"When I first sought out Lucy, I was scared. I'd tried to seek out various private therapists before but was turned away multiple times due to the severity of the intrusive thoughts I suffer. Lucy was different, and she has been instrumental in bringing me into this new phase of my life. The help provided by Lucy for me personally, has covered self harm, suicidal thoughts, an eventual OCD diagnosis, grief, depression, and anxiety amongst others I'm sure. Lucys Little Lodge is a calm and welcoming space. I was surprised to find I could quickly relax a speak freely about my worries, anxieties and trouble. Trust between both of us was established soon after meeting, and Lucy has guided me through and helped me to plan visits to my GP, and making a referral to a psychiatrist. I worried a lot that my problems were too serious for private counselling but it has proved to be otherwise and helped me to engage in other available help and services. I plan to continue seeing Lucy as and when I feel the need, and wouldn't hesitate in recommending her to others."
"I am extremely grateful for Lucy. Her counselling style is professional and skilled but relaxed and completely non-judgemental. At the start of the sessions I wasn't in a very good place and had let a lot of issues build up but within just a few weeks she helped me to work through all of my issues, which was at times quite difficult, and come out the other side a much happier, stronger, more positive person than I have ever been. Thank you so much Lucy for helping me see things from a more positive point of view. I could not recommend you highly enough."
"Lucy gave me the confidence and reassurance to open up about some traumatic events that had happened in the past. She listened, and understood and showed complete empathy for the things I had spoken about. I was very nervous about starting counselling with someone and having to open up, but she made this so easy and was always welcoming. I would recommend her to anyone suffering with anxiety or depression. As it feels like a weight has been lifted."
"Lucy was highly recommended to me at a time that I was looking for a counsellor. I have had counselling in the past and knew that I needed someone who was very non-judgemental. I was nervous about person centred counselling at first because I did not know how it worked - now I love it! Since starting sessions with Lucy I am more confident in my abilities and more comfortable in my own skin. Lucy is empowering me to see that I am a resilient person and can cope with the challenges I face. She has been able to be flexible around my health needs and my caring role. Lucy has an excellent balance of being deeply caring and very professional, I have developed a deep trust in her capabilities and I couldn't recommend a counsellor more."
"I want to thank you so much for your help. I was really nervous about starting counselling but you put me at ease straight away. You are so easy to talk to. It's amazing how you remember things we'd discussed previously. I felt comfortable discussing anything with you. Through my sessions I have been able to cope with life events and I am much more confident and feeling myself again."
Lucy is a gentle, softly spoken lady who encourages conversation between couples. She allows you time to talk and contemplate without feeling any pressure. She sees and feels things which is quite extraordinary. The lodge that Lucy uses is a very private and calming environment.
J & M.
"A supportive professional service provided in a cosy and comforting environment. Lucy helped me to overcome significant challenges through a caring approach that provided new solutions I hadn't considered. Very highly recommended"
"From the off I felt completely comfortable with Lucy. her counselling space and her manner were both welcoming and warm, and with her I was able to work through my issues and regain my confidence."
"Bereavement Counselling; From the minute I met Lucy at 'Little Lodge' I felt safe and secure and when you are sharing the most traumatic time in your life you need to feel you are in a safe environment. From the start she showed me empathy and kindness. Lucy allowed me to have quiet times, she taught me technics to deal with my anger and sorrow, she always listened to me without being judgmental. Lucy made gentle suggestions about how to deal with my pain, but left me to deal with them in my own time, when I felt able to act upon them, I had amazing results. At the end of each session Lucy was always concerned how I felt and I always felt I could contact her if I needed to. It's been a long journey, one I could not have faced alone, but now I feel I can hold onto my past memories with happiness and also look forward to a peaceful but different future."
"I was at a cross roads in my life, it was very confusing. I felt I was in my darkest hour and I could find no light and my goals were out of sight. the first step is often the hardest and its not easy. but Lucy made me feel welcome and helped me see who I was, what I had become and what I wanted to be. I can not recommend or thank Lucy enough for the guidance and help she gave me."
"My experience coming to see you was excellent.
I was able to talk about everything I wanted to say, you listened and you gave me support and made me feel good about myself.
You gave advise at the right time, you made my burden lighter.
I am so pleased I found you."
"Over a number of years there have been many occasions when I had considered counselling for the long-term impact of two tragic premature bereavements; but I didn’t pursue it, probably out of scepticism. Finally a traumatic incident, involving my closest relative, gave me the extra impetus to make an approach. I’m very glad that I did. Once Lucy had patiently broken down my reticence, I was able to talk candidly with her about subjects which I have seldom touched on with anyone else. I found the person-centred approach referred to on the web-site very much to the fore. Lucy is not judgemental, and approaches issues with a wide perspective. Whilst Lucy did suggest possible courses of action, nothing was given particular emphasis, and I always felt that any decisions were mine to make. During my period of counselling I became involved in a highly charged situation concerning two people whom I know. I believe that being able to discuss this with Lucy helped me to remain restrained, and cope with their unreasonable demands. Although I am not now totally anxiety-free, the extremes have abated, as have my more destructive behaviours."
"From the beginning Lucy was kind, caring, non-judgemental and let me explore my difficulties at my own pace. I was very nervous at the beginning but Lucy's approach and the warm atmosphere helped me to get past this. I was able to work through issues with anxiety, panic attacks, and she helped me work through a phobia which has now become more manageable. Lucy has helped me to understand and be more accepting of myself and I cannot recommend her enough for anyone seeking counselling."
"We found Lucy to be very welcoming and very easy to talk to about anything. It really helped us to open up. Very flexible and we felt straight at ease in her lovely cabin. We’d recommend her to anyone seeking marriage counselling."
J & D.
"I feel so lucky to have found Lucy and have her as my therapist. No matter what I told her, I always felt she accepted me just the way I am, and this has helped me to accept parts of myself that I thought I would never be comfortable with.
I talked about some really painful memories that I’ve never been able to speak about before, and because Lucy’s approach was so caring and gentle I felt safe enough to do this. She helped me make sense of things that have happened to me and supported me while I worked through it.
In my experience Lucy is an amazing therapist, and I would recommend her to anyone, particularly anyone who (like me) was really nervous about seeing a counsellor for the first time!"
"I hadnt had any kind of therapy beyond retail or alcoholic before meeting with Lucy. What I like about talking with Lucy is that I can throw everything that's worrying me at her, and Lucy can cut it down to key points to look at, that somehow makes everything manageable. At first, I could only do that with Lucy, but as time goes on I find I'm working on little bubbles of issues between sessions, and then talking with her and refocusing during the sessions. Lucy doesnt fix anything during the session, but shows me different ways of looking at things so I can figure things out and fix them myself."
"I have found our discussions really profound in the way that you so quickly helped me really get to the heart of underlying worries, judgements and things that had been inbuilt to me from long before I ever felt myself to not feel quite right. I felt utterly worthless when we met, and any worth I did find was in the form of a “use” for others. I think I told you I didn’t have opinions, I didn’t know who I was, but I didn’t like that person anyway. In only a few short months I feel reprogrammed, I have confidence in my feelings and conviction in my opinions. I don’t worry or obsess, and I’m much, much kinder to myself. I never thought I’d meet the person I feel that I am now, let alone become them.
I don’t know if this will be the end of my counselling journey, but I feel I’m now where and who I want to be, not need to be, and it’s all thanks to you. I would whole heartedly recommend you, and if I ever feel the need, will be straight back."
"Lucy is a kind and compassionate counsellor who has helped me through my journey and together we have untangled things along the way. I never felt rushed and when things were difficult she helped with different creative counselling techniques. she has helped me to know I deserve a good life. I have become a happier, more content person for it."
Person-Centred Counselling in Bexhill-on-Sea.
"I have been working with Lucy for almost 6 months now, I would highly recommend her. She provides a safe space where all issues (whether they feel big small) are explored with no judgement. She runs her sessions in a way that makes me feel in control and personally responsible for my progress."
Little Lodge Counselling
"I found the sessions really useful. It was good to have a sound board that didn't judge or pass comment - but offered sensible reasoning as to the cause of my problems. Lucys approach encourages you to find the solution - that comes with talking and just having time to “vent” and having someone neutral who will listen."
"Lucy has given me a new perspective on how my life is going to change. She told me to take care of myself and start thinking of me and to stop fighting. She has a great sense of humour which she uses at all the right times. Thank you for helping me realise that I'm worthy"
"Lucy has really helped me to understand and control my anger and issues at home. Although I am still not perfect at controlling myself sometimes, I am so much better than when I started. I would fully recommend her if any one else has problems they feel they cannot solve by themselves."
"I saw Lucy as a counsellor fortnightly at the beginning of 2016.
I came to her because I was immobilised by grief at the death of my daughter, aged 43.
Rosa had been ill for 2 years and at the end I nursed her at home.
Before I came to Lucy I was finding it hard to function, get through every hour let alone day, and wept all the time. Once I was seeing Lucy, the grief became more manageable.
At the first session I told her the whole terrible 27 month story. I was able to sob and let it all out.
It was as if a huge weight lifted off my chest. She calmly, empathetically reflected back what I had said, so that I felt heard and understood. She clearly summarised what I had said. She has many skills; one of them is an exceptional memory; so she often referred to things I had said many weeks before. She was also immensely reassuring, confirming that yes I had been through a terrible and gruelling experience. This made me realise my emotions were legitimate, not evidence of incipient madness. She also pointed out that there would be bad times, but that I would recover and be able to go on with life, the very bad times would hit me less often.
She observed that I had a triple loss, my daughter’s death, moving from the other side of the country and thirdly losing the meaningful activities I had there. I would always be scarred by the events, but the pain of the scar would lessen. Another skill is that she gave me positive feedback, noting that I was a kind person and that part of my loss was a place or way in which I could be kind. She assisted me I talking through how I could rebuild that aspect of my life, through playing a big role in my grandson’s life and by working with the refugee group in Calais. I often think of Lucy, things she said, her calm and reassuring presence and I recommend her without reservation."
"Lucy instantly put me at ease she has created a relaxed, welcoming environment and allows you to work through your issues/problems without feeling that you are being judged or pressured to act/think in any particular way. These sessions have been fantastic and I would certainly recommend Lucy."
"I just want to thank you so much. in such a short amount of time you helped me massively and I couldn't be more grateful. When I first came to you I was a broken girl who didn't know who she was anymore and after our sessions I left a strong woman who not only knew who she was but she could take on anything. Since seeing you I'm like a totally different person. I see life in a whole new light and can deal with things completely different. My confidence is blooming and that really is thanks to you. If I ever need to speak to someone again you are who I'll go to, I can not recommend you enough."
"Initially, I went to see Lucy to deal with what I thought was solely work related stress. Whilst there was definitely a lot of that to deal with, she helped me see the other issues that were having an effect on me.
The space that Lucy has created meant that I felt comfortable and trusting enough to confide in her and to work through these other issues in a safe environment. It has been a thoroughly enlightening experience, and I am very grateful to Lucy for guiding me through it.
I haven't felt this secure in myself in a very long time, and I recommend her absolutely. Thank you Lucy."
"I came to Lucy 7 months ago a doubting, apologetic wreck, blaming myself for everything and carrying a ton of emotional baggage.
Over the next few months Lucy, just by chatting with me, as you would a friend, helped me to dissect, discard and re-examine what was important to me.
She taught me how to choose not to accept other's negative emotions as my own and how to put me first.
She made me believe in myself and believe that I am important.
Lucy did all this with understanding, empathy and laughter.
I have so much to thank her for and the self-confidence she has given me back or as she would say "it was always in you".
I have had numerous counselling sessions in the past but never have I been guided with such care, respect and compassion.
I can now proudly say I am a good mother, partner, friend and most of all a wonderful human being and if any point in the future I doubt this again, I will be back knocking on the Little Lodge door"
“I am most grateful to Lucy for the counselling I received following my last episode of depression.
When I first went to her I was sad and frightened.
I wasn't sure where to start, what I was going to talk about or where this was going to take me. In fact I felt pretty lost and vulnerable.
Lucy’s caring, professional non-judgemental approach and the warm atmosphere of Little Lodge made me feel comfortable and safe.
I wasn't expecting to feel any difference for ages but just making the decision to go to the first session felt good.
A few weeks down the line and I was able to make sense of 40+ years of baggage thanks to Lucy. In short choosing Lucy as my counsellor was the best decision ever. I am still using the tools she showed me daily and am staying well.”