We were introduced to Lynn by a friend when our happy, confident 13 year old daughter’s mental health deteriorated and she plummeted into a very dark place.  We couldn’t quite get to the bottom of it.  We knew she’d had some friendship issues previously and was feeling low because of some low level bullying that had gone on for a few months beforehand, but our lovely girl gradually became withdrawn from our family unit.  She was writing down some very worrying things and her behaviour changed while we were left on the outside desperate to help but struggling to reach her.  She started meeting with Lynn twice a week and because of Lynn’s gentle, kind approach, she quickly developed a strong bond with her.  Lynn gained her trust and did some incredible work with her and told us she felt she was suffering with mild depression and anxiety. Sometimes they would just talk and other times they would chat while doing crafts which made it less intense. Sometimes she did mind maps and other activities with her and other times she simply listened.  Slowly, she started to help her unravel everything that was going on in her head, and there was a lot!  Her progress was quick once we had the right support in place for her.  Lynn was on hand to support us too which was invaluable.  It was very upsetting to see her in such a desperate place.  Home life was difficult as we were treading on egg shells making sure we didn’t say or do the wrong thing.  Knowing Lynn was there alongside us, reassuring us and supporting us on this journey made it much more bearable and gave us the strength we needed to help our daughter.  She also accompanied us to school meetings which was a huge help.  After a couple of months we were able to reduce her sessions to once a week and more recently she has gone down to once a fortnight.  We know that Lynn will increase their sessions straight away if she sees any sign that our daughter is deteriorating again.  Lynn has a very clever approach in the way she works and our daughter now comes away from her sessions with a smile on her face. She is gaining strength all the time.  Without Lynn’s help and expertise we dread to think what might have happened and we will always be eternally grateful to her for helping our daughter through this difficult time in her life.  We have no doubt that there will be times ahead in her life where she will need to turn to Lynn again for help and it’s lovely to know that Lynn will always be there to support her when she does.