I constantly meet individuals who could benefit from counseling from a competent, caring therapist. Unfortunately most fear too much what they might need to confront in their psyches and so resist, even though most would benefit if they had the courage to dig deep, re-experience their traumas in a safe, caring environment and then move up to a much higher level of consciousness, and a better life.
How do I know this? I had five years of counseling in my early thirties from a marvelous woman. I was a poor person back then and paid cash for all of my counseling. I still say that was the best money I have ever spent. Through that experience I was able to actually see myself change, and eventually move on to being a much healthier human being. Not that I didn’t make many more mistakes in choosing the wrong people to be with, but I could at least see why I chose badly and then choose better next time.
I then took counseling psychology training at Naropa University. Such an amazing and fascinating journey that was! Deeper and deeper understanding of my own psychic processes followed. Understanding where my fears come from and then realizing I no longer need to live in fear is such a blessing! It’s one thing to know that you have made mistakes in your life, it’s a whole new process to understand why and then forgive yourself for it all. Finally seeing where you are coming from in your decision-making process changes everything.
Self-love and compassion for the rest of your life can be your best reward from a few years of excellent counseling….
Is there some leap you need to make right now? First try to get past all the crazy reasons why you shouldn’t or “can’t” seek counseling now. There’s always the “I’m too old to change” and the “People can’t change” argument. Please don’t say you can’t afford it. Can you afford to live a crappy life and then die? I am proof that we can all change and grow and find a much better life, but if you do wish to truly change you must totally commit to this entire process, once you find the right counselor for you.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, and sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
6 thoughts on “Counseling: Ready for a new leap of faith?”
I am a firm believer in ‘talking it out’. Having a counselor trained to prompt the conversation is a god-send! My youngest daughter was married to a narcissist for three years. Counselors saved her sanity. And her life.
Yes Diane. It scares me to think where I would be now if I hadn’t gone out to seek help a few times. It’s there. Why not use it?
“It’s one thing to know that you have made mistakes in your life, it’s a whole new process to understand why and then forgive yourself for it all.” I appreciate this sentence because it’s so true! I went to counseling in my early 40’s for an abusive relationship, and it was eye opening. The therapist also suggested I join a weekly group of women who were so very different from me and my story, but I had my biggest ah-ha moments there. Going to see a counselor was one of the smartest things I did. xoxox, Brenda
So glad you found the kind of help that changed your life too! It always makes me wonder why, when help is so available today, that everyone doesn’t seek it.
Counseling can only help.It is time and money well spent for the long game of life.
I like that Haralee! “The long game of life.” Most of us don’t start thinking that way until we get older and realize this ain’t going on forever!