When I first came for counselling I was feeling overwhelmed and burned out. Life seemed like a struggle and had done for a long time. I came for counselling feeling desperate and needing help to cope better with my work and relationships.
My counsellor took time to really listen to me and this made a big difference in itself. Meeting weekly with the counsellor gave me something to aim for at times when I was feeling really low. Through talking and reflecting on things both in the sessions and between the sessions I gained greater awareness of my emotions and what can trigger them. I am more accepting of difficult emotions like feeling anxiety and anger and no longer feel overwhelmed by them. I am learning the skill of stepping back and reflecting rather than being totally caught up in my worries.
I continued coming to counselling for about a year and found it very helpful and supportive. It was very challenging at times but has been worth it. I took something useful away from every session. I still find things hard at times but have definitely made progress that I will continue to build on.