These are a few anonymised testimonials by former clients. Although it appears to be very fashionable these days in some countries to write reviews about counsellors, psychologists and therapists I see that as a bit of a problem. Reviews need to be verifiable: who wrote them? Without that loss of anonymity they don’t really have credibility. Yet, therapy and counselling require the serenity and ease of confidentiality. Nothing that enters the room, leaves the room. The identity of clients is one of the best-kept secrets among anyone working in the medical or mental health sectors. Opening the doors to write reviews means that clients voluntarily give up their confidentiality. And the problem on-line is that it is very difficult to remove information, once it has been put out there.
Therefore, these testimonials are anynomised, and I believe adding reviews is something that counsellors and therapists should be very careful with.
I think your invitation to a more conscious life has me pondering further about its meaning and how I can live mine in the most authentic way possible. It’s not easy but I am happy to be on this difficult and worthwhile path. (…) I can’t thank you enough dear Aernout, for the world and way of seeing you have opened up to me. I can only wish you all the good that is enough for you.
Integrity, that is what stands out from our sessions. Even when the subjects I wanted to look at were difficult, you somehow made sure it was never impossible. Your honesty and warm humility created a space where I could grow. Thank you!
It hasn’t been easy to stay on the path of sobriety since our sessions ended, but I’ve managed. Thank you so much for your faith in me, and in staying the course.
If you are a previous client, and you would wish to add a testimonial: don’t hesitate to send me the lines you’d wish to see here.
If you are interested in exploring the possibilities of individual counselling for yourself or for others, I invite you to explore this site widely. You might also be interested in my blog about counselling, where I write about a wide array of topics. Some popular posts there are on “the magic of counselling“, and on the difference between therapy and psychological counselling.