"Well, it's been a year since my first session with you. It's hard to believe how far I've come. In hindsight when we met, I was so overwhelmed with my emotions, that I chose to numb them. I felt disconnected and empty and without hope. I was in a very sad and lonely place.
You were generous with your empathy, you listened without judgement, you did not pigeon hole me, you allowed me to speak my truth, the part of me I was too afraid to face and hadn't yet learned to cope with, the parts of myself I had abandoned and rejected. You gifted me a safe space to explore my true feelings.
I'm learning to trust my instincts and stand firm in my decisions because they are no longer made from a place of fear. When we talk it feels like a special and shared experience, like we are both learning from each other. I am so grateful. From the deepest parts of my being, thank you. I know my journey isn't over and I'm excited for all I will learn in the future, but for now and for the first time in a long time, I finally feel free to be myself again. I feel deserving of love. I feel hopeful."
F - (April 2014)
"I can't put into words how much you have helped me the last few months.
I'm so grateful that I have been able to work through some issues,
try to forgive myself and move on.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such an amazing counsellor.
F- (March 2014)
" from the first minute I met Joyce she immediately put me at ease.I felt extremely comfortable in her presence and knew then that she was the right person for me to talk too. Talking and opening up can be extremely difficult but with Joyce I was surprised at how much I opened up and how comfortable I felt in doing so.An extremely talented and professional lady."
F - (March 2014)
"When I first made the decision to contact Joyce, I knew where I wanted to get to in life but could not see the best path to follow to achieve this and was not really sure that it was the best thing to even do! Staying in my own little paddock was far safer really, it was after all what I had done for most of my life. I had tried counselling before, but never really managed to engage in the process, then following several life events all happening at the same time, a friend recommended Joyce, thank goodness! Joyce gently guided me along through my journey of realisation and allowed me to see that the path was there for me to follow and helped me see that whatever choice I made I did indeed deserve to be happy. Now I am stronger, happier and more self assured or should that be more full of love for myself? Either way, thanks to Joyce I am treating myself more kindly. I am now out of the paddock, out the field and heading on up the hills, just like I always dreamed but could not see how to achieve."
F - (11/10/12)
counselling (noun) - the provision of professional assistance & guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems.
"Joyce encapsulates this definition in every way.
Despite a shaky start where I would relinquish no control nor concede anything, Joyce has taught me to release my feelings, be myself (although we continue to explore just who I am!), like myself despite those actions that were necessary but that I am not particularly proud of, and most importantly see I cannot control all things for everyone around me all of the time.
She is astute, empathetic, non judgemental & challenges me to explore my feelings. I cannot imagine my life had I not sought her help. Having seen her for over a year I now never fail to leave with a smile on my face, a spring in my step & with plenty thoughts to explore further. This in contrast to a wreck of a girl who felt the need to bring tissue supplies of her own only a few months ago.
"Cannot thank Joyce enough for the understanding and time spent with me.
From our first meeting I felt at ease with Joyce and over our sessions
she was able to unravel some of my feelings/emotions from my past
that were affecting me and stopping me being able to live life.
As I now know we are a very complex creature but Joyce had all the skills
to unlock issues from my past that I had not properly dealt with.
I now feel stronger in my self to deal with what professional and personal
life throws my way thanks to very kind and understanding couthie quine
that is Joyce Philip."
M - (26/08/12)
"When I was at my worst and did not know what to do with myself,
the best decision I made was to get in contact with Joyce.
She provided the safe, understanding environment
I needed to be able to work through my troubles and helped me find my own path again.
Thank you for your time, patience and confidentiality,
I no longer feel lost and helpless, but confident, cheery and hopeful."
M - (08/08/12)
again. You have a very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere
and are very easy to speak to.
Thanks again for helping me realise "I'm not that bad".
F - (02/11/11)
"Thank you so much for all your help and support
during the last few months.I couldn't have found a better person to get me back to me!
It was hard trying to make sense of my feelings
but you always made me feel safe and comfortable.
Your genuine empathy and understanding made it easier for me
to share things with you that I'd never been able to tell anyone else -
your sense of humour helped a lot too!"
F - (01/11/11)
"I was quite unprepared for the rollercoaster of emotions
that unravelled over the counselling sessions with Joyce.
However, her genuine warmth and empathy
made me feel able to talk freely about my experience.
The sense of ease after each session was very powerful
and I believe the safe and relaxed environment,
and Joyce's friendly manner played
a significant part in helping me to move forward"
F - (01/07/2011)
"After years of locking away lots of bad and disturbing feelings
Joyce has helped me greatly.
I feel like my mind has had a 'right good clean out'
and life feels much clearer now.
I have tried counselling in the past and didn't find it helpful
until I was recommended Joyce.
She has the perfect balance between being professional
and naturally compassionate.
F - (30/06/2011)
"Joyce has helped me so much.
I've been fighting through bereavement and divorce
and she has really helped me see a way forward.
She is warm, caring and straightforward
and has a way of helping me see things in a different light.
Thanks for all your help so far."
F - (23/06/2011)
These messages were sent by text/email then downloaded
with many thanks J.P.