Kind Words from Former Clients

To whoever needs to hear this,

 

     As a man who walked around for over 30 years suffering from a traumatic childhood that carried over into my teen and young adult years, I know how you feel. I tried therapy a few times with less than positive results and had begun to wonder if there was anyone that could help me or even understand where I was coming from. I had lost faith in therapy and even myself. I needed to find someone who I could trust and could wrap their head around my situation and what had happened to me. I needed someone that could lead me. I found that the moment I contacted Anne and it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made. She has guided me to a place I thought was reserved for other people, but not me. I've discovered a true peace of mind, real confidence in my self and a happiness that I've never felt before. I am no longer a victim and I see real value in myself and my life. I will be in her debt because her guidance and teachings are worth much more than the money spent each week. She may not be the perfect therapist for you but she was for me and I would have never know if I didnt pick up that phone and call. Thank you Anne for being the light that brought me out of that dark tunnel, my family and I are eternally grateful. -Yulee Client

I started seeing Anne during a very scary chapter of parenting my son.  I felt so lost and so sad that my child was going through all of this and I needed help. Anne was there to guide me on how I could help my son. The first few sessions I had were so great and Anne was so down to earth and I was so comfortable with her. I always felt like I was talking to one of my close girlfriends. During the first couple of months of therapy my ex-husband passed away very unexpectedly and very tragically. I was so very sad and did not expect it to effect me in the way that it did. Around this time is when Anne told me about EMDR therapy. She said how amazing it was and how I could take all of the traumas I've faced in my life and reprogram my brain so that they no longer effected me in a negative way. At first I was a little skeptical and thought that it was too good to be true. Then the more I thought about it the more intrigued I became & I let Anne know that I was all in. I am not even going to lie, it was a lot of work, it was extremely intense and exhausting. Some days I absolutely dreaded going to therapy and I LOVE therapy. Some days I left feeling like crap, with the worst headache ever, eyes all red & swollen from all of the crying. Then I started to see how those traumatic experiences little by little no longer effected me like they did before. I started feeling good about myself, I was mentally lighter and I was starting to feel like the person I knew I was meant to be. Anne guided me through all of those tunnels and we had some major breakthroughs. Because of EMDR I am a different person, a better version of myself. I am free because I broke all of those chains that bound me to my guilt, to my shame, to all the lies I'd been telling myself for years. I have learned that I AM enough and that my feelings matter, I matter. I am learning every day to love myself more and more. I am so thankful for Anne and all of her kindness and her support! -Fernandina Beach client

Working with Anne for about 4 months has been a tremendous help for me.  I came with a bundle of issues--anxiety, depression, PTSD from childhood experiences, substance abuse, etc. One by one, together we teased apart these things that were keeping me stuck.  With EMDR, and excellent sessions with talking (and laughing!), I am in a much better place than I ever could have imagined. I am deeply grateful. -Former Fernandina Beach client

Anne is an amazing therapist!  I have seen several therapists throughout my life and each have benefitted me in different ways.  However, I attribute a great deal of my personal growth to my work with Anne.  Her genuineness and easy going presence allowed me to feel safe and comfortable quickly.  She challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and helped me to begin to overcome my anxiety.  When I began seeing Anne, I struggled with a very negative view of myself which led to social anxiety.  I found myself constantly second guessing myself and would hold myself back from new experiences out of fear.  After my work with Anne, I can honestly say that I have become the person I always wanted to be.  I know that some of my struggles will reappear throughout my life (something that Anne taught me) but that they have and will continue to be less frequent and less powerful.  I now have the ability to overcome my obstacles with having built greater trust in myself.  I am beyond grateful to Anne for being such a positive presence in my journey.  I would highly recommend her to anyone considering therapy.  You will grow and it will be worth it! -Former Jacksonville client

 Anne was calm, caring and so kind. She was exactly the therapist I needed. I needed and wanted unconditional understanding. With Anne's kindness and understanding I have learned how to love myself. I highly recommend therapy, counseling and bettering yourself. Anne Cleary is a great person to go on the journey with. -Former Jacksonville Beach client

I had seen a multitude of therapists that were unable to help me make any real improvement in recovering from being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse before finally finding Anne. Anne is very nurturing and trustworthy, but she also is very adept in her understanding of all the areas sexual abuse can effect. For the first time in my life I felt truly understood. She has been an invaluable guide in helping me heal my life and release myself from shame, blame and guilt. I am so grateful for her. -Former Jacksonville client

"I am so grateful for the sessions I have with Anne. I was hesitant in the beginning about seeking counseling, but Thank God I got over that, and reached out to Anne. From the start she listened to me express my feelings, and asked meaningful thoughtful questions that made me feel she really cared about me, and made me think about the direction my life was going. She related to me as a women, but she never told me what to do, are how to be, she asked me thought provoking questions that were genuine, and heartfelt, and those questions lead to serious thought during and between our sessions, and those thoughts lead to a plan to change the way I relate to others and to examine my relationship with others. Anne has helped me to manage my fears, anxieties and self esteem issue. I hope that anyone reading this who may be feeling depressed, and struggling to handle their emotions alone, will reach out to a professional like Anne who is exactly what they need." -Former Jacksonville client