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Client Stories: What does our help look like?

Our clients have granted permission for their story to be shown here or we have combined stories from different clients to protect confidentiality.  
Different names and pictures have been used to protect identities.

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12-years old, Student

Fear of the dark & worry about school

One of our Clinical Psychologists met Oliver and his Mother together and individually, to find out about the difficulties and to understand their goals for therapy. Oliver said he felt scared, when he woke up at night, was at home or walking home in the dark: he wanted the horrible feeling to stop.  

Oliver cried, which was OK with us.  He said he felt embarrassed and it was hard when he didn’t do well on a test or didn’t come first in something he thought he was good at.  Oliver explained he worried he would slip behind at school, there was too much homework and teachers didn’t like or notice him, even when he had his hand up.

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17-years old, Student

Low self-esteem & low mood

When Penny called Composure, she was very upset and wanted help with feeling low and crying all the time.  Penny didn’t think she was a strong person but we already knew she was brave because she had picked up the phone and asked for help.

Our psychologist met with Penny, discussed her difficulties in more detail and helped her identify specific goals for the therapeutic work. Penny preferred that everything remain confidential from her family, despite their support.  That was fine with us and we recommended and agreed with Penny that a brief letter be sent to Penny’s GP.  

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mid 50-years old, Unemployed Father

Anxiety & Depression

Matthew sought help and explained to one of our psychologists that he was feeling very low, anxious and thought about suicide daily.  He explained he had recently lost his job, his brother had died and he was worried about his relationship and not being able to care for his family.

The psychologist asked Matthew to share at his own pace how the anxiety and low mood was impacting his day to day life and if he had experienced these feelings before prior to recent challenging events.  Over two sessions, they built a picture of what was happening right now and identified factors from the present and past that might be contributing to keeping the low mood and anxiety going. This was a helpful tool for deciding where to start with therapy and to refer to when long held beliefs or assumptions appeared to be getting in the way of his completing therapeutic activities.

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mid 30-years old, Administrator

Pain, Chronic Illness and Trauma

Yasmin had been living with long-term back pain and pain during sex.  She explained she was reluctant to get into a new relationship and felt depressed about her health and lack of relationship.  Yasmin said she was a bit sceptical about whether she could be helped or not.  It was agreed that an assessment would be completed and a course of action would be determined from there including whether it was the right time for her to engage with therapy. 

Over two to three sessions a picture was drawn up of how the pain had come about, her being involved in a traffic accident, how the events had and were continuing to impact on Yasmin’s life and the meaning she gave to the events about herself, the world and others.  Towards the end of the third session Yasmin felt safe to disclose she had experienced an unwanted sexual encounter and felt unsupported by ... 

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Joe (11 years old) and Mother (Linda) 

Anxiety, Bullying & School transition

Linda contacted Composure Psychology explaining she was concerned about her son, Joe and his high anxiety and fear about moving from primary to secondary school.  One of our Clinical Psychologists met Joe and Linda together and individually to discover their concerns, perspectives and motivations for change. Joe disclosed that he was also worried about the bullying he had experienced and how it might continue at his new school.

Joe attended 12 weekly sessions in which he was helped to become aware of his thinking patterns and how some of them had become automatic and negative. Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness exercises and two easy to read books, the psychologist developed Joe’s ability to manage worries, challenge unhelpful thinking and learn about preventing and overcoming bullying.  New strategies and home practice were generated for Joe to try out between sessions. 

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Our Clients Say


My time with Janine was, in many ways, life changing. I learnt things about myself and my mental health that I wasn’t aware of. Janine taught me a great deal of coping techniques but moreover allowed me to get to the core of my issues and address them. As a result I have far better relations with some of the most important people in my life and am much more comfortable in myself. Janine was very compassionate and empathic. She allowed me to forge my own path in therapy whilst giving me enough guidance and direction. Whilst Janine’s fees were higher than others, it was worth the additional outlay.

Executive, 30

A big thank you... you did so much for put us in a good position for making even more progress.

Male, Late-20s, I.T.

I really enjoyed your presentation and kept thinking about how I felt after/during your reading from the perspective of a depressed person. It made me realise, that if they are able to just turn up in my office, then that is a great achievement. The thing that stuck also was you saying " this is the clients' depression talking, not his personality".

Manager, Health Industry

My coach [ Dr Kemi ] was great. Wonderful listener who was able to ask the right questions and provide guidance and tips as appropriate.

Female, Senior Marketing Executive


I am extremely grateful for the treatment I have received and for the patience and skill of the psychologist.

Male, Early-40s, Student/Entrepreneur

It was excellent - best counselling I have ever had. The techniques used taught me to change how I processed thoughts and emotions. She taught me how my expectations could impact others. She made me look at things in a different way.

Female, Living with cancer

My husband and I didn’t always prioritise this work but you always stayed patient and took us to the maximum place we could have achieved. I had pain free, relaxed sex last time for the first time.

Female, Early-20s, Project Manager

Many thanks for the [teaching] session on Friday. I found the exercise on depression very interesting as it’s something I personally don’t stop to think about too much and I guess we can be quite quick to underestimate the overall impact on lifestyle so thank you for highlighting this.

Physiotherapist, Health Industry

The experience of therapy has been positive one. With the support and insight of the psychologist I have been able to work on things that have been affecting the quality of my life for over a decade.

Male, Early-40s

Overall both my own and my experience regarding my son's treatment have been very positive and have certainly helped us both to find a balanced way of looking at things and dealing with challenges.

Female, Early 40s, Parent

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