“In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety."
- Abraham Maslow
Counselling can provide a safe space for you to be heard without prejudice. It involves creating a relationship with someone who is trained to provide therapeutic support, with the passion to help improve the lives of others.
This relationship entails hearing your voice, your story, your thoughts, your emotions, your ideas, your goals, and your dreams. With a better understanding of who you are and what you need, trust can be developed.
With you as the expert on your life, a counsellor can step in by uncovering more aspects of yourself, help you develop more self-awareness, and tools to investigate your intra and interpersonal relationships. This relationship can provide a platform from which you navigate and explore yourself, with relation to your past, your internal world, and how you relate with others.
"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two
chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
- Carl Jung
In addition, this relationship also provides a sounding board to strategise different coping skills to life’s transitions, consider new paradigms, introspect old habits, and contemplate new practices.
Whether counselling is a brief experience for you or not, it is only meaningful when growth is on the table. As Theodore Roosevelt has said, "Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty..."
Thus, it is important to acknowledge that seeking therapeutic support can require you to carve out the space, energy, and resources that you may not be accustomed to yet.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
- Carl R. Rogers
However, being a client-centred practice, and adopting a collaborative approach within a biopsychosocio-spiritual model, I am as committed as you are towards your growth.