After a few months of feeling very low and completely out of character, I suspected I may be suffering from depression. I talked to my GP who explained what he could offer in terms of medication, but I knew my sadness was down to circumstance rather than anything chemical. I needed to speak to someone but didn’t feel comfortable burdening my family or close friends with my troubles through fear of hurting them further. So, after a recommendation from a friend, I found Hira – someone unbiased who would understand my train of thought.

I wasn’t sure what to expect on my first session. I imagine many people who seek counselling for the first time feel the same. I was daunted and almost embarrassed, however I can now honestly say without agenda, that this is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I don’t lie on a couch and get analyzed like they do in the films, but sit comfortably in a tranquil space and talk through my concerns with a person that understands me. For me this isn’t therapy, its life coaching, and I have already leaned so much.

Hira’s warm and welcoming approach was evident from the moment she opened the door and has extended through to the several sessions we have now had together. When we first met I was lost. I felt I had no control of the direction in which my life was going; at home, professionally, and romantically. Hira used numerous techniques to help me to focus on my inner goals and tune in to the ambition I have always had, but sadly forgot. Every week I leave feeling more positive and I know that in the short time we have been working together I have become a stronger person. For the first time in months I can see a light at the end of the tunnel… and I am so excited about the journey.

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