Thank you so much for the Havening work you have done for me. I was attacked over 40 years ago with evening, the police were involved but I was unable to tell anyone else. I finally sought Colleen's help and shared part of my story, the brilliant thing with Havening is I didnt 'have to to share everything but bring the traumatic event to my mind. She is brilliant and so caring and she put me at ease. I now feel so calm and full of understanding. I've never slept so long and so deeply, but straight after our work of 1.5 hours my sleeping pattern changed for the better. I now have the coping mechanisms I need to deal with everything.
Because, I didn't have to go into full detail of what actually happened, it made the process much easier for me.
All I can say is Thank You so much. I will be coming back to you for more Havening.
I am grateful for all the help you have given me. Without doubt you have helped change the course of my life on to a smoother and happier path and my family and I will be eternally grateful. you are a special person who is also very good at their job.
I have been working with Colleen for a couple of years and I have found working with her to be like spending time with your favourite Auntie. She's somebody who you feel relaxed talking to and discussing difficult and challenging personal issues with. She tailors your needs with the appropriate techniques. We used Havening techniques for a range of reasons including coping with anxiety in the workplace and socialising which made a huge difference to me. I will forever be grateful for Colleen helping guide me on to the right path towards a more peaceful future.
"My son has really valued his time with Colleen. He has felt listened to and has appreciated how intently Colleen has listened and understood him.
"Whilst I don't think his anxiety will ever completely disappear, he has learnt techniques with Colleen he can use and that work!"
"As a family we have been able to help him use these techniques but also feel like we have a better understanding of where he is coming from when he feels nervous or anxious. He has particulary liked his key ring and uses it often."
Colleen was instantly welcoming and comfortable to be with. During every session she was able to help me work through some family difficulties in manageable stages, and I felt empowered to put things into practice straight away.
Because of the trust I had in Colleen, I was open to trying both the Havening and Tapping techniques, which I found really helpful, even though I know I would never have felt comfortable to try them before.
Since finishing my sessions with Colleen, I often reflect back on them, which makes me feel more able to deal with any similar family issues that arise. I found the counselling process very affirming and would not hesitate to book Colleen again.
"Colleen has helped with a lot of problems, has taught me to cope when I want to self harm and when I am not feeling myself. Colleen has showed me that things can change if I believe in myself". (13 year old)
How are things going? Are there any changes at home in behaviour or attitude?
"My daughter is so much brighter and calmer. She has gained confidence and once again wearing make-up! She is more talkative at home, less incidents of locking herself away. Her school grades have improved since Christmas".
Do you think the Counselling sessions are being helpful? If so why?
"Yes the sessions are working. She is able to say 'I'm upset, please leave me alone'. Her confidence levels are slowly increasing. When we started on this journey she was waking most nights and asking me to sleep with her, this has dramatically decreased in the last few weeks, to only once a week. Along with this she has gained confidence to spend time with friends outside school, before inviting friends over or asking them to do something was tramatic as she was scared they would say no".
Do you have any other comments?
"Just thank you! The sessions have had such a positive impact on my daughter, she is less anxious, slowly gaining in confidence and just knowing that she is able to talk to someone about what is troubling her is such a relief".
Have some good points in your child emerged?
"She is more relaxed and it is lovely to hear her laugh more frequently. She is more chatty and I have had much more hugs in the last 6 months".
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