John's Story

"The relief after the first session was huge. Just being able to talk was good."

Meet John

He holds a senior position at one of the larger finance companies in the city. He still holds that job and is coping well despite a difficult year. A very difficult year. And thanks to the confidential counselling service provided by Mynurva.

But the outcome could have been very different.

John (not his real name) had a very successful career. A good job – a job he used to love despite the long commuting hours. A loving family, a nice house, enjoyable times with his children and exotic holidays. But over the last year, lots of things changed. And seemingly changed for the worse.

At work, a change of colleagues meant the office was more stressful. Trains were often late. His wife was not coping well with the death of her mother and both children were having problems at school. Even the last holiday was not relaxing and seemed a time of arguments and stress. At the weekend the car failed its MOT. Gradually life was losing any enjoyment and each day a struggle.

The new younger guy in the office was doing well and John felt he was likely to be missed out for next promotion. Some of the others were annoyingly happy yet he was just tired – very tired and starting to make mistakes. Could he lose his job? What would happen? Negative thoughts kept coming. On trains and at night and he was too tired to sleep – if that is possible?

His wife started suggested he go to the doctor or get help – but that was out of the question. If anyone found out he’d lose his job, and he was too busy to make an appointment.

Luckily someone suggested Mynurva – confidential counselling from your own home. He could choose the time when children were out – either mid-morning Saturday or mid-week evening. No time off work. And better still quick and easy to arrange – visit the website and sign up – all done within a few minutes. At least that was not stressful!

"I’d recommend Mynurva to anyone in a senior business position who is struggling with the demand of both work and family."

So, what is life like now?

“There are some times when life is still difficult – but I am coping better. Not always – I am still learning. But the outlook is much better than before. I’d recommend Mynurva to anyone in a senior business position who is struggling with the demand of both work and family”.

How quickly did you see improvements?

“Strangely, I noticed the improvements on making the initial booking – even before speaking to my counsellor. But the relief after the first session was huge. Just being able to talk was good. It can be very lonely when you are in a senior position in a company – you cannot admit any weakness.”

For John, the important things were confidentiality, being able to speak to someone outside weekday office hours and being able to sign up quickly.No long waiting lists.

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