Sunday, 24 November 2013

Counselling

This is a post asking for advice or people's experiences about counselling. I had an initial consultation this week but don't start my 1:1 sessions for a few weeks.

Counselling is something I have wanted to do for a while but I wanted to work out what I wanted to confront before undertaking it. Now I am feeling more sane and focussed from my therapy sessios I wanted to start counselling. I found the initial consultation quite scary. I did not feel ready to talk about recent events but I did feel okay talking about my family. But even just talking about family opened up more than I thought it would. It was amazing to have my counsellors perspective on things.

I expected to feel nervous but I just wanted to put it out there. Have you or know anyone who has had counselling? Has it changed you/them?

1 comment:

Holly said...

Emerging from bloggy hibernation to comment on here!!

I have had counselling in the past, when I was first diagnosed with kidney disease and didn't really know what was ahead of me. I initially tried a nephrology social worker, but did not feel a connection with her, so asked my GP to find me someone else (do not be afraid to do this if the first person you see is not the right fit for you, try somebody else, it's worth it!).

I ended up seeing a woman who specialised in chronic diseases and she was fantastic. I don't think I would have coped as well as I did if I hadn't had her to talk to, both about fairly minor things that I didn't want to ask my dr about, and about bigger things I didn't want to burden/distress close friends with, like getting my head around the reality that some people do die from FSGS.

Obviously now I live here, I don't see her anymore, but I am seriously considering finding someone else here, or even a larger support group, now that I have relapsed. It makes a big difference.

So yes, the point of this very long and rambling comment is that yes, counselling works and is worth it, and that, much like when you were looking for a successful medication, it can sometimes take a little bit of time to find a counsellor who suits you and your needs. :)

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