It is always with gratitude that I receive letters of thanks or acknowledgement from clients I have worked with. These are just some of the notes I have received. Identifying comments have been removed and no names have been included for confidentiality purposes.
Sharon Chapman is a highly experienced counsellor who, through her tailored assistance and dedication, has made me the person I am today. After years of struggling with depression, social anxiety, substance abuse and bulimia, I’ve been in and out of therapy since I was a young teenager. Although many of my experiences with past psychologists have been shrouded in awkwardness, Sharon gave me undivided attention, made me feel comfortable and has changed me and given me a new appreciation for myself and life more generally. She has given me the confidence to change my negative coping mechanisms and guided me to achieve the best I possibly can. As an 18 year old, I am finally seeing real change and development in myself and have a new love for life. With no word of a lie, I owe my success and happiness to her. If you’re looking for guidance and support, look no further than Affinity Counselling. I am truly grateful for the growth and confidence that I accredit to her dedication, diligence and empathy. Thank you for everything Sharon. Uni Student.
Sharon is fantastic at her job, and I get excited when I know I have an appointment that day with her. Sharon is an honest, wise, laid back person. Sharon is someone who I trust their opinion and guidance, this is very big for me to let someone in as I have with her. If you are willing to grow and sometimes told to pull your head in, you will come out with a better and happier person. Builder, Castle Hill.
“I took my 16-year-old daughter to Sharon because I knew her from marriage counselling years before and she was helpful to us then. My daughter was into all sorts of trouble and refused to accept our help or talk to anyone. Her school, a good school, kept calling us for her behaviour. My husband and I were at our wits end. We ended up dragging her to Sharon as a desperate attempt to get some help for her as she wouldn’t talk to us at all and was always angry. I was embarrassed with her behaviour how she went into the first session but Sharon just seemed relaxed. At the end of the session Sharon told me we needed to book another session. My daughter said she was fine and was angry about needing to go again but we went back the next week. I don’t know what Sharon did in there but after the third session I could hear laughter from the waiting room and when she came out Sharon asked her if next week worked and she said “yes that would be great”. We are still a work in progress but I can see slight changes and she looks forward to seeing Sharon. My daughter loves animals and she said Sharon and her sit on the floor patting her dog while they chat. As parents we feel so much safer knowing there is an adult guiding our daughter and that she has someone she can trust to open up to. Don’t know how she does it, she’s the teen whisperer”! Stay at home Mum, Dural.
“It’s clear you are at the top of your game. You know what you’re doing and I trust you which I don’t offer easily”. Electrician, 47, Baulkham Hills.
“My wife and I have been to 5 marriage counsellors over the years. Always the same problems and always we felt pretty disappointed afterwards. Some of them we just didn’t like to be blunt and others were nice but didn’t seem to get to the root of our problems. Rather we talked about how we felt about stuff which was good but didn’t fix anything. Finally, after moving into the area we found Sharon and it made us realise within the first session exactly what was underlying our problems. She is in a whole different league to other counsellors and my only regret is that we didn’t find her 5 years ago. She has an honesty and ability to look at what is underneath and help us with tools to make the changes. We both see her now as individuals and as a couple as we refuse to see anyone else and waste our time”. Husband, Engineer, Norwest.
“Dearest Sharon, I just want to thank you for all your support over the last few years and wish you and your family a Happy Christmas. I hope you enjoy your family time, and the break from helping people like me. I can’t thank you enough for your help throughout everything that has happened. I know from being to other counsellors over the years that you do way more than you are meant to and you really care. I’m where I am today because of your kindness and support. Your kids are so lucky to have you”. Mum, Marketing manager, Glenwood.
“My husband doesn’t trust counsellors, I had to drag him here for us. But he really likes you, he thinks you’re intelligent and just get him. That’s a big deal”. Wife, Nurse, Dural.
“Thanks Sharon. Never done counselling before and to be honest you know how much I didn’t want to talk to you. But you made it easy and I ended up looking forward to our sessions. Thanks for your help, I’ll be back if I need your help again”. Male 29, Finance, Baulkham Hills
“Sharon you make feel great when I leave from talking to you. Wish I could take you home with me, life would be easy with you helping me out all the time”. Female, 19, Beauty therapist, Baulkham Hills
“Thanks Sharon, that was the worst time of my life and my sessions with you were the only thing that kept me going through that. Can’t thank you enough”. Male, 39, Builder, Winston Hills
“Dear Sharon, Thanks so much for your support over the last year. I don’t know where I’d be without you. I’m excited about my life and my new job and I wouldn’t have taken the steps I have without your help. I’m back into the big career I love and will be coming to you to help with career and business advice going forward as you just make sense. Something that is hard to come by these days. I’ll be sending both my employees and friends to you in the future. Finding you was indeed a blessing”. Female, 42, Product Development Manager, Castle Hill
“Hi Sharon. Just wanted to touch base with you as you asked me to keep you updated with how we are going. Two years on since we ended our couples counselling and we are still really happy. We have our moments because we are both stubborn as you know😊 But we always stop before it goes too far and ask “what would Sharon say?”!! Our friends have asked who the hell Sharon is when we have said that!! Can’t thank you enough for helping us sort our stuff and work out how to understand each other and actually talk properly. We tell all our friends to come to you to learn the stuff we have. Hope you’re all good. We’ll be back if we can’t solve a problem. All the best”. Wife, 37, Retail worker, Norwest.
“Brilliant. Finally, some input rather than just talking about my feelings. I know my feelings. I needed some help with what direction I wanted to go”. Law student, 21, Pennant Hills.
“I don’t have anyone to talk to, nobody understands me except you”. Student 16, Norwest.
“I think I’m better now. Mum and Dad are heaps better with me since you spoke to them about what I need. It’s really good at home now”. Student 17, Baulkham Hills.
“You’re good, I like you and you are easy to talk to. I could see in the first session that you just understood my wife and I. Probably better than we did really.” Husband, 48, Sales
“We had an amazing counsellor overseas and have tried a few here since we came home but haven’t found anyone yet that is as good. A friend recommended you, said you were amazing so that’s why I came today, to see if you would be a good fit for us and you are as great as our overseas counsellor. You are. It’s a relief to have found you”. Mum, 32, Stanhope Gardens.
I would like to thank you for the help you have given me. In just a few short weeks you have helped me to change my thinking and my perspective on life. The anxiety I was experiencing is completely gone and I am very happy in my life and my thoughts because of you. I will be sure to contact you if I ever find myself in need of help again.
K. Baulkham Hills
Hi Sharon, You are in my thoughts quite often as ‘the person who helped save my marriage’. My husband and I have seen a massive improvement from our short time with you. Thanks to you and the efforts from both my husband and myself, I feel like I have my best friend back and I haven’t been this happy since we had children. I’m hoping the skills you taught us will always be remembered, but I will be the first to reach for your number if they aren’t.
L. Baulkham Hills
Sharon, a big thankyou for the help you gave my family. We have been to counselling before but have never received the service and caring attitude you displayed towards us. Being able to call you in between sessions to discuss things that weren’t going right was a great support to us and helped us reach the goals we set with you. We will be referring our friends who may need help to you.
I attended counselling with Sharon to help work out parenting solutions for my young children. After discussing with Sharon what I needed, she worked with us to set rules and help improve our communication. It was a really helpful experience and made a huge difference to our lives. Sharon was also available to talk to me any time I needed extra support and I really felt like I had someone working with me who cared about us. I would recommend Affinity Counselling to anyone who wants a counsellor that really cares.
A, Baulkham Hills
My sessions with Sharon have brought me a new perspective and greatly increased my enjoyment of life. Sharon possesses a rare common sense and caring attitude that was apparent from the first sessions, I value the work we have done together very highly. I would recommend Sharon to anyone interested in working through an issue in a positive way.
I can’t thank you enough for the changes you have made in my life. Whilst I have always loved my children, the behaviour at home and when out was so bad that our family was in a complete mess and life was just hard work. I was at the end of my tether when we called you and the strategies you put in place for us have completely changed our lives. I now look forward to my boys coming home from school and the family time we have together. You really have completely changed our lives and I will always be grateful for your help and care you took in helping our family.
I just want to say thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. I don’t know where my life would be without you. Talking you as a counsellor felt like I had known you for years and I felt comfortable from the word go. You have helped me turn my life around and I would recommend you to anyone who is struggling with life.
I can’t thank you enough and will remember this for the rest of my life. You have been my rock, my guardian angel and are such a warm and beautiful person. Thankyou for helping me in my time of need.
D. Rouse Hill
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