Here are comments made by some of David's group and private clients:
A testimonial from one couple, written from their own perspectives of how they benefitted:
Partner 1: “We saw David for marital counselling more than 6 months ago. Even now, we are finding the strategies and perspectives from EFT that David helped to implement are continuing to have a positive impact on our relationship. We have a hard time imagining our relationship before our time with David. It's not perfect, but it's much improved. We would also like to add that we found comfort in David’s caring nonjudgmental approach.”
Partner 2: “David was able to quickly identify the source of our relationship concerns and offered tools that helped right away. Using the EFT principles that we learned has meant that we see marital conflict as struggles to connect, rather than placing blame on ourselves or one another. We have learned to connect with one another in a deeper way and our relationship is far stronger as a result.”
"Thank you, thank you to David Darwin for giving me back my old self.!!!
I was suffering from depression and anxiety and going to David gave me the confidence that I would get better! He related to me in the kindest way! He was VERY understanding and REALLY listened and gave me the tools to get better!
He taught me methods that worked and were very easy to do, ie. breathing in and out slowly would change the course of my brain, and when feeling anxiety, do something different for 15 minutes, rest when I get tired and be not afraid to say no to others so that I would not get overwhelmed. One of the best things he told me was if I have a tired day or two, to go with it because I would come out of it! Knowing that took away my guilt for not living up to my usual high standards.
My husband attended each session with me and wrote out everything David told me and then reminded me to take deep breaths, etc.
I have gotten SO much better. I feel like my old self. I love life again and am able to do all the things that I wanted to do but couldn't before. I still follow the above and make sure I don't take on too much that causes me to get overwhelmed and therefore causes stress. I am SO very grateful to David. Besides being a GREAT therapist, he is a very kind and wonderful man!"
"I found David Darwin when I believed anxiety and fear were controlling me. Everyday was a struggle. Even taking my son to hockey practice. David gave me a clear map to changing my relationship to these thoughts and feelings so that they won’t control me anymore. He has given me practical tools for riding out the challenging times, while providing me with a step by step plan for tackling the thoughts and underlying network of beliefs that caused the feelings of hopelessness and fear that had such a hold on me. I have my life back. I would recommend this kind, supportive, generous, empathetic, patient therapist to my closest friends and family. He will help.”
"After several failed attempts to get counselling, my husband and I finally found the help we needed from David. Most important to my husband, David had a plan and gave us practical things we could do and say to improve our communication. For the first time, we were given tools to communicate and grow together as a couple, instead of push each other away. He coached us as we “practised” our new skills, pushed us out of our comfort zones and yet, was able to help us shift gears when we got overwhelmed.
Additionally, David’s approach was holistic. He not only helped us communicate better, giving us new tools, but he brought understanding to underlying issues that could be contributing to our communication barriers. David listened, coached, educated, and gave us the gift of hope for our marriage and our future together. I can’t recommend David highly enough!”
"David has helped me see my past with a clarity and understanding that changes who I am today. My only regret is that I didn’t find someone like David many years ago."
"David is wonderful to work with. He is very easy to talk to, and through our conversations he quickly honed-in on the areas of my life and my brain that needed to be more in balance. Through my work with David I have found a way to relax and let go of so much anxiety in my life. I found him to be open and receptive and able to listen attentively and without judgment, which gave me the space to work through what I needed to work through. I would go back without hesitation, and always think to pass his name on when I speak to someone who needs a little or a lot of help."
"I never realized how much my thinking impacted my outlook on life!"
- computer analyst
"This program literally changed my life."
"We should bring this course to the schools; it's great!"
"I do not recall ever feeling better than I do now after this course."
" David was empathetic, compassionate, caring. He helped me to focus in on what I had accomplished instead of what I hadn't."
"David handled critical moments with caring and respect. Also, he has a kind sense of humour."
"David was very understanding, and approached matters with a sense of fairness to both parties."
"David is very skilled at helping people make connections and understand their feelings. I was able to work through a lot in a very short time."
"David is quick-thinking . . . keeps good track in sessions, asks for change."
"He is good at facilitating discussion and encourages the client to come to his/her own conclusions."
"David asks pertinent questions, helps focus areas of concern, and offers appropriate strategies."