It has been a worthwhile journey: for the first time I now have an awareness of why I think and behave the way I do — and am coping better with stressful situations.
— 32 year old man with anxiety and depression, leading to self esteem and relationship problems.
It has been challenging at times, but I feel more able to assert myself in social and work situations now, instead of shrinking away.
— 27 year old woman, with an unresolved childhood trauma resulting in under confidence, anxiety, and an inability to trust others.
I just feel better now! The sessions gave me clarity, instead of a muddled mind which kept going around the same problem in never-ending circles. I can see a way forward now.
— 53 year old woman, faced with a significant relationship problem.
Working with Sally, we went from ignorance about our son’s condition, and fear for the future, to understanding and a belief that we could and would cope.
— Father of a 3 year old boy with autism and learning difficulties.
Sally’s approachability, willingness to listen, and her depth of knowledge gave us the confidence and tools to cope with our son’s difficulties: play therapy also made a huge difference.
— Mother of a 6 year old boy with Social Communication and Interaction Difficulties, now successfully integrated into his local school.
Our involvement with Sally Cooke, initially through Early Birds, literally changed all our lives for the better – our ASD son and all the family.
— Mother of 4 year old boy with ASD.
Play and Creative Arts Therapy
My son learned that it’s OK to have sad and angry feelings and I now see him using his toys at home to play out little scenes; for the first time he can tell me he misses his Dad and come for a cuddle; his temper tantrums are far less frequent.
— Mother of 5 year old boy following divorce.
I never thought my daughter would leave me and go to school, or talk to anybody outside the family. I left her at school this morning playing happily with friends – she’s still very quiet, but it’s coming. Thank you so much!
— Father of 4 year old girl with selective mutism and separation anxiety.
I really didn’t think playing with a sand tray and figures would help me…what did I know! I’m amazed at the insights I got from the scene that emerged as I worked—far more effective for me than any amount of talking!
— 55 year old woman.