I was offered the opportunity of counselling through a NE charity and took up this opportunity. I saw a fab counsellor called Jenny, for pretty much a year. She listened, and empathised. I find it very hard to trust people and to let people in and it took a long time before I fully opened up in session. I regret this now. I came to have a good working relationship with Jenny and did finally come to trust her. I found counselling hard and often awkward, but also see it as the best thing I have ever done. Jenny gave me the time and space in a safe environment to think and to talk. Although I went to discuss long-term health problems and how they have affected my life, it soon dawned on me there was alot more to explore and discuss. Although counselling does not directly give you the answers it is a starting point and is very much your own journey. Through my sessions with Jenny I came to realise a lot and now constantly ask myself questions. I have achieved a lot since we parted company and I will always be thankful for her help and support, but the work in between and after sessions has been mine. I am proud of that. I would encourage anybody to give talking therapy a try. What is there to lose? Perhaps there is more to lose from not giving it a go? It is almost a year since my last session and that has inspired me to post this. Undergoing counselling also inspired me to look at counselling and counselling related roles and I have not long qualified as a bereavement volunteer. Counselling is very empowering. so... do something for you!