I came to see Julie having seen another counsellor previously.
Prior to seeing Julie I was struggling with traumatic experiences which I felt unable to let go of, continuing depression and anxiety, and struggling with overwhelming negative emotions, low self esteem and lack of confidence in myself and my place in the world.
Throughout the process of working with Julie I began to let go of those things holding me back; there was a palpable difference between the counselling I received from Julie and the counselling I had previously had.
Those traumatic emotions and memories that I hadn’t been able to let go of were let go of within the first few sessions, and the nature of the counselling was wholly different.
From experiencing ‘bad’ counselling which was directive and created a co-dependency, my work with Julie was wholly collaborative and on an equal footing.
Working with Julie has enabled me to find my own strength and power within myself without ever feeling like I was dictated to or being told what to do.
As a result of my sessions with Julie I have found a new job and moved house – these steps I feel would have felt too scary if I had been on my own.
More importantly, I am now so much happier with who I am and have a far greater understanding of myself.
The confusion and angst I was feeling have gone and my inner emotions about myself are clean and straight-forward.
The negative self-image and self talk I had been experiencing has largely resolved.
That said, the biggest piece of learning from the sessions has been to learn how to manage life itself – especially the ups and downs and the anxieties that come with normal life.
The biggest take-away from counselling with Julie has been to learn and understand my own strength and resilience to overcome any difficulty without compromising my own self-worth and esteem.