Counselling can help
Maybe when we think of counselling we think of people going because their life has fallen apart, they are utterly depressed with no where else to turn. They cannot cope anymore and so seek counselling to show them how to deal with their desperate state. And yes, sometimes this is the case, but quite often counselling can be a safe place where one can offload because they are not sure exactly what's wrong, only that something is.
Counselling can be a place to open up, explore your feelings, thoughts and how you interact with the world outside of yourself. Maybe a safe space to vent your anger, your frustrations, your fears - a safe environment to explore.
How many times in our lives can we say we were listened to unconditionally, without judgement? Can we say others haven't expressed that we were wrong or unjustified in what we were feeling, especially by our parents, guardians or partners?
It's almost normal to be told an opinion when we tell people about our feelings, especially when they are negative ones. Counselling isn't about that. The therapeutic relationship is unique in that within its boundaries openness can flourish, opinions can be expressed and steam vented without getting it back. Unconditional, presence, care, warmth, compassion, confidentiality.
This all makes for a safe place to explore all manner of issues, from the seemingly niggling to the downright serious.
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