Please read below one of Youthline’s clients who has kindly agreed to share her story of her experience receiving counselling and how it has helped her.
‘I was apprehensive about starting counselling, but knew that I would benefit from the extra support as life has gotten a bit too tough to deal with on my own. I was supported by my Early Help worker to get my first appointment sorted and so found the process really straightforward. I was nervous to meet my counsellor for the first time but as soon as we met she put me at ease and explained what to expect from our upcoming sessions. She always listened and helped me to understand why I might be feeling the way I was and that, actually, a lot of what I was feeling was entirely normal. This is something that has stayed with me. If I find myself struggling I take a minute to think about whether it’s understandable to feel how I feel in that moment and to process those feelings. Although it was only for a short time, I’m really grateful to my counsellor for the support she gave me during what otherwise would have been a very overwhelming time’