Being crippled by stress, anxiety, or depression


I work wit a lot of stressed out employees. They often enter into my practise reluctant or even see Counselling/Coaching as a last resort. Below is a testimonial from one such beautiful lady.

“I started counselling to address depression and anxiety via a recommendation from my employer, and I was dubious having had poor experiences in the past. My first session was spent with my arms crossed and a cynical attitude. Thankfully Di has an amazing amount of patience and a passion for helping people find the right techniques for them. She didn’t give up on me and was so pleasant and engaging that, despite my reluctance, I kept going to appointments and after a few something clicked and suddenly I started to make progress. Di has really helped me find tools and techniques that work for me and has encouraged and supported me through every step. I would whole heartedly recommend Di to anyone who wants to try counselling. She knows when to listen, when to challenge and has a practical approach which has been great for me. I’m now back at work, feeling stronger, more able to cpe and back on track. I can’t thank Di enough.”

However it does not have to be like that. Employers are starting to recognise that it is cost effective to pay for their staff to have 6 to 8 sessions of counselling in order to help them recognise the challenges they are facing at work and at home and help them to put positive coping strategies in place.

If your employer will not pay why don’t you invest in you? We all find money to buy our children things go on holiday or even have a few drinks with our friends. This is all very important, however our mental health is even more important, as if we don’t invest in that we are unable to enjoy even the simple things in life. I see clients crippled with anxiety, self doubt and depression, don’t leave it until you are on the cliff edge invest in you as if you don’t how can you expect anyone else to.

Article by Diane Pulley

Diane Pulley is a BACP accredited and UKRC psychotherapist and Life Coach having graduated from Warwick university. She has worked in private practise for many years with clients presenting various issues, from trauma, depression, anxiety and self confidence. Diane works with both individuals and couples. Her experience has lead her to work with corporate clients delivering stress management training for both staff and management. Aspire You has been born from a personal journey, of Diane's own marriage breaking down after 28 years, when she identified there is a need to support women through this process and help them rebuild their lives. "everyone has the potential to lead fulfilling lives and i am committed to helping individuals achieve that desire"