In our North American culture there is often a negative stigma associated with counselling. Many people still view it as an option of last resort; something you do only when there is a crisis, or when everything else has failed and you can’t seem to get unstuck from your problems.

Certainly, in a crisis situation, counselling can be both extremely helpful and completely appropriate, but I’m wondering sad-girl.jpgmore about your day-to-day journey. In those moments when you are quiet, maybe even bored, have you noticed, deep down, a sense that there is something missing, that there seems to be a lack of real joy in your life? Or how about your relationships? Are you able to maintain an honest and open relationship with at least one other individual?

These may be hard questions to answer and, to some extent, they are context specific, meaning they somewhat depend on the events that are happening right now in your life. If you have recently experienced a significant loss, then it is not unusual for the “joy” of life to be somewhat elusive. On the other hand, if it seems you rarely enjoy anything, or you find it difficult to engage in the kind of relationships you want, than a therapeutic conversation with a professional counsellor could be particularly beneficial. A counselling relationship can help you to discover connections towards healing and wholeness, thus improving your immediate quality of life, and allow you to collaboratively explore your long-term values and goals.