How do you react to life’s difficulties? Do you react impulsively or calmly; thought through or spontaneously? For me, I tend to act impulsively/spontaneously. Most the time when I react, I do it out of the emotions I am feeling at the moment. Is the way I react in certain cases right? No, but I tend to continually fall into that habit. I have hurt a lot of people with my impulsive actions; thinking I am doing the right thing until after I have done it. I am not proud of some of the things I have done, but all I can do is own up to it. I cannot deny that I have done wrong in some of the ways I tried to handle difficult situations. There are times I have even hurt some people that I loved just by my words and the uncalled for things I would say.

My conscience has been haunting me so much lately telling me I need to change the way I handle things. I have felt such a conviction to apologize to the ones I have hurt because what I did to them was not right. I cannot take back words that I have said, but I can prevent from letting myself get out of control again. Through being in so many counseling classes, I am learning new ways to handle things. I am searching for a more positive outlet that will help me deal with my anger the right way, that outlet for me is going to the counselor at my school. For the past year I have tried to avoid counseling like a plague, but I am realizing that I need to vent to someone who has good Godly advice rather than taking out my anger on others. By venting, I am able to get things that are bothering me off of my chest; keeping me from lashing out.

I know that a lot of people think that counseling is dumb and that they do not need to go seek help from a stranger, but as a client and counseling major, I can honestly say it helps. I used to hate counseling, but I knew I needed it, and actually, counseling saved my life. If I did not have my counselor when I was going through hell with my eating disorder, I would have died. Counseling is not just a place for crazy people, but it is a safe place for anyone who needs help dealing with certain situations and who need someone to listen to them.

I would recommend counseling to everyone because it really can help in any circumstance. Every counselor is not the same, and you may not like them because they are trying to help you, but don’t forget, they do care for you. When going to a counselor, it is also important to go to one that fits your needs. I needed a counselor that specialized in eating disorders and that was a Christian. I was with her for 3 years and when I tried going to one closer to home, I realized how much I wanted my old counselor back because she understood me and knew what I was going through.

God has called us to share each other’s burdens and he has equipped some of us in this world to do exactly that. Counseling is more than just a profession, but it is also a passion some people have. I know that counseling is a passion for me because I love to help people. I love to actively listen to people and have compassion for them. No matter where someone has been in their life, I will not judge them, but will continually show the love of Christ through my words and actions. Counseling is not for condemning, but is for lifting up the fallen and helping others heal. It may not be an easy task, but it is well worth it in the end!

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