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Counselling is not for everyone…but for me, this image (source unknown) sums it up beautifully.

I had my first counselling session at 19 years old. I thought I was going in there to come up with strategies to help me study…instead we untangled the mixed feelings I had about being the first person in my family, and the only person in my close circle of friends, who was going on to higher education.

Turned out I was perfectly capable of studying…I just constantly wanted to prove to my friends and family that they were important, that I wasn’t getting ‘too big for my boots’. Mind you none of them needed me to prove that…it was all in my head.

Since then counselling has helped me to…

understand why I sabotaged relationships…
understand why I had difficulty trusting…
understand why I had feelings of self loathing…
understand how I can structure my life to stay well…
admit to (and move through) feelings of resentment toward Peter for his illness..

I could go on and on.

For me, counselling has helped me to become more accepting of myself and others.

If you struggle with your mental wellbeing, don’t be afraid to see a counsellor – or two or three our four, until you find the one you connect with.

There is no shame in trying to understand yourself

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