"Derek made a huge difference to our son by being extremely dependable and approachable ... through genuine professionalism and hard won skill Derek was getting through and the effects were dramatic and extremely encouraging"
“…Derek reached us as a family which really shone. We had several family meetings with him and our son. Right from the first one it was clear Derek really knew how to facilitate open but at the same time challenging discussions all centered on what was best for our son. We came away each time feeling we had really got to grips with what was bothering us”.
“…family meetings got each of us to reflect on our own views. A change of perspective was just part of it. We really planned for and looked forward to the family meetings knowing they would be worthwhile”.
"Our son would not be where he is now without Derek. As a family we would not have been able to support our son in all the ways we have and are continuing to do without Derek".
"I found my relationship with Derek quite unique and special. One of the main reasons was the trust I had in him quite early on from the start of our sessions together. It's easy to talk to him for the main reason that I do not feel judged at all by him, no matter what I chose to share. I have shared things with Derek that I have not done with any other human being".
"Counselling with Derek has been the most helpful I have had to date. I have had a few different experiences with therapists in the years gone …his approach to my problems helped me to fully trust him in all aspects of my sessions with him. He has a way of crystallizing my issues which I find very rare and precious, and i would recommend Derek to family and friends".
"Therapy with Derek was the best decision that Ive made. Derek is easy to talk to he is an insightful therapist and an intuitive listener and we were able to work through some issues that I had been holding me back from being the person that I know I can be. I am grateful that I found Derek at one of the darkest times of my life."
"Last year when I was going through a very difficult time in my personal life and attended numerous sessions with Derek from the start he made me feel very welcome and at ease, and so I was able to have open conversations with him which gave me the opportunity to explore my unhappy situation and to gradually progress and look towards a better life.
"Each week I looked forward to meeting up with him again and his counselling continues to help me.I would certainly recommend Derek to a friend or anyone who finds him/ herself in need of such help"
"I have rarely felt seeing Derek as a chore or a challenge. Most of the issues we talk about around my addiction are quite serious and have had profound changes on my life…the way we explore these are refreshing and are approached from a perspective that makes them easy to talk about, which then I have to try and tackle"