My initial expectations were that I would have someone to talk through the feelings I was having and to be able to deal with them better.
Prior to counselling, I was feeling disconnected, lost and unable to deal with my feelings.
Counselling has enabled me to talk through my feelings and to realise that I needed to speak out how I felt to family, friends and colleagues and not to take on board their feelings.
The tools that I have found useful [in addition to] what I have been doing daily [such as] meditation. Journaling has it’s rewards to see how far you have come and to look back as to how you have dealt with previous situations.
I feel more positive and feel connected to family, friends and that I now have the tools to keep me on track and if I do slip back again, I can look back at what I did and it won’t be as far back as I was in the beginning.
With one friend in particular, we seem to get on better than before.
Family wise, I am better informed but still learning through this process as this will take time to come to terms with large family gatherings.
I have told my daughter how I feel and that I need time to adjust to family do’s.
Julie is a good listener and helps you work through issues and how I can approach things differently.
Today I am feeling more positive. I have learnt a lot about myself and not be so hard on myself.
I have learnt how things that have happened to me in the past have affected me and that I can make changes to progress.