My son is a quiet introvert and was struggling with attendance at school due to his accompanying social anxiety disorder.
My son now has no issues with his attendance at school. I have seen his confidence increase and although the anxiety is still present, he is more able to cope and push through it.
My son has spoken positively about his counselling sessions with Tracy and states that she makes him feel like he is not alone.
Because Tracy is a quiet introvert herself, she fully understands my son’s issues and is better able to help him. This has been evident throughout our experience working with her.
My daughter was having some challenges with friendships with peer groups both in and out of school. The pandemic only exacerbated the issue. She had low self-confidence and didn’t trust that new people she met would genuinely like her for being her.
She had experienced some bullying/harassing behaviours from peers and was struggling to deal with it all and feeling very alone/isolated as a result. From a young age, she was receiving signals that there was something “wrong” with her because she was quiet and also tall for her age. This brought unwanted attention, that made her question her self worth and how she fit into the world.
I saw my daughter begin to understand that her personality (quiet and sensitive) was not only normal but also brings some welcomed diversity into the world. I saw her embracing her qualities and holding her head higher as a result. Tracy helped to explore the benefits and also provided a way for her to explore some of these very deeply held notions about herself and start to myth bust many of the narratives playing in her head.
Tracy provides a warm, comfortable, supportive atmosphere that helps my daughter to feel safe to share what is going on in her mind. Tracy also will share personal experiences that help her relate to the feelings/emotions/reactions my daughter might be having.
Tracy has provided me as the parent with an acknowledgement of how society, in general, sends mixed signals to quiet/sensitive people. I am much more aware of how my words/actions impact my daughter.
The support from Tracy has been invaluable and I know that both my daughter and I have grown for the better because of her support. During an already challenging year, I know we would not be in the place we are today without the help of Tracy.