Recovery stories

Jimmy referred himself to Simpson House Counselling.  He describes his journey......

"I was in a bloody mess; my head was in turmoil. I felt like I was going under. I'd had a horrible time in the past, I regularly got beatings from my mum and dad, I ran away lots and was taken into care when I was seven and no one cared for me growing up. As a wee boy and teenager I was sexually and physically abused. I just kept asking myself, 'Why me?' - I always thought I'd done something to deserve it.

"Coming to Simpson House has been the best thing I've done in my life. I used to think that what happened in the past was my fault, now I realise that it wasn't. I feel that my counsellor has done for me what my parents should have. I used to think that people didn't care; now I know that they do. I now have several loving and supportive relationships. 

"Before I came to Simpson House I had a barrier that no one got through, I didn't trust people. Now I realise that I am in control of the barrier and who I let through. Coming to counselling was the hardest and scariest thing I have ever done in my life but it is also the best thing I have ever done."

When asked what to say to others who might be considering counselling, Jimmy says, "Go for it! It will feel hard but give it a chance, persevere, it's been hard but it's worked a treat for me. Simpson House saved my life."

"It's been hard but it's worked a treat for me. Simpson House saved my life."

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