"I liked the informal approach. I found this helped me to relax and open up. I think that talking about some of my concerns and anxieties with somebody unconnected to me or my life was really helpful. It enabled me to think about these and put things in my life into perspecitve. This has helped me to understand why I have anxieties and what I can do to manage them. I generally feel more positive and in control of things. When I do feel overwhelmed and like things are getting out of control then I am much more able to reationalise and see things more clearly. I feel more focused and generally relaxed."
"Thank you Zana for your patience and empathic understanding. I have learned to forgive myself a lot more and to accept I did the best that I could do at that time. I have started to realise that I am OK and to like myself more." Lynne
"Thank you Zana for your open, kind and gently challenging approach. I have become calmer in mysef - I understand and am able to stop, think and only react when I need to rather than jumping in with both feet. I have learned to let go of feelings and emotions and my "inner control freak" is losing out to a more laid back version of me I didn't know was possible." Pip
"Thank you for all your help. The breathing exercises are really helping. Also thank you for giving me more confidence with the way I deal with certain situations and that it's ok to feel and think a certain way."
"Thank you very much for being so patient with me and so easy to talk to. Taking what was a very big step for me at the time to come to counselling was the best decision I have made. I have learnt a lot about myself and lots of different skills that I will take with me and use in the future." Charlotte
"Productive and useful." Rachel
[I can now] "see things from a different perspective [and have] learnt more about how to cope/deal with things. I also enjoyed learning new things about myself." Katie
"Zana has helped me to see things from other peoples points of view and not to see things in such a "black and white" way. She has helped me to understand when I am feeling down better and to be able to remain calm and get myself out of negative thought patterns. Thank you Zana for your patience and support during some times which I found difficult." Rich
[Counselling was] "Invaluable... I cannot thank you enough. I don't have the correct words to get out how much this has helped me. I will always keep in my mind what you have taught me and that I matter. You will always be a part of my life because I will always be able to draw on what I learned about myself. Thank you!" Lexi
[Counselling] "..has helped me come to terms with my negative birth experience. I don't feel as much of a failure about not being able to breastfeed...I feel I have more control in my life again...I appreciated having my feelings listened to and validated. Thank you for providing a safe place to discuss my problems and not making me feel stupid for how I felt, for helping me see alternative points of view...for being able to give me support and advice relevant to now and in the future."
"Very helpful. It supported me to grow. I learnt about myself; that I need to let go of unnecessary thoughts. I am now more confident. I am able to put things more into perspective. Thank you so much for the "experiments". Drawing was better for me to see where I was at. The chair experiment really did help me to separate past and present." Flo
"I can't thank you enough for how much you have helped me improve my experience of life. I am a very private person and it was a huge step just to enquire about counselling. I felt safe laying out all my deepest fears in front of you. You listened so carefully as I spilled years and years of unsaid things, and I was amazed how fast you "got" me, helping me to understand how I feel and how I can think/feel differently. You gave me permission to just be me." Alice
"Thank you for helping me through my muddled thoughts and feeling totally prepared for my labour as I think without your help I would have ended up being pushed into a VBAC and ending up in a similar situation to before. It [the birth] was all very uneventful, calm, in control and exactly what I wanted." L
"I have learned a lot more about how I see myself, and I have been able to challenge my views. I now see myself in a more positive light... I realise I don't have to be perfect in order to feel accepted." Jennie
"I feel unburdened, lightened... I can now remember my birth experiences and after without a knot in my stomach, without anxiety levels rocketing... It's been a very positive experience." Kate
"I feel much more at peace with myself now. Counselling has helped me to grow and develop as a person."
"My counselling sessions were very helpful and beneficial. I found the counselling to be much more relaxing than I anticipated. Zana made me feel at ease. I have learnt to deal with problems or situations individually rather than all together and not panic. It has made me realise I can be stronger than I think and have overcome lots of major difficulties in my life. I would like to thank Zana for her time and patience." Jane
"Before I started seeing Zana, I was suffering with post-natal depression and everything was a struggle. Despite my initial anxieties, I took the plunge and contacted her – and I’m pleased to say that I’m incredibly glad I did. Zana is very professional, warm and approachable and I have no hesitation in recommending her to others. She challenged, supported and helped me as I discovered more about myself and as a result, I’m a more confident and happy person which has had a huge positive impact on my family life. I’ll always be grateful to Zana – thank you!" Ann
"Zana helped me in very few sessions and the changes were positive and sustained. I had extremely premature twins and needed help with dealing with this traumatic time." Fiona