My view of counselling is that it is for everybody and that there is no stigma attached. It is an exploration of how you tick. Through this journey, you can uncover and transform unhelpful patterns. You can learn to respond rather than react defensively. Having a therapist means that your mind has an external ally who you can explore with.
Sometimes our patterns are so frozen in space that it shows up as anxiety and depression and other diagnosed disorders. Sometimes medication and therapy work in tandem to be able to get more out of life.
In counselling, I use a variety of approaches based on empathy and mindfulness. Initially, I am also interested in your life's circumstances: maybe you don't get a good night's sleep, so we have to address that first and foremost. Maybe your lifestyle doesn't serve you. I am interested in your life story but I am even more interested to connect with what emotions are underneath the stories. The stories we tell ourselves skew our reality and cause us to be more limited than we have to be. My Buddhist teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche puts this very well. Check out here: https://www.fullybeing.org/course/handshake/.
Through my 5 decades of life, my view and stance have been infused by these approaches (click on the links for more information):
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