here is exceptional and will allow a great deal of follow-up work to occur” (Deputy Headteacher)

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

It’s so helpful to have a psychologist willing to attend meetings and get to know the network” (Social Worker)