The Benefits of Counselling
It's been a privilege to have journeyed with my past clients through their traumatic times in life. I'd like to say a heart felt thank you to all of you and thank you to those who have allowed me to share some of their thoughts and feelings about how counselling has impacted their lives, moving them closer towards their happier future. Here are some of their new beginnings...
Tom - 60 years
"I can thoroughly recommend Ingrid as a counsellor. She helped me through a very difficult time and as a result of her gently probing sessions I was enabled to see that I have more choices in life than I had realised. Ingrid is an acute listener and helped me to hear how the way I speak reflected my negative feelings about myself. More than this, Ingrid helped me to change the way I feel about my life and the world. Thank you!”
J. R. - 23 years
“Ingrid was a very insightful, respectful, and professional Counsellor. She helped me think about questions that I hadn't thought of that led me to a much more happier and stable outlook on myself and my life. She didn't give me a lecture on how I should help myself, but through talking things out and bringing another perspective on things, was able to help me help myself truly. I am very pleased to recommend her service."
Gemma - 32 years
“Ingrid I am eternally grateful for the time you gave me. The help you provided will help me for a lifetime. Thank you so much for your kindness and expertise. I now have hope that I will learn to love myself and move forward from my childhood".
Henry - 23 years
"I called Ingrid at a difficult time, at first I was very sceptical about the whole therapy thing. Never the less Ingrid explained and planned everything.
As our sessions progressed Ingrid helped me through my path making me see myself and my close family and friends in a different light.
Moving towards the end of my sessions we explored ways for me to deal with anxiety and stress and overcome these problems.
I would thoroughly recommend Ingrid as she helped me over come and conquer my path teaching me to manage self-worth and gain confidence.
Ingrid has been great. Never once felt uncomfortable when in our sessions."
Jess - 21 years
"When I started having sessions with
Ingrid I was at a really low point in my life. She supported me through some very difficult decisions, gave me guidance, coping techniques and reassurance. She has had such a positive impact on my outlook on life and helped me to find my own happiness. She is an inspirational woman and I am forever grateful for the sessions we had together."
Less - 76 years
"I visited Ingrid a few times and found her very professional and understanding. I would recommend her very highly."
Sarah - 41 years
" I highly recommend Ingrid for anyone who, like me, has hit a low point and can't see a way forward. Ingrid worked with me and helped me identify who I truly am. She has helped me managed my anxiety by helping me to understand the hidden triggers from past trauma and by providing me with some invaluable breathing techniques. I encourage anyone who is wondering if counselling is right for them to take the first step and give Ingrid a call. I am so thankful I did and its the best investment in myself I have ever made."
Abbie - 23 years
"Words can’t describe how much gratitude I have for Ingrid and this journey we have been on for the last 8 months. It has been truly life changing. When I came to Ingrid I was a shell of myself and didn’t know how I ever would find myself again let alone love myself. Thanks to Ingrid listening, asking the questions no one else asks, getting me to really get to know how my mind works, giving a different perspective from her own experiences and most of all providing the tools I need to continue working on myself, I finally have found peace and happiness within myself. Thank you Ingrid for giving me back my 20’s!"
Kellie - 26 years
"I don't even know where to start, thank you doesn't come close to how grateful I really am. I was super lucky to have found Ingrid at a very difficult time in my life. Not knowing how I was going to get out of this big black hole, Ingrid offered our initial phone conversation which, never for one second felt rushed or forced!
Continuing to have face to face sessions for a number of months, Ingrid is the perfect listener, the most patient and caring woman. She has taught me things I will carry with me forever, made me view my life a whole different way and for that reason I am now a completely different person, for the better!!!!!
Thank you Ingrid from the bottom of my heart, I will forever be grateful!
Sarah - 41
"Ingrid helped me immensely to get through a very difficult time after a breakup from a toxic relationship. I had my very young daughter to look after by myself yet I could not function in any meaningful way. I was in tears almost constantly and certainly depressed with no self esteem. I had a lot of past trauma and grief come up. Ingrid guided me through this time in her compassionate way. I am doing so much better now so I am very grateful to Ingrid. Ingrid taught me that it is ok to cry and to feel our emotions, in fact, it is essential for our wellbeing."
Rebecca - 21
"When I first started my journey with Ingrid my head was a mess and i couldn't understand why; I thought I had put everything to bed.
With each session, I had with Ingrid - I realised that I hadn't actually dealt with the trauma I had been through, I had learnt to deal with it the only way I knew how, by burying them away.
Ingrid taught me coping mechanisms and techniques and showed me that it'sokay not to be okay and for that I will be forever grateful to her for that.
"Anonymous" - 24 years
" I can’t lie, counselling was a difficult but necessary journey for me. Despite my initial fear of sharing what was going on, Ingrid was patient, she said she would listen, I could talk about it all, and I was safe now. At first, I didn’t know how. After years of suppressing my emotions, I’d forgotten how to express them. It would have been easier to stay inside the walls I’d built for myself, but Ingrid was there week after week with her kind words and empathetic nature, she took my hand and guided me out, and to my surprise, I found my words. Now, I can see a path towards happiness and a sense of freedom that I couldn’t see before. I’m still on that path, but I would never have found it if it wasn’t for Ingrid. Now, I feel empowered enough to walk that path on my own. Thank you for everything, Ingrid."
Ella - 29 years
“I was a client of Ingrid's for just over a year and cannot thank her enough. When I started my weekly sessions I was in a desperate place but with Ingrid's help and non-judgemental ear I am now in a position to return to full-time work for the first time in over three years. With Ingrid as my sounding board for worries about both the past and the future I found the confidence to work on sorting myself out and I will always be grateful for our sessions. I am constantly recommending her to friends!”
Lisa - 46 years
“I came to you nearly four years ago. Through your time and commitment, sitting and listening to me, on a more or less weekly basis, questioning my thoughts and beliefs, mostly listening so I could hear them so that I could hear what I was saying.
I was angry and occasionally wanted to run. I found some compassion for me. Today I am alive. Today I am good enough for me. I don’t just say that, I believe that. Today I am alive and loving life today. Today I am looking forward to the challenges life will bring.
Thank you for giving me the time I needed. One of the biggest gifts life has given me was you. My soul thanks you. I know you will have an amazing future helping people, listening to them to find their better selves. When I think of you I will always be filled with gratitude.
We did it !
Arvey - 37 years
"I had recently finished rehab for substance misuse and started having counselling with Ingrid. We worked together for three years. The sessions I have had with Ingrid have helped me grow into a stronger and better person. I am able to deal with everyday life and no longer need to pick up a drink or use drugs. My counselling sessions with Ingrid have helped me accept my past and I am able to move forward with my life. I could not be where I am today without these counselling sessions with Ingrid. I know she's always there if I need help.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Ingrid for all the counselling sessions I've had with her. She has helped me deal with all the struggles I used to have in my life. I have recommended Ingrid in the past and will continue to do so."
Reece - 22 years
"Ingrid really helped me through my counselling, she provided a very good service, was incredibly helpful and understanding and made me think of things from a different perspective which was very helpful. I really don’t know where I’d be without her help, I cannot thank her enough, honestly. I would highly recommend if you’re looking into starting counselling to give her a call or text, you won’t regret it. Thank you Ingrid."
Laura - 28 years
"I came to Ingrid through a recommendation and was at a very dark point and didn’t know if I even wanted to commit to the counselling. I’m so glad I did as Ingrid truly saved me. I’d mostly been coping and didn’t ever see myself getting to the person I am now. But with Ingrid’s patience, kindness and honesty, I’m alive. I reflect on my time with Ingrid and it’s helped shape the way I now deal with emotions and situations and I feel incredibly proud of myself and my strength. I’ll be forever grateful to Ingrid for guiding me towards the happiness I am capable of having. "
Chris - 42 years
" I didn’t think I was the type of person who'd benefit from counselling, but at one of the worst moments of my life, Ingrid helped me through it to come out a much stronger person who understood my self and my journey much better. It enabled me to move on with my life as a much more confident person with much more self belief. Thank you Ingrid "
Tami - 21 years
" I met Ingrid through a consultation that I had with my mentor at my University’s Mental Health and Well-Being centre, Throughout the 6 months I spent in counselling, Ingrid was extremely insightful, professional and has played a major role in my self development and growth.
During my time with her, we explored several themes surrounding emotions, attachment styles and esteem; how these themes affected different aspects of my life, and where issues surrounding these themes stemmed from. Her guidance and prompting allowed me to really question the way I viewed the world, and myself. We discussed tactics that help me combat the issues I was facing. Tactics that I use often, even to this present day.
I would highly recommend Ingrid and her services to others. She is absolutely amazing at what she does, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have met her. Thank you Ingrid!”
Graham - 39
"I started my journey with I C Counselling not really knowing what would come up and how it would affect me. The minute I sat down I was made to feel comfortable and at ease whilst being given a platform and freedom to open up and speak. The relief that flowed out over each session helped me move forward and overcome a lot. I couldn't recommend ICC more, if you need help pick up the phone and give them a call, you will take the same journey I did and feel great for doing so"
Venitia - 30
"I had hit a period of time in my life where it felt like everything was piling on top of me and I no longer had the strength to hold myself up. Even the tiniest unexpected event or innocent question could set me over the edge and I knew I couldn't hold on without help.
Having previously tried a few counselling sessions with another therapist for other reasons, I wanted to try again and found Ingrid. Through open, friendly, and non-judgemental sessions we untangled my problems like last year's Christmas lights, and I managed to see everything much more clearly. I was able to work through the pressures I was putting on myself, as well as let go of situations and relationships which were beyond my control. I'm now able to take care of myself without guilt, and not shut down under even the smallest amount of confrontation. Your mind is like a broken bone - it can't always heal on its own. I will be able to take Ingrid's teaching with me for life, and I will forever be grateful to her!
I can fully recommend counselling to anyone who is on the fence, particularly with Ingrid."
Rebecca - 20 years
“Thank you very much for all your help and support over the past few months. You are a very inspirational woman and I feel I have become a stronger person because of my counselling sessions. It’s been an honour working with you. All the best for the future”.
Andy - 46 years
“I began my counselling whilst finishing a 6 month residential treatment programme to help me understand my substance misuse issues. I felt the need for counselling to continue looking at my past addiction issues and general life issues combined with some behavioural and thinking patterns that I had developed throughout my addiction.
I think that Ingrid is a very competent counsellor and over a year and a half of working with her I received a high level of counselling which gave me a great opportunity to look at my past behaviours and thinking and correct them accordingly and put new tools into action in my ongoing recovery. I have felt the benefits and continue to have a positive life, and get the rewards of recovery from substance misuse.
It was a privilege to work with Ingrid and a positive experience from start to finish. I appreciate the challenges and feedback I received from Ingrid which enabled me to grow and develop through our working relationship.”
Sam - 26 years
"My experience of counselling for the very first time was a very positive experience. I emailed Ingrid and we had a phone call to discuss the best course of action. This gave me an idea of what to expect and the call in itself was therapeutic.
Personally I only needed a couple of sessions to feel better about my anxiety. Ingrid helped me feel so much better about myself and my issues at the time. I'd thoroughly recommend her to anyone seeking help."
Aaron - 30 years
"Ingrid was my councillor for a few months, and from leaving the very first session I felt instantly lighter. I was surprised at the level of insight a person I had never met before could have on the way my brain worked and how I thought about things, it gave me a completely new perspective on a lot of things.
Before counselling I used to block out everything, whether good or bad which led to a feeling of numbness. As a result of the weekly sessions, it taught me how to do deal with issues/life as it happens, meaning I can feel emotions both positive and negative more than I have done in years.
Generally I feel a lot happier and better in myself and a lot of that is down to counselling with Ingrid.
Thanks again, Aaron "
Mollie - 22 years
" When I reached out to Ingrid, I described my situation as rock bottom. I was really struggling, hopeless and depressed. I use the word ‘was’ with so much pride. Journeying with Ingrid has been life changing. I’m a new person, I know and believe that I matter, I have a voice and I deserve to be heard. I am genuinely happy and it’s a feeling that I’m not quite used to but I’m very much enjoying. Thank you Ingrid so much, for believing in me and teaching me to love myself - Not Just Mollie x "
Stacey - 30 years
" When I first met Ingrid she was a complete stranger to me and it was something that I needed, to be able to talk to somebody that I didn’t know, that didn’t know my history or background that wouldn’t give one sided advice. Through my Journey, Ingrid has helped me immensely, and without her I wouldn’t be in a much happier mind frame like I am now. I owe a lot to Ingrid and will be forever grateful to her, she is now no longer the stranger I first met, but instead feels like part of my family."
Steve - 24 years
" It’s hard to put into words how much my time with Ingrid improved my mental health, I had tried several different types of counselling before but I can’t help but feel this is the one that got me back to feeling myself again. I would highly recommend her services to anyone. I really can’t thank her enough."
Zoe - 46
" After finally making the decision to embark on my counselling journey I sent the email. Ingrid promptly called me to make an initial phone call appointment. We were on the phone for over an hour and I immediately felt lighter and began weekly face to face sessions. Ingrid is calm, caring, insightful and makes you feel comfortable and supported through a difficult time. I feel although it is her job she genuinely cares for your wellbeing and often ran over our allocated time rather than just stopping if we were in the middle of something. This made me feel valued as a person and not just a client. I would recommend if you are struggling, send her an email or pick up the phone. I’m extremely grateful for all her time and help."
Laksha - 28
"I have had counselling off and on for about a decade and have found it difficult at times to stick through it. Throughout my time I found 2 counsellors that were beneficial for my mental health and self-growth. I hadn’t realised at the time why these two counsellors had made such an impact until I met Ingrid. On our first session she had wanted to see if we had a connection, whether she felt that I would be the right fit for her and vice versa. This to me was a phenomena I had yet to come across in my years of counselling. This made me realise why I struggled to stick to my sessions throughout the years, it was never the counselling, it was who I felt was compatible to what I needed.
Having sessions with Ingrid was probably one of the biggest turning points in my life. I realised the health benefits both mentally and physically of therapy. I learnt to see myself a lot clearer and understand myself in ways I had never thought to understand. The euphoria you receive from truly understanding your own intentions is beautiful. I also learnt that self-growth is an on-going project and you cannot be cured overnight, you have to be willing to work on yourself.
If you really truly want to understand yourself and help yourself I could honestly recommend no-one better than Ingrid to help you on your journey."
Jacquie - 38 years
" I always thought counselling wouldn’t be for me; I’ve not been through any traumatic life experiences, my parents were good parents and therefore I didn’t ‘qualify’ for counselling and would be told to grow a pair and get on with it. How wrong I was.
After three fairly short stints on antidepressants, I was heading for my fourth after feeling like things were just getting a bit too much. However taking a step back I realised that they wouldn’t solve the problem long term and what I needed was to understand my reactions and internal thoughts and find strategies to manage them. I tried hypnotherapy following a recommendation by a friend but, whilst it helped a little, it didn’t solve the issue. Back to the drawing board. After listening to some podcasts, I felt that counselling might be for someone like me and that maybe everyone might benefit.
I found Ingrid through an internet search and figured the worst she would do would be to tell me that I shouldn’t complain about my life and to get on with things. Well she didn’t. She listened and, following the initial consultation, I spent five months with Ingrid. I can honestly say that it’s one of the best things I’ve done. She helped me to understand what I was thinking and feeling and that I was ‘normal’. At times I do find myself falling back in to my old thinking traps but I can see them and know what to do to accept it and move forward, rather than beating myself up or thinking that I’m a failure. If you’re even contemplating counselling then I would say go for it. I really feel it could benefit everyone."