I first sought help from a counsellor after a particularly traumatic argument with my partner. I felt that I was out of control and was a fundamentally flawed person, with issues relating to anger management.
After many sessions that entailed some deep soul-searching and reflection within myself, I came to see that I actually was normal, which came as a huge relief.
The process of counselling forced me to look into myself and to question my values and the views I have of myself.
Through skilled coaxing and guidance by my counsellor, I was able to reappraise myself and to have an honest look at myself. I can now recognise both the flaws and, more importantly, the positive attributes that are within me. I also developed a greater understanding of the situation I am in (regarding my relationships), learnt to grow and appreciate the positive side of my personality.
I recognise that I am a normal, sane individual who had simply lost sight of who he was. Counselling has helped me in more ways than I could possibly describe, in all walks of my life; at home, work and play. It has taught me to be more at ease with myself; to accept who I am and to judge myself less harshly.
I went from a person who thought he was broken, to a person who's at ease with the world, more relaxed and prepared for life's journey.