TonicCounselling Individual and Couple Counselling and Anger Management
for Rushden, Wellingborough, Milton Keynes and Canterbury

Counselling Services and Anger Management Testimonials

Counselling and Psychotherapy Services and Anger Management Therapy are generally experienced by the individual as very private and personal and therefore few clients offer feedback or recommendation. However, below is a selection of the many testimonials that we have received over the years. All are genuine feedback from real clients expressing their feelings. Hopefully these testimonials will offer some insight into what engaging with our practice and its counsellors and psychotherapists is truly like.

"I would like to thank you for all the help you have given me over the past few months, the advice and support you have offered me will stay with me for the rest of my life, I have noticed within myself the changes that I have made with your help and am very pleased. I am much more confident and now see myself as a good person which I did not when I first began to attend therapy. I never thought I would be able to stand up for myself and I am 100% positive that there is no-one on this earth you would be unable to help."... Individual Counselling, Female early 20s - Wellingborough area.

"I would just like to thank you for helping me to get to this point in my life, I greatly admire your selfless attitude and am so thankful for everything you have done for me so far."... Individual Counselling, Male 30s From Northampton area.

"Quite simply, coming to work with Carlos to resolve my daughter's anxieties has provided me with a belief in myself, an empowerment to understand why people behave the way they do and why my life today has been influenced by my childhood, through addressing my feelings. This has enabled me to:
• secure my daughter and eliminate her anxieties, within weeks
• secure my understanding of myself and my experiences, to dimish feelings of anxiety I have lived with all of my life, within months
• strengthen my marriage
• support family members in their relationships which have positively developed, within months.
There is no doubt that this has challenged my thinking and memories as well as my resolve, but this is life long learning where cognitive therapies have failed. I cannot place a price our well being but know this has been invaluable to me, so thank you very much. I am glad that your door is always open - thank you." ... Parent and Relationship Counselling, Female late 30s - Wellingborough area

"... thank you for helping me... I shall, whenever the opportunity presents itself, recommend you to any of my friends... thank you for a really insightful and interesting learning experience, resultant of which I am more positive and embrace each day with renewed vigour. I am a much happier person and this can only benefit not only myself but my family. I shall have no hesitation in contacting you again should I feel it necessary." Counselling and Psychotherapy, Female 30s - Rushden area.

"After our time working together, I'm a happier and calmer person. I am enjoying my life more. My relationship is stronger and my business is doing better than ever. You've said to me a couple of times that I did all the hard work, not you. But you provided me with the right environment and sufficient motivation to address issues I didn't really want to address. Thank you." ... Business and individual counselling, Male mid 30s - Wellingborough area

"About time I dropped you a line to say a huge thank you. I didn't really know what to expect when I first came to see you but I'm glad I took the plunge and made contact.
So this is just a very big thank you for letting me rant and rave, for allowing me to talk openly about my issues and for teaching me to look at life a little differently and to believe, especially in myself and to give others the benefit of the doubt. It has definitely been an eye opener and I have learnt so much about myself. I wish you and yours all the very best for the future." Counselling and Psychotherapy, Male 30s - Raunds area.

"Carlos is the fourth therapist i've seen in my life and he's far and away the best. Unlike some, he doesn't 'keep on going over the past'. Instead, we spoke about my current problems, looked at how my past experiences were affecting my thoughts and behaviours, and found a way forward together.
He's intellectually vigorous- he calls you out on any false negative beliefs you hold, and explains complicated ideas using fun stories that you can picture, that really stay with you. When times were hard, Carlos was a strong guiding light. When times were good, he shared my happiness. Above all, he taught me to trust and respect my own emotions. I feel that he could offer useful advice on almost any topic, from techniques for managing your difficult boss to car mechanics! It's easy to forget how far you've come, but I'm ten times happier now, and living my life with much more purpose and gusto, thanks to having such a wise and dedicated person in my life." ... Anxiety Counselling, Female late 20's Higham Ferrers area.

"Thank you for your time, I feel so relieved after talking to you which is strange to me as when I usually talk to someone I feel the pain again. I will try what you suggested with my family. Thanks so much again I will tell you my progress." ... Family Therapy, Female 40s - International Skype

"I went to see Carlos around 8 months ago after a very emotional break up of a relationship. I found myself to very angry all of the time. I am a manger of a workshop, so my job can be very stressful. Carlos taught me to calm down & take one day at a time. I used to think I was the only one that could get the jobs done at work. I did learn that with a little bit of patience & direction my staff were quite capable too. This has made my job less stressful & less angry. I found Carlos very easy to talk to about any part of my life. Which is a new one to me. I am the sort of person that that holds everything in. Now I have learnt there is a different way. I have now moved on in my private life & doing very well. Thanks Carlos for all your help." ... Anger Management Counselling, Male 30s - Newport Pagnell area.

"...I have found it to be incredibly helpful and you have really helped me in understanding myself and my relationships better. As I mentioned last week I think you are very, very good at what you do and the IT world’s loss is very much the Therapists world’s gain... I genuinely appreciate all your help, advise and the sessions have been a pleasure rather than a chore...." Counselling, Male 30s - Rushden area.

"Dear Suzanne, I really can’t quantify how much my life has improved since I first contacted you two years ago. I am happier, healthier and far more content with my life and my relationships than ever before. Without your help I dread to think where I would be now and I can’t thank you enough." ... Personal and Relational Counselling, 40s Male - Milton Keynes area.

"... thank you very much for your help over these past months helping to deal with my anger issues. I must say I feel able to deal with my anger now and better understand myself... thank you for all that you have done for me. Forever grateful..." Anger Management, Male 40s - Milton Keynes area.

"Carlos is a therapist who has an intrinsic knowledge of human nature and has had a lot of life experience in relationships and, massively importantly, is in one, a very good one, and has been for many years. So the advice he gives you is very practical and sound, and works, and comes from a very genuine place. He is not there too build a business, or make money, or be your friend and tell you what you want too hear, or boost his ego by boosting yours. He is doing this because he wants too help you, is very good at it, and enjoys it. Don't expect miracles out of the blue, expect it too be hard work, but he will help you, or make you understand, face up too the problem/s you are hitting, and give you the right advice on how too work through them." ... Relationship and Personal Counselling, Male 20s - Kettering area.

"I made the decision to see Carlos as my marriage was at a pivotal stage of make or break and we have two young children. After visiting Carlos I found it very easy to open up to him and he made me feel comfortable straight away. It almost felt like he was my teacher and I his pupil as he worked more on the basis of imparting helpful tips and knowledge but inter twining them with past and present events in my life. Not only did this help with my stress levels at home and around the family, it also gave me some clarity and comfort on my past which had been chipping away at me inside without me realising it until Carlos came along! I was very sceptical at first when I decided to see a "counsellor" but soon came to realise that he just a normal guy giving clear unbiased advice and guidance. His help will never be forgotten as he helped me hold my marriage and family together more than he realises. In the nicest possible way Carlos, thank you so much for all your guidance but I hope I never have to see you again!" Relationship Counselling, Male 50s - Kettering area.

"I just wanted to drop you a line to say a very big thank you for the help you have given [my son] over the last 6 months. He came to trust you completely and was always very keen to talk to me about some of the things you discussed. You taught him a lot and I don't underestimate the influence you have had in such a short time... He has not touched methadrone since he first admitted he had a problem, that I knew was enough to stop him, but you have also changed his attitude to drinking. Not that he has stopped, mind you, just that he seems to have a more grown up attitude to it. I'm also still a bit concerned that he seems unable to be content without a girlfriend. As you will know, he has split from [his girlfriend], which he has dealt with amazing well, but is already seeing someone else. Hey ho, I guess that could be considered normal for a 22 year old man!
Suffice to say he seems to have matured, become more circumspect and more interested in pursuit of his own happiness instead of constantly pleasing others.
I've been a bit cynical about counselling in the past and came to you in desperation but I can honestly say that I feel every penny was well spent and it has been a huge support to both [my son] and me knowing that you were there for him to turn to if and when he needed it.
Thank you again." From a Mum: Substance Misuse Counselling, Male 20s - Raunds area

"Thank you very much for all the care and patience you've given to me. It is very much appreciated." Anxiety Therapy, Female, teens - Dunstable area.

"I visited the practice and worked through a very stressful and acrimonious divorce, the loss of a family business and court cases with regards to a residency application for my children... you can always rely on sound advice, to help you learn the skills to manage the issues before you, so all does not seem lost, ... but the striking part of his relationship with you is his memory of events and conversations, superb recall of things discussed with him and the fact that you don’t just sit and talk... As a result of my consultations with Tonic Talk I was able to obtain the residency order I wanted for my children, re-launch my business and feel that the world has something to offer. I am now in a loving relationship with a new partner and my life appears to be back on track. I have no doubt that my time with Carlos and Tonic Talk has enabled me to turn the corner, accept my situation, see through the fog, taught me to face and resolve issues, but most of all that to love and help others you must learn to love and help yourself first. THANK YOU DOES NOT SEEM ENOUGH." Divorce Counselling, Male 50s - St Neots area.

"I, [client name], test negative for presence of THC (Cannabis).
Thank You :)" Substance Misuse Counselling, Male 30s - Northampton area.

"I just want to thank you for helping me overcome my anxiety issues and make massive changes in my life.
When I first came to see you I felt lost in my own mind, alone and completely helpless to do anything about it. My stomach problems which were occurring due to my anxiety were controlling my life.
Fast forward six months, my life has completely transformed. We talked about the sources of my anxiety and you helped me recognise very quickly where my issues stemmed from and then challenged me to question these influences, but also appreciate situations from other people’s point of view, where previously I wouldn’t have. You were always there for me with words of advice, even when I didn’t have a session you were a phone call away.
The main factor which has helped me is not only your skill as a counsellor, but simply that you are a lovely person, who through your humour and calm approach has given me the tools to cope with my emotions and anxiety, but also help me recognise that I am an amazing person with so many good things going for me.
I have now moved out of my parent’s home, I am living with my now fiancé in our first home together and are aiming to get married by the end of the year!
I cannot recommend Carlos enough.
Thank you so much!
(PS Hope you are still eating Jaffa Cakes and Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream is still significantly better than Vanilla)." Anxiety and Panic Attacks Counselling, Male late 20s - Olney area.

"Carlos was a great help during a very difficult time for me. I was quite nervous at first but his direct & honest approach helped me see my situation in a more positive & constructive light. I’m not normally very good at talking about personal issues but with Carlos I felt comfortable discussing problems I wouldn’t bother even friends & family with.
Carlos is one of the most interesting people I have met & his perspective on life was totally refreshing & at odds with everything I thought before. I would highly recommend him." Anxiety counselling, Female 30s, - Rushden area.

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