Mark parr's story
I have sort many counsellors over the years but I guess I wasn't ready at that time. In 2014 after separating from my second wife and being throughly miserable living on my own in a strange town not knowing anyone, I decided I needed to change my life, the way I looked at things and acted on them. I had lost all confidence in myself and was at a very low point and I decided I needed help - so I went to see my GP and he referred me to Mind in Rochdale. I attended an initial assessment then waited a good few weeks (10 in fact) before I saw anyone. I became frustrated in this time and made several phone calls to Mind as to when I would be seen - not all were pleasant which I later did apologise for. I then got to meet my counsellor who was brilliant from the start. He seemed to understand me straight away and we got on great. The sessions would always run over - they went so quick when I left the session every week I couldn't wait for next. My Counsellor made me feel like I was living again and I can't thank him enough. He helped me realise where I was going wrong and if problems occurred again I would be able to deal with them in a confident way. My Counsellor encouraged me to do a counselling course and now I am just about to start my level 5 diploma in counselling. I would just like to say this man changed my life for the better and can't thank him enough. I am now in a long term relationship and couldn't be happier.