Success Stories

These are real accounts from our clients who had suffered ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and other conditions before having Mickel Therapy.


    I highly recommend Mickel Therapy for persons who experience anxiety, fatigue and nausea. I personally couldn’t handle this constant feeling of anxiousness that I was experiencing, it had grown a lot in the last 12 months and it caused me to have trouble sleeping and my body would react through both nausea and stomach pains.

    I found out about Mickel Therapy from a friend and she gave me Fiona Watson’s number. I was initially nervous, but knew I needed to do something and so gave her a ring one day. With the support of my mum beside me, at the initial consultation, I explained the problems I’d been experiencing. Fiona was very encouraging to me and told me that we would take control of these symptoms and I would be feeling great again in a matter of sessions.

    I had my first appointment a few weeks later. Fiona equipped me with the skills and tools I needed to deal with anxiety, to find a balance in my life and sometimes just to be able to say no. I felt like I had learnt so much in the first session alone and the worksheets that I filled out each night were so helpful. I had a total of 5 sessions over a couple of months. Of course I had set backs but Fiona helped me get back on track.

    A few months later and I’m feeling so good. Every now and again I experience anxiety but that is normal and I know how to fix it. I haven’t had serious nausea and pains in about 5 months and now I sleep like a baby! I highly recommend Mickel Therapy to all. Thanks Fiona!

    August 2018


    I had been suffering from anxiety issues since I was a small child, and had been diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder in my twenties. I had three separate courses of CBT over the years, each typically lasting around 8-10 sessions. I also had person centered psychotherapy with more than one practitioner. And for the last ten years I have taken various sorts of SSRI medication to help with the anxiety. It came to a head at the end of last year when I became completely burned out and was unable to sleep which compounded the anxious feelings.

    I had heard of Mickel Therapy over 10 years ago as a relative had CFS and had found Mickel therapy extremely useful. However, I was sceptical about how useful I would find it for anxiety. A friend recommended I try it and put me in touch with Fiona Watson. I felt better after just a few sessions and by the sixth and final session I felt more in control of my anxiety and my life in general.

    Mickel is unlike any other therapy I have tried since it focuses on our emotions rather than thoughts and I always struggled in CBT to out-think how I was feeling. It also equipped me to develop coping strategies which I found empowering. I would love to say that I am anxiety free now, I still suffer with anxious thoughts from time to time but it is not dominating my life in the way it used to and I have been able to stop taking medication now which I thought I would be on indefinitely. I would thoroughly recommend Mickel to anyone suffering from anxiety as it has transformed how I think about life. Fiona was the right person for me to have as a therapist as our sessions were structured and practical. I always looked forward to them and felt better afterwards. Thank you Fiona.
    JULY 2018

  • RECOVERY FROM CFS….”I feel more like myself than I ever have before!”

    When I was 16 I got Glandular Fever and never recovered, and got diagnosed with CFS. Every day I struggled with low energy, muscle fatigue and aches, constant neck and shoulder pain, joint pain, skin problems, gut problems, sleep problems, worsened anxiety, low mood and self- esteem issues. I spent most of my week at home, or in bed, unable to work and sometimes my symptoms would worsen, with even the smallest amounts of activity. The doctors couldn’t offer anything to help and I tried so many other alternative approaches to getting better, but also I was determined not to give up and let the illness take over my life, like I felt it had done.

    An old friend mentioned Mickel Therapy to me. She had recovered from ME/CFS thanks to it. I was skeptical to begin with, as I had tried so many other treatments over the last 4 years since getting diagnosed with CFS and even prior to that. I thought I may as well give it a go, so I read more information on the therapy and decided to get in touch with Fiona Watson. Fiona responded straight away and within a week, I had my first Mickel session. Fiona was very friendly and helpful on our initial phone call, which meant, that despite any anxiety I had, she put me at ease and I felt excited to start the therapy.

    Straight after my first session I felt and immediate difference, like a weight being lifted off my shoulders. Fiona is very thorough, encouraging and supportive during the sessions. Throughout the whole course of my treatment, she was only a just a text or an email away if I needed help or had any questions. I had 4 Mickel Therapy sessions over a 7 week duration in total. I felt a massive improvement just in the first week alone, and those close to me even commented on this. This improvement continued to progress and now I am back to full health, not having any of the symptoms I had before, that were holding me back from living my life.

    I now have lots of energy, which means I’m capable of leading a normal life again, which is something amazing to me, as I thought it would be impossible to get that back. But I am not just back to normal life…Mickel Therapy has taught me tools and keys to help me live a more full life and be able to do things any other person does. I also have the time and energy for the things I love to do! I feel more like myself than I have ever before and I feel so happy, confident and well within myself, to do things I was able to do before CFS and more! Almost 4 months since my last session, I’m now back to work, have a great social life again, able to walk and exercise without feeling abnormally exerted or needing to spend a day/week in bed. When I have long days of activity now, I no longer struggle with feeling heavy, weak, in pain, fatigued, unable to go on any longer.

    I am so grateful to Mickel Therapy. It has been a game changer to finally, properly get well. I’m also beyond thankful to Fiona for all her help. She is such a warm person and has been so wonderful and kind throughout this whole journey of recovery.
    Portsmouth, UK
    July 2018

  • By Robyn Falkiner

    “I suffered from chronic fatigue for 18 months and tried numerous ways to ‘overcome’ it with no changes to my health. As soon as I started Mickel Therapy something clicked and I began to notice changes within a couple of weeks. Six months later I am almost symptom free and have a much happier and excited outlook on life. I also know I have the skills Mickel has taught me to help handle any situation life throws my way!
    Robyn is a fantastic therapist who, having suffered from chronic fatigue herself, clearly understands very well what her patients are going through. Her use of personal anecdotes create a sense of understanding and trust in the client/therapist relationship. Robyn’s experience as a therapist means she has the knowledge to address areas that, as a patient, we may not even realise are problem areas. Robyn’s instruction is both clear and direct, as well as caring and mindful. I would highly recommend her to anyone suffering from chronic fatigue.”

  • Thanks, Susan, for helping me get better!

    I was in a car accident nearly a year ago and had experienced high levels of anxiety and constant pain in my neck. I also suffered low mood to a point where I had brain fog. I tried so many therapies to cure myself without success. A friend told me about Mickel Therapy and to give it a try as her daughter had greatly benefited from it.

    So I began my journey in November 2017 where I worked with Susan Murray who was great in helping me identify my emotions and she also patiently helped me achieve different goals towards getting myself better. She was never judgemental, so it was very easy to open up to her.

    Mickel taught me the difference between my emotional and thinking brain and how I had to train myself to go with my gut feelings. I also learned not to overthink situations and how to put my own needs first, which was difficult at first as I’ve always looked after others. But with Susan’s help, I was able to care more for my own needs.

    Overall, after now completing my Mickel Therapy, I feel so much happier and my pain has decreased by at least 80%. I will continue to use the Mickel Therapy tools, daily, and would recommend this therapy to others who are suffering anxiety, want to overcome it, and enjoy the things they used to.

    I am now back to swimming and my gym classes which I was unable to do before.
    Thanks, Susan, for helping me get better!
    SK, June 2018