Firsthand recommendations

Kathleen Kettles — psychotherapist qualified in Ericksonian psychotherapy, reverse therapist and coach


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Kathleen helped me get my life back. I was not willing to just accept that I'd have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome forever and never be able to do the things I love again like competing in weightlifting and CrossFit. A few months ago doing either of those things left me with heart palpitations, chills, extreme fatigue, and sleepless nights. Too many doctors and nutrition coaches tried to fit my symptoms into inaccurate diagnoses, and I wasted thousands of dollars trying to chase down answers. It turned out that the answers were more simple than I could have ever thought (resting more wasn't one of them!), and my body responded within a couple of days of applying Kathleen's techniques. Now I can train as hard as I want and I have a better balance of fun and work in my life. I'm so thankful to Kathleen for her help, and will miss talking and laughing with her on a regular basis.

Emily Morris
Kentucky, USA, September 2018

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My life has changed since my phone appointments with Kathleen. I have had M.E and crippling pains for 23 years and I now feel better than I have ever felt in my life. I am cleaning windows, hoovering, gardening, knitting and learning to crochet. I hope to start a computer course soon. Thank you so much!

K. D. Livingston
phone sessions, October 2011

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My therapy sessions with Kathleen came through recommendation after I shared my suffering with M.E. on Instagram. Though I was sceptical at first, after previous efforts with therapy, I got the feeling that I was doing the right thing in my first therapy session with Kathleen almost instantly. Kathleen is kind, compassionate but most of all very engaged and truly present. She helped guide me and gave me useful tools that bought me clarity at a time when I felt as though I had none. I can’t thank Kathleen enough and to anyone reading this now, contemplating whether reverse therapy is the right move, I know it can be very tough mentally and emotionally to take that step but if anyone is going to help guide you through it, it’s Kathleen. Thank you Kathleen for your support, guidance and even the giggles.

D. Robins
UK, August 2021

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One thing is for sure – you are never too old for a Reverse Therapy “re-boot”. Having got to know Kathleen through Reverse Therapy over 10 years ago on the back of a long-running virus, I knew of the wonders that she can work when it comes to creating some much needed re-structuring to your life, consisting of balance, health, control, emotions, communication…to name a few important aspects of life. This time around, with several more years on the clock, Kathleen reminded me of the importance of these same factors. She has an incredible ability in understanding each and every situation with empathy, feeling, sincerity but also humour and then using this knowledge to help you understand and remind yourself what a balanced, healthy and fun life should feel like, not forgetting some hard work thrown in. Kathleen has the most incredible skill in dealing with the stress points, whether they be physical, medical or mental while also making the “re-boot” system fun, enlightening but as importantly, educational. You are never too old to stop learning, and thanks to Kathleen, she has put me firmly back in the right part of the square. It would be impossible to speak more highly of Kathleen given her skill, humour and intelligence in managing a much needed life adjusting “re-boot”. Don’t hesitate in contacting her if any of the above sounds familiar. And our children should get to know her, too.

Duncan G.
UK, April 2021

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I watched an interview with a woman who had recovered through reverse therapy and she said “even if you feel like you’ve tried everything, make Reverse Therapy the one last thing you try”. I’m so glad that I did. After years debilitated with CFS, Fibromyalgia and IBS I felt like I had tried everything, but after reading John Eaton’s book I realised that I had always been treating the symptoms of my problems, not the cause. Reverse Therapy is completely empowering and has taught me skills I wish I had learnt as a child. I can’t believe how quickly most of my symptoms were completely reversed. Kathleen is such a warm and supportive therapist, and she helps you move forward in the present without painfully reliving the past. I’m so grateful for the help I’ve received and all the things I can now enjoy again!

Australia, July 2019

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After months of misdiagnosed illness our previously fit and healthy 16 year old daughter who had been ready to sit her exams, had an after school job, played netball and volunteered at her local guides ended up almost bed bound for months with post viral fatigue. We were devastated to see our once fit and active daughter reduced to this and with the only advice we received from medical professionals we saw was for her to continue to rest or to contact our local ME group (which was 200 miles away as we had none locally) we were getting desperate. Until one day my cousin shared a post on social media from a mutual friend who said she had been cured of her ME with help from Kathleen Kettles and reverse therapy. After reading Kathleen’s blog I found stories from people with very similar conditions to Nicola who had been helped, which gave us hope. I couldn’t wait to get in touch with Kathleen to see if she could help and after contacting her and getting such a warm and encouraging response we arranged a Skype session for Nicola 2 days later. Nicola was willing to try anything and had a 1 hour consultation in private. We saw an immediate difference in Nicola as she was setting aims for each day and completing them with a sense of accomplishment. By the end of week one she had gone from going back to bed every afternoon to going for walks, showering without needing a chair in the shower and playing cards with her younger sister. She then only needed 3 more half hour consultations over the next 6 weeks with Kathleen and by the end of that she was basically back to normal. 3 months later she is back in full time education, meeting her friends socially, baking, babysitting her cousins and can walk for miles, all because of Kathleen. Nicola and Kathleen just clicked and we have Kathleen to thank for giving Nicola the opportunity to get her life back on track.

Louise Robertson
UK, October 2018

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I was working as a professional cyclist when I came down with chronic fatigue in early 2017. I was never bed-bound, but I was a shell of the person I once was, unable to ride my bike, and most days even walking the dog very slowly was a struggle. After over a year of illness and not touching my bike, I stumbled across Reverse Therapy and read John Eaton's book. I tried to do some of the techniques he describes in the book on my own, and, to my surprise, started feeling a little bit better. However, I found that the changes I was making with the book were not lasting, and I consistently found myself improving and then slipping backwards, over and over. I finally conceded that I needed help, so I got in touch with Kathleen. After the first session, I rode my bike 2 hours at a high intensity and felt so joyful on my ride that I thought I was going to explode! I always rolled my eyes when people in CFS testimonials said that they had unbelievably quick health turnarounds, but now that I've experienced it myself I can tell you that it absolutely is possible. Kathleen taught me to nix the fear of exercise causing symptoms and gave me some concrete exercises that really helped me to look forward to each day. I am still using many of these techniques today, and enjoy having them as part of my routine. After 6 sessions with Kathleen I am feeling largely back to normal and I have not had a single day where exercise has caused a relapse, and I know that day will never come. I am back to riding 5-6 days a week, for 10-15 hours per week, and I am already planning my comeback races! Kathleen is a miracle worker (and super fun to talk to)...if you are considering working with her, my advice would be don't hesitate! You can get back to feeling good way quicker than you think, and the sessions are worth every penny.

USA, October 2018

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Kathleen Kettles got my life back on track! Kathleen is highly skilled with a positive and warm personality. It was so easy to talk to her about my life and issues. She quickly identified strategies I could use to help resolve my problems both physical and mental. She was hugely supportive throughout the entire process. I am truly thankful she picked up the phone when I called her because she turned my life around. She can do the same for you!

South Wales, October 2017

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I had the fortune of being introduced to Kathleen just before the birth of my second child. Having suffered from PND after the birth of my little girl, it then reared its head again weeks before the arrival of my son. It was a difficult time, and although thankfully I was quick to pick up on the signs second time round, Kathleen came to the rescue with some incredibly helpful techniques to get me back on track. It was easily the most engaging and helpful 2 hour phone call I’ve ever had. I couldn’t recommend Kathleen more highly, and I have continued to recommend her to people who feel in need of help to get them out of dark places, or just those that could do with a very good ear to listen to their worries.

Rosie Trotter
June 2016

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I’ve always thought that when people talk about their life journeys it was all a bit of a cliché, but in February 2014 I started my own personal journey with ME. I didn’t know what hit me. I couldn’t comprehend how my body could shut down, and no matter what I did to regain my former health it simply wasn’t listening. Deep down I knew there was a way out, and I genuinely spent large amounts of money on every therapy and remedy possible hoping someone or something would help me alleviate the profoundly debilitating pain and fatigue. I eventually realized that the only person that could help me was myself, but I needed someone to guide me on the right path. That person was and is Kathleen Kettles. I began telephone sessions with Kathleen in January 2015. From the moment we started speaking I instantly knew she had the answers. It’s been a rocky road, and throughout the past ten months my symptoms have at times been intense, but I’ve learnt to understand that they are there for a reason and are a reminder to listen to what’s happening in all aspects of my life, and not to panic. Life hasn’t returned to normal. It’s different. It’s better. Normal was thinking, thinking, thinking: what happened yesterday, what was happening tomorrow and rushing around trying to keep everyone else happy and paying no attention to myself. As Head of a busy Art and Design Department, the job has become ever more stressful, and life genuinely became all work and no play. Now I live for the moment, spend more time on what I want to do. It’s been difficult to put myself first, and it’s taken me a lot of time to shut down my head mind, but I realise this has been the basis of my illness. Today I practice being mindful, and spend a lot more time outside. It’s the first time I’ve actually really seen the leaves turn in Autumn and I live on a farm. Sounds quite simple, but life does take over in this crazy world, and CFS/ME is a horrific wake up call. Kathleen is profoundly intuitive. She teased out the truth when I didn’t even know it or “feel it” myself, but she had the patience to listen and guide, but equally let me work it out for myself. She is a genuinely caring individual. She is humorous and earthy but openly sensitive and empathetic. I can’t thank her enough.

Marjory Tait
phone sessions, November 2015

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I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue back in 2013. I have a long, 20 year history of various mental health issues including depression and anxiety, which turned into unexplained debilitating symptoms that left me with no strength or motivation to do anything. Just walking upstairs left me feeling exhausted. The GP finally gave me a diagnosis of CFS - but told me "there was nothing more they could do for me, that I might or might not ever get better, I would have to try and learn to live with and manage my symptoms." It was a fairly miserable prospect. It was shortly after that I contacted Kathleen and I have never looked back. After my first couple of sessions with Kathleen I was amazed by how quickly my body responded to Reverse Therapy. Within a couple of weeks I had climbed to the top of Bennachie. I got eaten alive by midges but still it felt so liberating. Like anything was possible again. We did some trauma removal work initially, that I was a little apprehensive about, having never really spoken about it to anyone before, but I trusted Kathleen, I felt safe and by the end it became a surprisingly enjoyable experience. As soon as I met Kathleen she made me feel at ease. I felt I could speak openly and honestly to her without ever feeling judged. She is knowledgeable, encouraging, and sensitive and has a great sense of humour. No problem was ever too big or too small - she offered focused solutions that I always felt very much a part of and were challenging at times but always manageable. Throughout the whole process I always felt genuinely supported and Kathleen's focus was always helping me to become and learning to live symptom free. Learning about Reverse Therapy and working with Kathleen has changed my life. Not only am I very much living symptom free, I am enjoying life and appreciating everything from the small things to all the good things life has to offer. I can honestly say for the first time I am looking forward to living the rest of my life to the full.

Aberdeen 2015

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If you are reading this and debating with yourself about whether you should book that first appointment with Kathleen then my advice is “Do it now!” I had struggled with CFS for many years and had tried various strategies and techniques recommended by health professionals, but to no avail. I decided to “give Kathleen a go” when I was going through a particularly bad spell, and I’m so glad that I did! I began to feel a real difference after my second session with her, and by session eight I was ready, willing and able to go it alone. I feel so much better. I haven’t had this much energy, enthusiasm and pleasure out of life for years. So how did this all happen? I believe that the key to my successful treatment is Kathleen herself. She is an amazing person with so many wonderful gifts and qualities. She seems to me to have an innate ability to create and sustain the all-important therapeutic relationship. Her skills and personality, coupled with some very helpful insights and strategies from Reverse Therapy, has made all the difference for me. Of course I had to play my part in this, after all, there is no magic wand in life. However, if you work at what Kathleen recommends then change IS possible. So go on, make that appointment and “give Kathleen a go”.

Forres, November 2012

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My line manager suggested I see Kathleen. I was a bit hesitant at first as I’ve never done anything like that before but as soon as I met Kathleen she put me at ease and I felt I could tell her anything without being judged. She was friendly, caring and loving from the minute I walked in her door. Kathleen gave me some tips on how to focus myself in the present time instead of consuming my thoughts with sad events from the past. She gave me strategies to concentrate when I was in conversation with people, particularly my kids and gave me plenty encouragement to stay strong and keep positive. I’m ten months on now since I lost my partner and by taking help and advice from Kathleen I’m starting to feel like life will one day be okay again for me and my kids. My children tell me frequently how much better I’ve become at focusing on the positive things & living in the moment. Kathleen has been a great support to me through what truly has been the toughest time in my life.

Shetland Clinic, October 2012

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I know I've not contacted you in a while but I just wanted to let you know that yesterday I completed my first ever half marathon in 1 hour 51:53 minutes. To go from a position of being bedbound for 3 years to this was an incredible feeling and though I have been 'well' for a long time now, doing this run gave me the full validation of this and it has lifted something in me in a new way. I would never have believed that I would ever have been able to even contemplate such a thing, prior to working with you. You did so much to help me and it felt so great to have such a physical achievement as I did yesterday! It was a wonderful feeling to achieve this and I am aiming for a full marathon next year. To be able to believe in my body again is a wonderful gift and I hope that other people will read this on your website and come to you for help. I could never have got to the position of being able to do this without the patient and brilliant support you gave me. Thanks again Kathleen, I will keep you updated with my athletic endeavours!

Tim Watmough
Dundee Clinic & phone sessions, May 2011

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My 70th birthday present last month was a trip to the Maldives for 10 days (with 3 kids under 4 years old!) It was great and I did my first proper snorkel out on a reef and it was magical. So many, many times I think of you and the life you gave back to me. Also the laughs we had in the process! We cycled (tricycled) around the island. It was quite physical, and non stop but it felt so relaxed and I was so happy to be part of it all – oh what joy to be M.E free! I can never thank you enough!

Ann L.
Edinburgh Clinic, December 2009

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