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“A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.”
 
Mohammed (570 – 632)


To anyone’s who’s interested, my journey with Reach has been one that has asked very difficult questions of me. The turning point for me was reading ‘Who Are You When No One’s Looking?’ I realized from reading that worksheet that I didn’t know who I was and my unexplained anxiety and panic actually for a time got worse. It was at this point that things slowly started to improve.

I felt heard and understood, this was new and so comforting. As the months have gone by I keep finding new bits of me which is lovely. So if this makes sense to anyone out there, then I can honestly recommend this path to you.

Tanya



“Genius is eternal patience.”
 
Michael Angelo (1475 – 1564)
 


When I learnt about the 3Ps (Patience, Practice and Perseverance) I realised that this was what had been missing. I felt like I’d been banging my head against a brick wall, spending far too much time complaining and criticizing. When I was given this handout I quietly resented the implication that I might lack any of these qualities. However, it’s become obvious to me that I didn’t really understand what they even meant and so had little chance of applying them to my life. I’m finding the journey with Reach insightful and I’m learning so much about me. There have been times I’ve wondered ‘why am I doing this?’ but I’m so glad I’ve persevered because twelve months on from starting my journey I feel really alive. I’m taking risks I’ve never taken before. I believe in myself in a way I didn’t know was possible and I’m learning that if you practice with patience you become kinder and life is kinder to you. I will continue to practice. The patience may take a little longer to come!
 
Dominic, Edinburgh


“Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith.”
 
St Francis of Assisi (1181 – 1226)


I have tried over the last ten years to find my solutions in so many places, and could never find anything that fitted. I turned up at Reach’s door desperate but not really believing an answer existed for me. Thank God for the kindness and warmth I was shown in that first meeting. I was lost and scared. But right from that initial contact a little spark of hope was ignited and though I am far from fixed, I do now believe it will happen. I can see that I am starting to get my life back and that is truly amazing. I am actually learning to like myself and feel valued which helps. The worksheets also help, the more I read the clearer things become. Now I’ve found something that has given me belief in myself I will not throw away this chance.
 
Anne Bolton


“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.”
 
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


It has been such hard work looking at the issues that brought me to therapy. My anger frightened me and I hated how it changed my state of mind and spoilt my relationships. I was a mess. I had no self respect, leading a half-life where there was nothing wholesome, nothing nurturing. I love the holistic aspect of the work I do with Easton. I’m learning to feed my mind properly and also to treat by body with respect. I’m learning that each impacts deeply on the other. It’s been a revelation to me - literally like breathing in fresh air again when I had been breathing toxic gas. Thank you will never be a big enough word ….. but for now it’s all I’ve got!! THANK YOU.
 
David Croft


“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
 
Confucius (551BC-479BC)


A poem by Ayesha
 
People say I have black, white, Chinese, Asian features
Like they’re all a different breed of creatures
I would have thought we share one common human race
But looking at society!... that's not the case
Every sub-race is appointed their place
Areas, schools, jobs, you'll see a particular shade of face
But what happens when these shades create a new type of blend?
Should the child choose, ignore or pretend?
Should there become a sub-sub-race with a different culture and trend?
Or shall she pick both sides to defend?
So she'll pick a team, like the one she feels inside
Head up high, wears her new identity with pride!
But what’s this??... Breed? Mongrel? coming from the ones she thought were on her side?
Self loathing, confusion, hidden. Feels that in no one she can confide
Memories are evoked of the first days of school
Being asked where she comes from!... Kids can be so cruel
She continues to hear... "why don't you go back home?"
Like in this place she wasn't welcome to roam
But don't let me start about who's welcome where
The history of brutality have people forgotten? Do they care?
So much wisdom, knowledge and power, brought down and left with faith and prayer
Now they’re the ones in debt!? Tell me!... how is this fair?
She carries it everyday deep within
With half and half she feels no one can win
This internalisation of the old, long fight
 
The battle between being BLACK and WHITE
 

Ayesha



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Contributions Page introduction....

Reach began its unique way of working in 1990. Since that time we have touched literally thousands of people’s lives through our individual work, work with couples, families, groups and countless workshops. We have produced in that time 100s of written resources and over 30 audio and visual recordings and these have travelled across the world, largely driven by personal recommendation. They have also brought immeasurable change to many. On these pages is a snap-shot of what people have thought, felt and gained from their therapeutic contact with us via the various media we offer.

Also included on this page are some inspirational thoughts and writings from those clients, borne of their personal journeys with Reach.  We've also added insightful quotes from some of the great minds both past and present.

We hope you too will be inspired....