For me, James creates a very safe space where I know that I am listened to without judgement. He helps me to get in touch with the feelings that I struggle to express and uses approaches that push me towards finding the answers that I know are there but cannot always say out loud.
Ultimately, the goal is to gain greater self-awareness and I think that is where we find healing. Every now and then we are lucky to meet someone who connects with us as both teacher and guide and I feel I have found this in James.
James is an excellent listener, and has provided a safe space for me to be free to talk about and explore the things that are important to me, and that trouble me, past, present and future.
James has helped me to identify and to express the thoughts and feelings I have, both positive and negative, in an atmosphere of acknowledgement and acceptance.
I found talking with James covering my still feelings of grief after the death of my first husband most rewarding. We also discussed my own mortality and the feelings surrounding it as I enter my 76th year, usually a taboo subject but now I feel much more comfortable facing my own death… a journey we all must make. Thank you James for your listening ear.
James has helped me to see some of the beliefs and assumptions I make about myself, others, and the situations I face, and has gently enabled me to consider other points of view, and choices I could make.
As a carer, it has been validating as well as challenging, and a great support and safety valve at a difficult time in my life.
Just full of gratitude for the fact that you are getting me to think differently about stuff. In appreciation R
On reflection – using the sand tray – it takes me out of my head and into my heart.