Today I missed my counseling session. Got held up at work. Felt really disappointed. I feel like a pressure cooker that has built steam up to maximum pressure but the pressure-release valve is stuck.
Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends. He listens to me and helps me find my own answers to problems, without judging. He gives me time to talk, cry or just think. It’s an opportunity to look at my problems in a different way with someone who’ll respect and encourage my opinions and the decisions I make. He mostly listens but drops a few gems here and there. For instance he once said, ”The mind is always looking for a reason but there is none.”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all could listen and respond to each other like that?
Although there are many different types of talking therapy, they all have a similar aim: to make you feel better. Some people say that talking therapies don’t make their problems go away, but they find it easier to cope with them and feel happier. Talking therapies can help with depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, a phobia and an addiction and, of course, in my case grief.
Talking therapies are commonly used alongside medicines for more serious mental disorders such as Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia.
Campaign Against Living Miserably promote learning to talk and listen in a way that is helpful.