Making the decision to come to counselling is a huge deal and each client will get something different from their journey. Here are some testimonials from clients who wanted to share their experience of Counselling with Sam Horrocks.

“If you are wondering whether counselling is for you give it a go! On the way to my first appointment, I was going through what I would say etc but as soon as I arrived Sam, I don’t know how started me talking and everything that was rehearsed was forgotten and I was made to feel comfortable and able to discuss anything

“Sam is very easy to talk to while offering very useful insight, both in terms of anecdotal knowledge and
psychology concepts that helped me greatly in understanding my thought processes better and being better
equipped to deal with them. Overall I think that it is a fantastic service and one I can wholeheartedly
recommend to any who feel they may benefit from it.”

“At a very challenging point of my life, where everything seemed to be falling apart and nothing made much sense, I found some kind of understanding and solace. Without building my counselling up I don’t really know where my life was going. I had so many questions and feelings that I could not get my head around and through the sessions I got some understanding and perspective on my life, and got some feeling of worth back. A warm confidant was exactly what I needed and that’s exactly what you offered me”

I sought counselling to help me navigate the emotions I was experiencing as an adult adoptee who had just discovered their birth family.  Sam helped me on my journey, particularly in the run up to meeting my birth mother for the first time after 47 years. She provided a safe, non-judgemental space for me to share and process what I was going through. Sam was empathetic and objective, while also gently challenging me when I needed it!  Sam is so approachable and friendly that I felt I could say anything to her. Her support has been invaluable to me and I can’t recommend her services enough.”

“As a realistic and pragmatic person and I was sceptical about whether counselling would be of any benefit to me. I would urge anyone who has similar doubts to open your mind, give  counselling a try and find out for yourself how it can give you a new perspective on dealing with your difficulties. I did, and it has definitely improved things for me.”

“Most definitely I could not fault the service you gave me. After my sessions, I felt ready to move on without therapy, but it was great knowing that I could come back at any time should I need it. You gave me hope that things would get better and they have.”

I enjoyed being able to explore my experiences with no judgement which allowed me time to discover things about myself that I did not know. It empowered me to feel that I was within my rights to feel the way I did, which in turn gave me the confidence to implement the changes I needed to continue to a more satisfied and fulfilled future.

During our sessions you made it possible for me to acknowledge my own thoughts and feelings in a productive, safe environment without fear of judgement or shame. You made me explore parts of myself that I hadn’t given any time to and in doing so, I’ve found a completely new part of myself. I couldn’t be more grateful for how you have helped me change my way of thinking and ultimately change my behaviours. There’s a long way for me to go yet but I absolutely recognise the improvements I have already made and you have been an instrumental part of that process.

“Sam has made an enormous difference to me in a relatively short period of time. I was not in a good place and making the call to Sam was one of the most difficult calls to make. She immediately made me feel that she was someone who could help me. From the first meeting I felt comfortable with Sam and that I could tell her anything without feeling judged. Sam has helped me through a difficult process with kindness, compassion, professionalism and humour. I am so grateful to Sam for getting me back on track. Thank you Sam”

“I got more out of the service than I thought I would. It got me to think about myself and my situation in a different

way than I might have on my own. Despite doing lots of work by myself using self-help books it was still very helpful
to talk to someone who really understood my feelings and could offer a different perspective. I also felt encouraged
to have more confidence in myself and move on in my life. I would recommend anyone to give this service a try”

“Before I approached Sam I was in a complete muddle with significant parts of my life and was almost ready to run away from it all. After a few sessions with Sam, I began to understand why I was feeling the way I was and could begin to make sense of everything that had been spinning round in my head.
Sam helped me gain the clarity I needed to make sensible life decisions which have since made a positive difference to my life and I will be eternally grateful to Sam for this”

“I am very pleased that I contacted Sam Horrocks; it was one of my better decisions. Over several months she showed me how to tackle how I approached problems, particularly, in my case, helping me find new “tools” to help me deal with my considerable levels of anxiety.
I now feel competent to deal with issues that seemed insurmountable before, and should I need it, I shall certainly contact her again.
My sessions with Sam were like a sanctuary where I felt comfortable and safe to look at different ways on how to deal with issues that were causing me such stress. Thank you Sam”

“I came to Sam after feeling, for several months, that my anxiety was controlling my life. I knew I had to do something about the multitude of negative thoughts I was experiencing daily but I had no clue where to start. I have seen several counsellors during the last ten years, but these sessions were different. I was in charge of the direction of conversation (with helpful prompts and questions) rather than being told ‘this is how to fix your problems’. Everyone is different and requires a counsellor who is happy to adapt to their needs; Sam does this perfectly. I hadn’t realised how much I was pressuring myself and giving myself no outlet to evaluate and process my thoughts. To have the ability to talk to another person openly about what I was thinking was more valuable to me than anything I’ve tried before. It helped me to achieve goals in just a few months that seemed completely overwhelming and impossible”

“Relaxed, non judgemental environment in which I felt free to raise whatever I needed to and Sam seemed happy to go in whatever direction I wanted to go in”

“When I started seeing Sam I felt completely lost, my OCD and anxiety controlled my life. With Sam’s help and guidance I have learnt how to challenge unhelpful thought processes and live my life again. I cannot thank her enough.”

“I found Sam to be an approachable, non-judgemenatal counsellor who really helped me to work through the problems I was having. Sam enabled me to find solutions that worked for me as an individual. Thank you!”

“I felt that I had been thrown into a place of turmoil and my previous anxiety and depression took over. From the moment I contacted Sam I was put straight at ease. I was welcomed with a friendly, caring and understanding manner. Through the past few months I have been able to come to terms with my loss and become the parent that my child deserves. During the counselling process elements of my past unearthed themselves as I felt I could trust Sam and not be judged. Sam always listened but also challenged me in my thinking. The whole process was taken at my pace and I was allowed to explore other mediums of ‘talking’ including making a memory salt jar, drawing, modelling and colouring. I made the decision to finish my counselling journey safe in the knowledge that I could contact Sam if I needed to again in the future this is reassuring and makes me feel secure. Once again, Sam I thank you for everything – I would not be where I am today without you”

“The counselling helped me to identify my negative thought patterns and ‘black and white thinking’ so I was able to
change my outlook on my current situation and see things in a much more positive light. Thank you”

“For me counselling was about being able to talk about myself and my thoughts within a comfortable and private environment and being able to put these into perspective as initially I couldn’t really see the woods through the trees and Sam allowed me to achieve this”

“I didn’t really know why exactly I was going to counselling, I just knew that I wasn’t happy and my mind was full of so many thoughts and feelings that I couldn’t make sense of. I’m so happy I bit the bullet and took a chance, I’ve come away more confident in myself and my decision making & I’ve laid to rest demons from my past which I allowed to affect my life and my future.”

“With the loss of my Father early 2014 I thought I was coping brilliantly after the funeral.. as the weeks / months went by the realisation of not being able to just pick up the phone and chat or laugh with dad became overwhelming, I missed the banter terribly and was holding so much in about how I felt.This feeling was affecting my everyday home and work life, I couldn’t concentrate or focus on anything, even driving was becoming an issue, I really thought I was losing the plot. It was recommended to me about seeking counselling by my GP, he kindly gave me some leaflets for NHS providers of bereavement counselling but the waiting list was huge, my partner suggested I searched for “counselling” on the internet.. few mins later I found “Sam Horrocks” website and it looked exactly what I needed. The session were great, surroundings felt just right and being able to just say how I felt was exactly what I needed. I can 100% recommend bereavement counselling for those who have had a loss and Sam Horrocks gave me the ability to come to terms in a positive way with the loss of my father”

Male 35-50
“I suffered for a large part of the year with anxiety, specifically health anxiety. It got to a stage where something had to change, my GP in the past had recommended counselling but I had put this off for a number of different reasons, ultimately the hardest part for me was taking the first step, I felt reassured after a telephone conversation with Sam where we talked briefly about my issues and whether it could be something that she could help me with. It was the best decision I have ever made. We met once a week for a number of weeks and talked through a number of issues. Having someone who is easy to talk to without fear of being judged or labelled was incredibly important to me, the environment for the sessions was comfortable and welcoming. I would urge anyone who has considered counselling to make that first step, it is quite daunting but for me it got to the stage that I had to try something. It does take commitment from yourself and it is a journey not an instant cure but Sam will help you at every stage. I would thoroughly recommend Sam to anyone and can’t thank her enough for her help and support”
Male 30-45

“Sam offers a sincere counselling service. The service is presented in the quiet and peaceful surroundings of her home ensuring a relaxing atmosphere. Sam listens patiently to your issues and concerns, considers them carefully and then seeks to offer constructive thought patterns and understandings. The constructive thought patterns are aimed at adjusting the ‘mind-set’ from the current negative anxiety/depression focus to a more positive and constructive scenario. Sam also offers support in the use of a variety of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In sum Sam offers a positive and relaxing service in a relaxing and respectful manner”

“On my first visit to see Sam she was very nice and let my Mum and Nan come in to see where I was going to have my sessions. Once my mum had left Sam made me feel welcome and safe in the environment which was good for me as I am a very quiet and shy person. As the session progressed I became more comfortable to be talking to Sam. Sam was very nice and the room was always warm and welcoming. Sam was very calming and made me feel comfortable in my sessions.
I enjoyed very much the session where we did the practical work with the jenga blocks with questions on them for me to answer. Also I enjoyed the drawing sessions and how the pictures made me feel”
Female 14-21, More about Creative Counselling here

“Before the sessions with Sam I felt alone, misunderstood, depressed and was questioning myself when others were pressing their opinions on me. I felt I was wrong and needed to change. Sam’s counselling gave me a safe haven to have someone that was willing to listen whilst carefully challenging me and taking me on a journey to understand. I still use the techniques and methods that she taught me and will always be grateful for the help she provided. It has helped me to understand myself more as well as others”

“I feel extremely grateful for these sessions. They not only offered practical advice for how to tackle anxiety, but also helped me to explore other issues that had been contributing to this. After these sessions I feel much better equipped to deal with my anxiety, but also have a better understanding of why it might have developed in the first place. Every session is led in response to what you say and how you feel at that time – it is entirely tailored to you and your needs. I honestly felt helpless when I first came, but after several weeks of a patient, non-judgemental ear, alongside practical advice, I am ready to face my real problems and no longer feel that there isn’t a solution. Thank you!”

“Sam offers a sincere counselling service. The service is presented in the quiet and peaceful surroundings of her home ensuring a relaxing atmosphere. Sam listens patiently to your issues and concerns, considers them carefully and then seeks to offer constructive thought patterns and understandings. The constructive thought patterns are aimed at adjusting the ‘mind-set’ from the current negative anxiety/depression focus to a more positive and constructive scenario. Sam also offers support in the use of a variety of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In sum Sam offers a positive and relaxing service in a relaxing and respectful manner”

“I have found Sam to approachable, considerate and understanding to all my needs and I found it very easy to talk to her about anything. Her manner is calming and I felt secure in the knowledge that she understood my problems and helped me make sense of them, and now feel much stronger in moving on. I also feel able to return to more counselling with her should I need to”
Female 30-50

“I didn’t really know why exactly I was going to counselling, I just knew that I wasn’t happy and my mind was full of so many thoughts and feelings that I couldn’t make sense of. I’m so happy I bit the bullet and took a chance, I’ve come away more confident in myself and my decision making & I’ve laid to rest demons from my past which I allowed to affect my life and my future”

“Although I only attended a few counselling sessions, I found it very helpful in getting me to think about things in a different way and maybe unlock thoughts that I didn’t realise were already in my mind. It has helped me to approach my stressful job in a different way and enabled me to re-think the way I approach situations and people to achieve a more positive outcome.”

“I came to See Sam after experiencing a disruption in the introductions phase of an adoption. Some time after the disruption, we were asked to consider adopting another child, and as the process re-started I realised that I was very confused in my feelings about the disruption and about whether I still wanted to adopt. As the feelings were very personal, I did not want to discuss them with my Social Worker and I chose to see Sam as she was outside of the local authority but as an adoption qualified counsellor, she would understand the adoption process, rules and framework. Sam has been amazing; she has encouraged and supported me as we have explored how I feel and to understand why. Sam has helped me to understand and to deal with my feelings of loss and to look at how and why this had effected my feelings about going forward. I feel like a massive emotional load that had been blocking my path has been cleared away and I am now very much looking forward to adopting. Thank you Sam.”

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