Take testimonials with a pinch of salt. This is because one person's experience will always be different to another's - we are all different, and we all like, and dislike different things.
Most clients will not put their name to a review for confidentiality reasons, and a therapist should never ask for a review. So any reviews you see on Google Maps etc are questionable, especially if there is a high number of them...
I urge you not to go on testimonials when choosing a counsellor, but instead to go with who you like the 'sound' of. Just because a Dr. has a good 'bedside manner', it doesn't make them a good Dr.
To publish all testimonials spanning over 20 years would be too much, so to keep it simple there are three:
- "If I am totally honest I was not convinced that counselling would help me as I am not in my comfort zone talking about myself, I could not of been more wrong...It became very apparent that my fears were daft!! I was worried that I would be judged, but you were totally non-judgmental and made me feel safe in disclosing things very personal to me". A Client
- "Counselling has transformed my existence and it doesn't bear thinking about how I would of been without it and I shall always be grateful". A Client
- "I have never had a male counsellor before. I was a bit worried, but I found Chirs very easy to talk to, and he helped me a lot with my issues with men, thanks very much Chris"
See also 'Perceptions of counselling'