I was at the lowest point in my life when thankfully, I found Paula (Polly Bloom). After discovering that my husband was having an affair, he seemed to have turned into a completely different person to the man I had known for over 40 years. Honestly, I can say that without Paula’s help, I’m not sure I would be where I am today. As soon as I read her website, I knew I had to contact her. After speaking to various counsellors but none of them helped, they just nodded their heads and said how difficult things must be, but this gave me nothing to help me get back on my feet. Paula was different. I knew that I had chosen the right person to help me.
She was kind and empathetic, because she has been through a similar situation herself. Her insight into how totally distraught and broken I was feeling, was like a breath of fresh air. She listened to my story and understood how much grief and pain I was suffering. I booked a course of 6 sessions with her and over that time I looked forward to seeing her and being able to off-load my thoughts and feelings. She is very approachable, so I found it easy to open up to her, it was such a relief knowing someone understood how I felt.
My whole life had crumbled and I was lost! She gave me courage and helped me recognise the person I am in my own right and made suggestions on how to cope moving forward, how to deal with the really bad times and how to rebuild myself and life. She has such a positive outlook as she knows we can become stronger and better than before. We just need someone to help us with that. It’s still early days for me, I am going through divorce proceedings, but I am already stronger because of Polly Bloom’s help and support and I am thankful that I can contact Paula whenever I need more help and guidance along the way. If you are reading this then you are probably at rock bottom. You desperately need someone to talk to, to cry to, to understand and care, to hold your hand and pick you up from the broken person you have become. Paula is that person, give her a call, I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Last September, I found Paula through instagram. Her posts resonated with me as at the time I was reeling in shock from the end of my 22 year marriage. Family and friends were there to talk to but nobody I knew close to me had been in this situation. I found myself talking about my husband and the end our marriage over and over again, also being terrified of the future and in a very dark place. After messaging Paula she called me and I knew instantly she was the Divorce Coach I wanted to work with. Her words were so comforting, she had been in a very similar position to me so she could understand exactly how I felt.
Roll on 7 months later and I am in a very different head space a place I thought I would never get to, all achieved with Paula’s coaching. I feel more positive and less afraid of the future. With her background of working with Children Paula’s experience has been invaluable in guiding me to help and support my son to cope with the break up of the family unit. It’s not just a business to Paula, it’s a passion and her words to me on our first call were, I am here for you 24/7 and she really means that.
Paula was a trusted, valued and highly respected member of our school team. She supported children and their families at times when they were dealing with various issues, including family break-up, which affected their mental health and well-being. With experience in adopting a range of strategies and approaches enabling her to communicate effectively with vulnerable children and gain their trust. She always maintains a professional approach and liaise well with parents to maintain a holistic approach. As a result of the work she provided, children were able to make progress with their learning in school, despite the issues they were dealing with in their personal lives. Paula completely supports the understanding that the mental health of young people is essential in order for them to fulfill their potential.
Sonia Strickland, Executive Headteacher
I came across Polly Bloom on Boxing day, had recently separated from my wife & was finding life extremely difficult. Christmas had been very different and left me feeling extremely lonely and upset. I couldn’t contain my upset state of mind, so I took myself off to bed and as we do in 2020, started to sit on social media as a way of distraction. I also came across Polly Bloom on instagram and started to watch the videos on her page. Each story really resonated with me, I got comfort from watching them and decided to send a private message to the page as I thought sometime in the new year I might receive a reply.
My message said something along the lines of, “I like the work you are doing & wonder if you might be able to help me?” Unbelievably my phone rang! It was Paula. I couldn’t believe she had taken the trouble to call me on Boxing day!!! She spent a good 40 minutes on the phone with me listening to my problems. I came off the phone feeling better as I had spoken to someone without judgement but someone I just seemed to click with. I booked a 1-on-1 session with her the following week. The session came round and Paula has listened, guided and shown me some fantastic coping mechanisms to try and help on the days when I am not feeling A1. I would highly recommend Paula, she is the most empathic person you could wish for when you are feeling at your lowest point, she has a passion for what she does and is there whenever I need her.
Someone in need, with regards.