I've been seeing Glenda for sometime now as I've had some deep seated sadness and grief. I lost my mum ten years ago and my dad four months ago. I thought I needed to keep seeing Glenda as she is going to help me through that so I don't fall apart.
I think as humans we think we need to be falling apart before we see some sort of therapist, but in actual fact prevention is so much better.
I was a devastated pregnant mum when I first came to see Glenda. I’d not long found out that there were severe complications with my baby and against medical advice we chose not to terminate the pregnancy. I felt judged and misunderstood. Glenda offered genuine non-judgemental support and encouragement for me as I worked through this intense grief during my pregnancy and once I’d delivered my baby who died shortly afterward. I found my voice, my way of dealing with my loss and gave myself permission to tell my story in a way I could be true to me. During this time I also gained a new perspective on how this extremely painful experience could help me discover my purpose and passion for how I could make a difference to others as I moved into my future.
When I came to see Glenda I was a mess! I couldn’t stop crying! I’d injured myself at work and my world was falling apart fast. I soon realized that it wasn’t just my injury that was affecting me, but a lifetime of issues that were haunting me and keeping me in this mess. With Glenda’s professional and validating approach she helped me face the demons of my past, realise my worth as a human being and as a mother and helped me see how my future could look very different from my past, which I used to think was an impossibility. I have begun to think differently about myself, more positive…and for the most part, I feel so much happier! I’m even coping with the challenges in my world so much better than I did before. I’m still a work in progress, but I’m so grateful for all that I’ve learned and the new tools I now have to help me keep putting my life back together again.
I had always put a lot of pressure on myself to perform well. But in my final year of my degree my anxiety began to feel out of control. I went to see Glenda as she was recommended by my GP. While working with her I realized that my anxious feelings about myself and my performance (in every area of my life) went way deeper than just wanting to get great results. She was able to help me identify and work on the irrational beliefs that had become so normal to me. As a result my confidence began to grow, not just in what I could do, but who I was as an individual. I started seeing myself through different eyes which allowed me to be okay with who I am, not always striving to please someone else to get the approval I needed.
I decided to seek counselling after a long string of traumas in my life that had finally worn me down to a place where I felt completely hopeless. Glenda offered me hope, and validated me in all of my stuff. I hadn’t had anyone do that for me in a while. Through the course of my sessions with her she gave me some really practical tools and methods that helped me shift my thinking from being a shame-filled victim - of abuse, relationship breakdown, incredible grief and loss of identity – to a place of seeing and really understanding my value for maybe the first time in my life! I felt really heard. Over the weeks I began to see myself differently. I learned how to really forgive myself and others who’d let me down. As I put into practice the tools she taught me my relationship with myself and my kids changed for the better, and although my life isn’t perfect and I still have challenges ahead, I feel so much better equipped to move forward and live my life with meaning and purpose. I feel like I know who I am now!
Glenda's care and genuine heart to see people at all stages of life free from unhealthy patterns and negative thoughts, to see them fulfilled and full of purpose, is inspiring. I have seen it first hand through those I've recommended. Novo Counselling has my highest recommendation.
If you, or someone you know, is going through a tough time, talking to someone might sound like a simplistic solution, but it really is one of the best possible things you can do. Glenda is someone I trust and someone I would recommend to you.