“I started seeing Giselle following the sudden breakup of my marriage. I felt overwhelmed by the prospect of managing to have a happy life with two very young children; work; a mortgage I was now struggling to manage or risk losing our home. I was in free fall and felt utterly powerless to stay in control of day to day life.
However, Giselle helped me to identify that I have a natural affinity for imagery and analogies. Using these she helped me to overcome the challenges I was facing.
Together, Giselle helped me face the stress blocks that were preventing me eating; thinking and talking out my stress and ultimately prevented me from being well.
I have come away with a growing box of strategies tailored to the way I think and function.
I have had trials and tribulations since then. I have had top up sessions, but each time I have emerged stronger and more able to be less overwhelmed and to figure it out myself.
It’s been an incredible and empowering journey. It’s helped me nurture myself and be strong for my children. Time is a healer and the time I spent with Giselle was the best investment of my time.”
Title: Managing Director
Organisation: DCG Media Ltd
Title: Senior Management
Organisation type: Public Sector
As a senior manager in the public sector, I had a couple of bad experiences of speaking in public which made me hate having to talk to audiences of more than a handful of people. It got to the point where I would dread any significant presentation for weeks in advance, causing huge stress which impacted on my personal life, my self-esteem and my view of my job. I felt I could not progress my career further or be taken seriously at work and this caused such anxiety that when I was called on to speak, I often performed poorly or kept it as short as possible, leading to a negative and damaging cycle where I fulfilled my own doom-laden prophecy!
Giselle helped me to get to the root of my anxieties and to deal with the causes. Her support had an immediate impact – I came out of our very first session feeling much more positive – and that feeling very quickly helped me to perform much better in situations I would previously have found highly stressful.
A few short sessions had a transformative effect: my phobia of public speaking disappeared and I became much better at managing anxiety in general. Giselle helped me to recognise when I was getting (or likely to get) stressed and to prepare a lot better for potentially challenging situations, rather than simply wishing they wouldn’t happen. She also helped me to understand that the problem was largely in my own mind, that the stress and anxiety were of my own making and could be controlled and managed to my benefit.
When we first met, Giselle asked me what would be the best I could achieve in terms of public speaking. I told her that I wanted to be confident enough to speak at large national events and conferences. At the time, this felt like an unthinkable pipe dream: within a very short period of time, I was actually achieving it.
Giselle has a lovely, positive and empathetic manner and an ability to help people get things in perspective. My experience was that working with her and following her advice helped to bring out my very best and to remove the biggest anxiety in my working life. The contrast with ‘before’ and ‘after’ working with Giselle was remarkable for me.
Title: Change Manager
Organisation: King’s College London
Title: Deputy Head Teacher
Organisation type: St Paul’s Primary School, Kingston Hill
Over the past few years, Giselle has supported our school in our mental well-being project. The parent workshop on helping a worried child and the staff INSET on mental well-being were full of great advice and techniques for parents and school staff. The children really enjoyed learning tips and strategies for mindfulness and relaxation, which they use at home and school. Giselle has a wealth of knowledge and a lovely way with both children and adults.