Di’s counselling created a stable place for me to start making amends (which was my lifeline), she was totally supportive and understanding throughout. I remember feeling anxious during the first consultation (my assessment), but Di reminded me that these feelings were normal and made me feel at ease. Thereafter things just fell into place very quickly. I felt that she was good at her job, well excellent actually. I’d had counselling before, or at least I thought I had, but with Di I knew she could help me (call it intuition). Di soon eradicated my scepticism about counsellors and I felt I could be honest with her from the start, which I was. Each session proved to be more and more beneficial, something that was definitely helping. Di helped me realise why I’d been acting certain ways and the problems this was causing. More importantly she helped me accept who I am (with a view of making positive changes in my life). There were some sensitive issue to go through, but I felt as though I could talk, she was never judgmental and understood me. Each step of the way she helped mirror me, in a way that made me see more and more clearly, I soon began to understand everything we discussed. She constantly helped me think of ways to change the negative things in my life. For as long as I can remember there hasn’t been anyone who I really listened to, someone who I trusted and who I could open up to (this was the break/release I needed). I’d found a person who seemed genuine and caring, who was a total professional. What’s more her experience and knowledge base is tremendous, which shone through in each session. She was extremely motivated and straight to the point, totally honest and offered a no nonsense service. Because of various circumstances my sessions had to stop at eight weeks, however during this time Di helped me to reflect on ways to make positive life changes throughout (which was key). Di would talk something through with me and I would go away and think about this. Because of this I started to make amends, following each session’s guidance. There was a lot going on in my life during my eight weeks of therapy, it was difficult to make the right changes during this time, however I did. Afterwards I continued to reflect on Di’s advice as I continued to change things. I can honestly say that my life’s now improving and Di’s counselling defiantly played a part in this. I continue to reflect on our discussions, and will do for a long time. Writing this I wanted to get it right, to give something back. I hope my testimony does justice to the all-important services that Di provides. I’d also like to think this testimony will encourage others to consider counselling with Di themselves. I don’t think she realises what a wonderful person she is, she’s someone very special. Thanks again Di for everything. So if you are in crisis, pick up the phone and contact her (don’t miss the opportunity). Darren (how jumped of his career pedestal)
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"