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Supporting Your People

Someone you care for is struggling and have decided to pursue counseling. You might worry about them, or wonder what they talk about during their counseling sessions. Maybe you don't know how to be there for them.



Luckily, there are many ways to support someone you love through their counseling journey. Here are 7 ways to be a pillar of support for your loved one,


  1. Encourage open communication: foster an environment where your loved one feels comfortable sharing their thoughts and emotions. Being a good listener can make therm feel heard and understood.

  2. Respect their privacy: understand that counseling is a personal journey. Respect their privacy and don’t press for details unless they willingly choose to share.

  3. Attend sessions together (if invited): if your loved one is open to it, attending counseling sessions together can show solidarity and provide insights into their healing process.

  4. Educate yourself on mental health: take the time to educate yourself about mental health issues. This will not only help you understand their struggles better but also enable you to provide more informed support

  5. Be patient and non-judgmental: healing takes time, and there might be setbacks along the way. Be patient, avoid judgment and offer encouragement during challenging moments.

  6. Celebrate Progress, no matter how small: Acknowledge and celebrate even the smallest steps forward. Positive reinforcement can be a powerful motivator and boost their confidence.

  7. Offer practical help: sometimes, every day tasks can become overwhelming. Offer practical help, whether it’s running an errand, preparing a meal, or simply being a reliable presence.


Being a supportive ally during counseling isn’t about having all the answers; it’s about showing empathy and understanding. Your unwavering support can make a significant difference in their journey toward emotional well-being.



 

Brandy Kness,

Practicum Student Counselor

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