How counselling has helped - a personal story

How counselling has helped – a personal story

I am a 50 year old man who that has been negatively affected by various insecurities throughout all of my adult life. A sustained period of low self-esteem, confidence and social-acceptance led me to believe I was suffering with depression. In this post, I wanted to share how counselling has helped me, to hopefully help others who might be suffering seek help.

What made me seek help?
I first got in contact with Richard in early 2017, approximately 18 months after my mother passed away. It is by far the longest period of counselling that I have had over the last 20 years and it is the first time that I have entered into it with a “real” desire and focus to try and move away from this debilitating mind state.

Has counselling helped?
From the outset, I sensed a genuine warmth and intellect in Richard so I felt confident that he could guide me through my many ruminations and insecurities.

I have been able to fully express myself and discuss things of a very personal nature with Richard. He has never been judgemental or critical of anything I have said in our sessions. Richard has really helped me out by offering a different perspective to me.

In what way has Richard helped?

Firstly, I am making small, progressive, steps to take control of my mental wellbeing. Secondly, my issues and insecurities are multi-faceted and Richard’s patient, methodical approach is definitely helping me to combat by my learned behaviour. Thirdly, I trust him and feel comfortable in his presence to be honest with myself and explore avenues of thinking that are very private to me. I would encourage anyone who might be feeling in a similar place as I was to take that first step and ask for help.