"I first contacted Christine when I was going through a
difficult, protracted divorce two years after leaving my husband who had controlled
and abused me for many years. I was an emotional wreck; struggling with
alcohol, trying to maintain a positive relationship with my two teenage
daughters and trying to hold down a demanding full time job. Christine
immediately understood my situation and her first priority was my safety and helping
me to identify risks and establish clear boundaries when communicating with my
husband. Her deep insight into domestic violence, in particular emotional
abuse, and her understanding of the dynamics of parent-child relationships, as
well as her flexible, person-centred approach to counselling have been
invaluable to me and my daughters.
It has been a long process but, with the safety of
knowing that Christine has been there beside me, I have moved to a place where
my 20 year old daughter recently commented that I was ‘sorted’! I have my ups
and downs but now manage them in clear headed sobriety and have honestly come
to know that life is, on the whole, simple and easy!
"Christine got right to the core of what was going on. There were times didn't want to go back, it was so painful to look at myself. I did keep going back to Christine and I'm so glad that I did. I now understand why I was using alcohol to cope, it all made sense and once I did this, I could start to recover from the past"
"I felt so desperate, confused and like I didn't want to go on. I was a man, why couldn't I deal with stuff? Working with Christine helped me see how I had internalised what I 'thought' a man should be, what others thought I should be. Now I am me, a strong man with vulnerabilities and a softness I am happy to acknowledge, its taking time but I'm on the right road"