Have you ever had the feeling that your friend is listening to you – but not really hearing what you’re saying?
Do they ever exclaim (after you’ve spent half an hour telling them how unhappy you are about your relationship): “Ah! Just dump them! That’s what I’d do!”
This might seem helpful from your friend’s point of view, but what if you also want to talk about the way you interact with others? Or how one of your work colleague’s constant put-downs make you feel?
Counselling gives you a safe space to truly be heard and understood by someone who doesn’t know you or your situation, but is willing to find a way to help you with whatever your concern might be by offering real empathy.
Alfred Adler (who founded individual psychology) wrote:
“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another. “
Counselling is delivered by a trained professional who won’t give you advice or push their opinions on to you. Instead they will ask you questions to help you take steps to improve your situation.
To put it another way, you are the pilot and the counsellor is the navigator. They’ll guide you through the tough and rough bits to a more manageable path.
You don’t have to feel lost, alone or disconnected. Change is possible.
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