I saw this image on Facebook a few days ago and it got me thinking.
The text ‘At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end.’ really brought home to me why I chose to be a counsellor and I would like to share those thoughts with you today.
Counselling is often seen as a ‘helping profession’ getting people to feel better, however in my experience I don’t help people, I empower them to help themselves. By listening to what they are saying, hearing their fears about loss and change and empowering them to take control and become the author of their own lives instead of being pushed and pulled by the turbulent waters of life.
Coming to counselling is a big decision, it can be life changing. The ability to decide comes from the power we all have, the power the quote describes, to say enough is enough and I want something different. Some people want to improve their self-esteem, find their confidence, to move past the trauma or hurt they’ve experienced to become not just victims, but survivors and thrivers.
This all takes time and patience; both with yourself and the counselling process. Often it can take years before you face your issues and it can take a while to come out of the other side. Counselling allows you to take that journey with an experienced counsellor who can help you to listen to yourself, your needs and help you figure out what this all means for you.
I have often said looking around my website is the first step of the counselling journey, realising you want help and looking for it. The second step is deciding the time is now, and realising you have the power to say ‘this is not how my story is going to end’.