Testimonial 8

I contacted Karen after a recommendation from a friend. I had been suffering from depression and felt lost and lacked direction with my life. I felt lost with a high powered demanding job with long hours. The pressure of work and life eventually got to me and I felt tramped in a cycle of work and sleep and felt like I was losing friends, confidence, felt withdrawn and was not copying with a break up with an ex boyfriend. I had been on anti depressants and tried various counsellors to try and find solutions and deal with the way I felt, but nothing seemed to help long term. My first… Read More

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Testimonial 9

I started my CBT journey with Karen in August this year having suffered from Depression and Anxiety for many years. I had tried various talking therapies in the past, but I realised I needed something more interactive. I had taken anti-depressant medication for years, and I had tried several times to stop but always ended up taking them again. Without the medication I had difficulty concentrating which was affecting my work, waking up early, anxiety in social situations, and I constantly felt tired. I was asking myself unanswerable questions, I would go over the same ground looking for answers inside the problem. I had a very low opinion of myself, and of… Read More

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Testimonial 10

When first going to see Karen I felt really nervous. I didn’t feel very good about myself, was lacking in confidence, had very low self-esteem, felt depressed and was overweight (something I had battled with for many years). I decided I was going to try anything Karen advised to help me feel better. I found the congnitive therapy sessions to be very emotional, as I was dealing with situations that had been following me around for years and I was now facing all the demons that had haunted me through adulthood. I have responded well to Cognitive Therapy with Karen. I am more confident, have lost weight and I can… Read More

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Testimonial 11

In February of this year I was in a really bad place. On my thirtieth birthday I found myself anxiety ridden and on sick leave from work and knew it was time to take action. I arranged to see a private counsellor but after a few sessions realised that his approach wasn’t working for me. I would talk and he would listen and nod, I felt that I needed feedback and advice to allow me to move on. After Googling ‘anxiety counsellor Edinburgh’ I found Karen’s website and have never looked back. During my initial sessions we worked on the issues causing my anxiety. It was hard facing up to feelings of worthlessness, lack of confidence… Read More

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Testimonial 12

Before I received CBT for my OCD my head was in a state of chaos, constantly battling and losing against this strange infliction. Horrible thoughts would intrude upon my thinking, eat away at my conscience until I had nowhere else to turn to but mental rituals which were never ending. My logic had no grip. I knew I was being absurd but I couldn’t stop. The intrusive thoughts reminded me of a fly buzzing, trapped up against a window pane or a burning sensation inside my head. Words and images, bits and pieces or whatever OCD could throw at me followed me everywhere I went. When OCD traps you it… Read More

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Personal Story – July 09

“CBT has made a huge positive difference for me. The approach is practical and makes a lot sense, which makes it easy to put into practice. I’ve rediscovered my self-confidence both in a professional and personal context and have learned different techniques to fend off what were almost crippling worries. Friends and colleagues have commented that I am now like a different person – a happier and more relaxed one. I feel free and able to tackle anything! Starting the course of CBT with Karen has been one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

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Personal Story 2 June 2009

‘After a few years of getting spells of anxiety I decided that I’d had enough. They were preventing me from enjoying my life. Could it be that I wasn’t destined to feel this anxious way forever and this wasn’t actually ‘me’? After meeting with Karen things began to change. I began to stop and think about how my feelings of anxiety were intertwined with deeper understandings that I had of myself and of other people. By noting this, I was able to think about what I wanted to be and how I could try and change my thoughts in order to do achieve this. By making little changes in the… Read More

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Personal Story – 2009

For as long as I can remember I had feelings on anxiety and panic. It manifested itself in different ways but the most troubling was when it came to my relationships with men. I have dated numerous wonderful men over the years and, some of them, I really loved. But there was always a part of me that was convinced that my partners would leave me and that I’d be left hurt and alone. I would therefore sabotage my relationships, trying to force my partners to leave me so that I was at least in control of what I felt was inevitable. I would also lead a duplicitous life, dating… Read More

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