On this journey called life, we all experience high points and low points; periods of joy, pleasure, and peace, as well as times of sadness, fear, unrest, and discontent. Sometimes we recognize these as the normal ebbs and flows of life, however at other times the pain, fear, sadness can overwhelm us to the point that they consume us, and we cannot see a way out, on our own.
It is at this point that we look outside of ourselves, as we are hardwired to do, for something or more often somebody, that can help us to get through this difficult time.
This is no easy feat, however. We live in a society whether there is stigma around seeking help. Many of us who seek help are worried about being judged, blamed or even shamed for their difficulties. In addition to this, we may struggle to want to place our trust in another person (a therapist), particularly if relationships with others have been problematic, and have caused some of the pain we have experienced. Finally, there is a strange kind of comfort in familiarity and sameness. Keeping hold of our difficulties may feel safer than the uncertainty of change, and a life without them. This is the case particularly if we have experienced difficulties for some time.
If you can relate to this, then I urge you to reach out to somebody who is trained and experienced in supporting people in distress. Somebody who will be able to provide a supportive, non-judgmental space to listen to you, to help you make sense of your difficulties, and to help you to find ways of coping with your difficulties.
There are a variety of psychological practitioners out there (counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists etc.) and they all work in slightly different ways. I would advise you to get to know a little about the differences between these, and then to speak with your selected professional(s) in depth to get an understanding of the way they work and to get a sense of whether they would be the right fit for you.
I am a Clinical Psychologist and you can find out more about me in the pages that follow. You can get an idea of the way in which I work from my blog posts, and I am also active on a number of social media platforms. Feel free to look at some of my content below.
If you think I may be able to help you can call me on 07878942190, send me a message via the contact page or send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish you all the best in your search.
Dr Darshan Kaur