I've been in the counselling chair, and it changed me from the inside out!
Hi, Im Natalie and my son brought me to counselling. I never set out to be a counsellor, however in 2002 my son died at 3 days old and changed my life completely.
It took me a couple of years to decide to have counselling. I didn't need it. I was doing ok, and why would I want to tell a complete stranger about my personal life?
It turned out that it was easier to talk to that stranger than my friends and family. I could talk without upsetting them. I could say anything and talk about anyone. And my counsellor wasn't afraid to ask me questions that would make me cry. This was the power of the therapy!
So, now I'm that stranger listening to other strangers telling me about their personal life.
I can tell you that I know how scary it is to pick up the phone, to make that first contact, then to sit in the chair.
But what a relief; I did it and now I'm here helping others'.