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The Coach House, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury SN169DF

The calm in my storm.

I don’t know where I’d be right now if I hadn’t met Denise – certainly not in the good place that I am now. I am so very grateful for all that she did and words will never be enough to express that. She came into our lives at a very difficult time – my daughter was ill and my whole family was suffering. I’d describe her in many ways – my guardian angel, the glue that held me ,and sometimes my family ,together – she was the calm in my storm.

She didn’t fix my problems and she didn’t show me how to fix my daughters but she showed me the way forward – she helped me find the strength and resilience to keep fighting, she helped me see the wood for the trees and helped me make sense of what was going on and how to deal with the things that I had no control over. When I saw her I cried, shouted, swore and sometimes laughed – I always left feeling better and knowing that I could go on and that things would get better.

She was amazing with my daughter – she made her feel secure, safe and rationalised the madness in her head. At times when she wouldn’t talk to me she would go to Denise and Denise always went above and beyond to help her. Denise understood things that I, and my daughter did not, and she gently steered her into a place where she was ready to choose to recover and now she is and not looking back.

Life will not be straightforward and there will always be issues that come up but I am stronger now and more able to deal with them. If I need a helping hand in the future, or just a session on the couch to clear some of the brain fog, I will not hesitate in going back to see Denise.

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