Friday December 01 , 2023

Family Testimonials

Isobel´s Story

My husband works in the City and he was bringing his octane levels of stress back home with him.

I was at my wit’s end. My family life seemed hopeless, our home was a battleground and everybody was in constant conflict. My husband has been in recovery from alcoholism for many years but at times his behaviour has been challenging and our children’s behaviour was also difficult for much of the time.

I felt like running away and I was very very angry most of the time. I was introduced to Gillian Ford who offered me understanding, compassion and helped me to make sense of the situation. For the first time after we met, I felt a sense of hope that I hadn’t felt for years and I felt as if I could start to breathe again.

Gillian rapidly helped me to recognise that I did not need to battle any more, that the war could be over if I chose. She showed me that there was a solution which included a myriad of other options that were more life enhancing than spending my days fighting with my husband or with our children!

I started to be able to put in healthy boundaries with the whole family which ultimately led to a peaceful home. As I learned the values of care and respect for myself I found that my stress and anxiety levels reduced and I felt happier.

Today life is very, very different and it is very, very good even if it is not always straightforward, I recognise that no situation is too hopeless to be improved. Gillian has helped me to explore my expectations and adjust them to reality. Without Gillian’s fantastic support and input I do not believe I would have gained the understanding of myself and my family situation that I have today.


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