In April 2009 I went through some extremely unpleasant family difficulties, and I cut ties with some family members for good. This then made me look at some of the things that I'd experienced in my childhood also, and as these hadn't ever been addressed or resolved I found that I was spending most days consumed with negative thoughts etc. regarding my past. This had a dramatic impact on my everyday life and I realised I needed help. I began counselling in July of this year until December. I found the experience very daunting initially, and very emotionally draining. With the support and understanding from my therapist I found that I could change the way I thought and dealt with situations. I think it is vital that you have a good rapport with your therapist and feel comfortable with them. On the whole I have found the experience to be life changing in the most positive of ways.