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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

One thing I love most about my role is that I get the privilege of receiving,as well. In my years of counselling I have gained some pretty valuable lessons in my work with clients. In this blog is an outline of some of the most valuable lessons and truths about life I have gained in working with both young and old.

 

I love what I get to do in my role as a psychologist. I feel so blessed to be in the unique enriching position which allows me to offer support to so many.

One thing I love most about my role is that I get the privilege of receiving,as well. In my years of counselling I have gained some pretty valuable lessons in my work with clients.

Here’s some of the most valuable lessons and truths about life I have gained in working with both young and old:

1. Our deepest pain can reflect who we are at our core. In other words, when I feel really sad or hurt this actually can reflect back to me what or who I hold close to my heart—I get to see and feel my value system engaged and trying to teach me what is really important to me.

2. Our fears are bigger in our minds. Facing them is quite an experience of realizing ‘that’ wasn’t so bad! Whatever my ‘that’ has been over the years: a difficult conversation, decision, event, confession, or taking action towards a long standing dream—when we take that first step towards the ‘fear,’ we are often confronted with the relief of reality.

3. Change is possible. Whether it seems impossible or just really difficult with a long road ahead —there’s hope in knowing what you’re after is more than often achievable. I’ve personally witnessed amazing life altering changes in my clients’ lives because of their commitment to do the work necessary to achieve it.

4. It’s hard to be honest but boy is it freeing! Coming to terms with something that’s hard to see or admit can be so difficult to do. We all share in the struggle of facing our own flaws but when we do—the freedom of getting real is life changing, and truly can impact one’s personal relationships in such profound ways.

5. Letting go is a gift you can give to yourself. People will hurt and disappoint us, it’s a fact of life. It hurts deeply when it comes from those dearest to our hearts. I’ve been reminded that forgiveness does involve a step of letting it go; releasing the other and yourself from the weight of anger, destruction of bitterness, and pain of disconnection.

I am truly honoured to be in a position that allows me to listen to understand. I write this blog as a thank you to my clients for being some of my greatest teachers in this wonderful journey of life.

Author: Sara Alia, R. Psych (Prov)

 

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.

This is one of the most common counselling questions we get asked and certainly makes sense because the nature of therapy is so dynamic.  Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. we tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

Every couple’s journey to finding a connection and strengthening their relationship is unique. Generally, couples will attend sessions once per week, but your therapist understands that schedules can be difficult to coordinate. When you choose to pursue counselling to create change in your relationship, it is important to prioritize that effort. Your psychologist can help design a schedule that works for you. And as for how long it will take? There is no definite answer, but you can discuss your goals with your counsellor, and they will work hard to help you get there as efficiently as possible.

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