This powerful piece of prose has been written as a thank you from a mother to the counsellor who helped her from her “lowest ebb” to being “reborn a stronger, more resilient woman”.

Jayne Hammerton likened her journey through counselling to being found in a forest as autumn and then winter took their toll before finding her feet in spring and eventually escaping the forest in the summer.

Now she is sharing her writing and her story in the hope it is useful and beneficial to other people experiencing similar crises.

“I find writing quite cathartic,” said Jayne, who lives in South Yorkshire. “I wrote it about three or four years ago while I was going through counselling.

“It was something that formed in my mind during the counselling sessions.

“It was more of a thank you to my counsellor. It’s a descriptive piece describing my journey through counselling.

“It’s as though I am lost in this forest. It describes my journey through the forest, through the seasons and the way my counsellor came across me and helped me find my way out of there and the various issues that were affecting me, in the same way that some of the seasons can be quite difficult to overcome.”

Jayne’s counselling was delivered through Rotherham Abuse Counselling Service. She was referred after her mental health was affected by her partner of 21 years ending their relationship, which was followed by Jayne being diagnosed with Asperger’s and ADHD.


“It was quite traumatic for me,” said Jayne. “We have a daughter, who was nine at the time, and when he left he made it seem he was leaving because he was unhappy.

“We parted on amicable terms, but it transpired he left to be with someone else. That felt like a betrayal.”

Jayne added: “My head was full of these difficult thoughts. I wanted to come back to them and deal with them, but I couldn’t deal with them while they were in my head.

“So, I started writing things down. It is quite cathartic to get things down on paper and out of my head.”


Angela Toulson, executive officer at Rotherham Abuse Counselling Service, said: “Any form of feedback is really positive beause it’s about making sure the service meets the needs of our service users.

“And it’s really positive that Annmarie has been able to help her in this way.

“It’s not just about this particular instance. She can use her skill and ways of managing other things that are going to happen at a later time.

“She can take it forward in her life and pass it on to other people to help them.”

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and want to speak to a BACP counsellor or psychotherapist, you can find one via our directory.