Seeking Counselling - An Act of Courage
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Rohan Kumar Barua BA (Hons), PGDip, MBACP Accred
28th April, 20130 Comments
If you seeking counselling and therapy, stop for a moment and recognise how BRAVE you are.
“More like an act of desperation or even failure”, I hear you say. Allow me to correct you. It is likely that things appear bleak and hopeless right now; however, the fact that you are on this website seeking a counsellor or therapist speaks volumes.
"The first step to solving any problem is recognizing there is one." (Will McAvoy)
Recognising there are challenges in your life that require your attention demands courage. It is the first step towards authenticity. One gives up pretending everything is fine. The mask wears thin. Rather than give up in despair you have chosen to seek help. It is a powerful move recognise one's vulnerability and ask another for help.
"It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels." (Saint Augustine)
You move from a place of grandiosity, thinking you can handle all that the world throws at you to a place of humility and recognition that you are human, just like the rest of us who at times struggle with life precociousness. With this humility comes an opening up to considering other ways of seeking resolution to whatever life's challenges are.
The gift of wounds is change and growth.
If everything in life were fine, nothing would need to change. Difficulties in life make us question assumptions and force us to take a look within ourself and how we choose to live our lives.
A hero's journey is not about succeeding, but about overcoming the odds despite repeated failure.
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