Making the decision to talk to a Counsellor/Psychotherapist can be extremely difficult. We often tend to tell ourselves things like:
"Talking about things won’t change the situation"
It is true that Counselling/Psychotherapy will not change our past experiences, but there is a hope that it will change how these experiences influence how we are in our life in the present and in the future. Sharing your suffering in a supportive relationship can take some of the stress out of ‘going it alone’
"There are so many people with problems much worse than mine"
People engage in counselling/psychotherapy for all kinds of reasons. Meeting a Counsellor/Psychotherapist for an initial session can help you to clarify if you think you would like to meet for further sessions. It is you who will ultimately decide how many sessions you will need.
"People will make judgements about me if they find out I am attending Counselling/Psychotherapy"
Shame is something many of us struggle with and is often the voice who talks us out of taking the risk of engaging in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Counselling/Psychotherapy is for anyone and everyone and is now a widely accepted part of our overall health care.
"I just need to pull myself together"
This inner voice keeps us from connecting with ourselves and blocks us from feeling compassion for ourselves and others. Counselling/Psychotherapy may help develop compassionate relationships, both internally and externally
"I’m afraid of what I will learn about myself"
The truth is that you already know yourself. Counselling/Psychotherapy can help to deepen this knowing with love and support
"I can’t afford the cost"
Sometimes we think that Counselling/Psychotherapy is a luxury and not really a priority. It might be useful to really think about mental health and well being as a worthwhile investment in your future life experience. If you are struggling financially (eg. A student or unemployed) a reduced fee may be a possibility