Until recently, I had no real idea of what Forest bathing was. I had heard of it in passing, and that was about it. I started thinking about it more when I was looking up at the underside of trees and thinking about how happy it made me. This led to wanting to find out more about Forest bathing, what it was and how I could do it!
This is how liberation psychologies found me. Humans are not made to remain boxed and static. We are fluid, social, evolving creatures with beating hearts and co-regulating nervous systems. We deserve to live in hope for a better future.
This drink not only looks beautiful, it has a tangy taste similar to cranberry juice with a floral and fruity aroma, and it is packed with antioxidants and vitamin C.
I feel that, although change is really hard and can be daunting, a lot of the time it is for the best as it makes room for new growth. I have had a lot of big life changes in the past few years that made me feel as if I was at my breaking point. However, each time I have come out of it stronger, wiser, more confident in my abilities and ready to take on the next challenge that life throws my way.
Counselling may also contain signposting: providing information about other services and sources of support. Supported healing may require collaboration between services, counsellors and GP or school, as well as additional tips for learning more about the challenges we may be facing.
Counselling can support recovery from trauma and other life challenges. It can support healing and improve your mental health. Counselling can also support your wellbeing, growth and resilience. Your counsellor may respectfully help you challenge your unhealthy thinking patterns and habits. They will witness and assist the changes you wish to introduce in your life.
Validation is the key to counselling work. We need to feel validated in a relationship with another human. This, of course, is not always the case in all our relationships, so your counsellor will aim to provide this experience for you.
A huge factor in the success of counselling is the quality of your relationship with your counsellor. Thus, you should feel safe, respected, understood and gradually more open to trusting the counselling process. In counselling, we call this “rapport building”.
Counselling is confidential and safe. Confidentiality means that whatever you share with your counsellor stays in the room. This may help you open up and explore your challenges without judgement or fear that the content of your session will be shared elsewhere.
The most commonly known counselling format is a series of weekly 50 – or 60 min long sessions. However, some counsellors offer fortnightly, monthly or one-off sessions too. You can ask for one session, a few sessions or ongoing counselling. Some counselling modalities, such as walking or couples therapy, may require longer, 1.5 hrs long sessions. Group therapy can also consist of longer sessions.