"I guess I’m quite typical for a man - generally not very good at opening up and sharing thoughts and feelings. So, when I finally decided I needed to find someone to talk things through with, I was keen to find that one person, that one profile among many, whom I thought I could relate most closely to and feel secure about opening up to.
I was lucky to find Roddy - firstly that he had a weekly slot which suited us both (he’s in great demand) and secondly that with his guidance and support, I’ve been able to examine and address my issues.
Roddy has been a huge support and has been fundamental in getting my mind sorted and back on track. I would recommend anyone who is even considering counselling to get in touch with Roddy - it may just be the most important call you make".
"I benefitted massively from the counselling sessions with Roddy. Having had some counselling before I kind of knew what to expect but from our first session I found that he created a brilliant environment in which it was easy to talk through things, clearly identify issues and discuss different strategies. He catered our meetings very well to what I had been going through each week and I really appreciated the calm space he gave to be able to go through concerns and help understand myself better.
I particularly found helpful his calm and positive manner that helped me openly share what I had been going through and always left me feeling encouraged. There was a really good balance between having someone listen and clearly communicate back to me what I was saying and thinking as well as stepping in at the right moments with advice and guidance.
Sessions included some really helpful exercises and metaphors to understand how I think and feel in ways that have had a really positive impact on my outlook and wellbeing.
I now have a far better awareness of myself and my responses to different situations.
Overall the counselling sessions that I had with Roddy have been a fantastic form of support, at a time when I really needed it, and I feel well equipped to deal with life's challenges going forward".
Anonymous - Male
"I was severely anxious when I first came to counselling with Roddy but I immediately felt comfortable, respected and heard.
Over the weeks we have worked with current and childhood matters/blocks/fears, looking for links and holding very difficult feelings.
We have worked together to find unhelpful ways of thinking and how these can be remodelled and better ways created.
I would highly recommend Roddy Macdonald".
"I met with Roddy after having seen 6 other counsellors and psychiatrists. Right from the start I felt comfortable and at ease with him. I have struggled with anorexia nervosa and mental health disorders for many years and been admitted to the Priory Hospital.
I cannot overemphasise the help that I have received from Roddy. For the first time in my life I felt that I was treated like a normal human being and not just a condition. At the end of my therapy I have managed to throw away my scales, I have bought new clothes as I was using my old clothes to measure myself, my relationship with my husband is greatly improved and I am no longer controlled by my eating disorder.
I cannot recommend Roddy highly enough".
Anonymous - Female
"Hi Roddy – I wanted to say thank you for the session last week. It’s already made a huge difference and whilst I felt completely drained after, as it was quite heavy, it was really helpful and important".
Anonymous - Female
"I have recommended others to Roddy as I found him a compassionate, understanding and insightful Counsellor, who helped me restore a very damaged relationship with a loved one. Thank you Roddy for all you do."
Anonymous - Male
After suffering from extreme guilt, anxiety and low self-esteem Roddy has provided the light at the end of the tunnel and each week with his caring approach, understanding and patience the light has grown. I now understand where a lot of my problems started and would happily recommend Roddy to others. Ann