I’m back from a lovely sunny Christmas break here in New Zealand feeling refreshed, reenergised and raring to make 2018 an amazing year.
I spent a lot of time during my break thinking about how I want to spend the next year, whats important to me and what I need to do in order to be happier.
These sort of reflections are crucial for self-development and helped me recognise that while I have progressed in many areas this year, there are still a lot of areas I’m not coping with.
This helped me make the decision to enter into counselling again.
Unfortunately due to my lifestyle and financial restrictions, face to face counselling isn’t an option.
However, luckily, there are other options available to receive counselling and I am now receiving counselling through @betterhelp (thank you @omgkenzieee for bringing their service to my awareness).
BetterHelp is a fantastic service, for anyone who don’t know, you can download the app onto your phone or access it online; which allows the service to be accessible to anyone, anywhere there’s internet!
How great is that?! Plus they charge a reduced cost compared to traditional face to face counselling.
They provide counselling in a variety of formats including via phone, video chat, instant messaging and in text.
They even offer financial aid to those of low incomes. .
This isn’t an ad by the way, I am just really impressed with the service and wanted to share my experience in case any of you are looking for counselling but unsure how you’re going to fit it in/afford it.
Often people forget that there are options in receiving mental health treatment.
So if you’re not getting anywhere with your local mental health team don’t be scared to explore other options.
You can access counselling privately, through charities, e-counselling and in support groups.
There are also some amazing helplines and tons of self-help resources available.
So don’t be afraid to try them out and see what works best for you.
I am a strong believer that counselling can help anyone and yet we’re often fearful to try it out.
Don’t let that fear prevent you from asking for help when you need it!
It could make all the difference.