After a few sessions with Kevin, I gained a real understanding of my condition and I am now feeling significantly better. I can use my new understanding to explain why I feel the way I do and more importantly that it doesn’t have to be this way. I struggled with anxiety and depression for 9 months and in that time I was absent from work and took 4 different medications. I also had some CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) through the NHS but the therapist was very young, lacked life experience and was formulaic in her approach rather than focusing on my specific needs. I found the CBT unhelpful. Each day I feel more stable, calmer and present rather than being lost in my thoughts. I have reduced and stopped my medication and I am planning on returning to work. Kevin was relaxed, friendly and professional and I’m very grateful for his insight and support through this very difficult time.
I came across Kevin, after reading a commendation from someone who had worked with him, and I liked the idea of working with a ‘coach’ rather than someone who would ‘treat me’. Hearing Kevin say that he could help me, after our ‘taster’ session was a huge relief, to the point where I broke down in tears; I was so desperate……..
Having previously suffered for many years with depression over a decade ago, which eventually subsided, to suffer again years later came as a real shock. I genuinely believed I had recovered, and had led a ‘normal’ happy, life during that time. This time however felt different. I had made some mistakes in my personal life, that I was deeply ashamed of, and this coupled with some other major life and work events, came together in a perfect storm, that drove the depths of my anxiety and depression to levels that I had not experienced previously. I decided very quickly that I could not face another period of personal struggle and looked for help.
He has taught me so, so much. He didn’t recommend techniques or tools. It is not overstating the impact working with Kevin has had; he has undoubtedly helped me through a tremendously difficult time in both my personal life, relationships, work etc, and that without him ‘holding my hand’, I’m not sure I’d now be where I am, which is most definitely on the road to recovery.
He never once judged me or said ‘why did you do that’ but challenged my thinking and was incredibly supportive. In addition to our 1-2-1 sessions, he took time out to send helpful and informative emails, which were so reassuring, and really grounded my thinking and learning.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Kevin to anyone suffering with mental health challenges, and personally, I cannot thank him enough, and hope that soon, I’ll be able to meet him in person and buy him a beer.