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Concerns Regarding My Counselor - Seeking Advice & Suggestions for a Fresh Start

Updated: Jan 20

As an aneurysm survivor I am constantly curious about how other survivors have felt about their counselors. Did they find them helpful in their recovery process? Personally, I am not satisfied with my counselor and I am considering changing to someone else. I believe it is important to have a positive and supportive relationship with your counselor in order to effectively work through the challenges of recovering from an aneurysm. Hearing other survivors' experiences could help me make a decision about whether or not to switch counselors. I am curious to hear about the impact counseling has had on other aneurysm survivors.

A couple weeks ago, I was on call with my counselor on our weekly call. I was feeling positive with a glimmer of hope. For the first time in years, I felt like I was making progress. I was not only dealing with my aneurysm, but also trying to come to terms with the trauma from my past. It was a difficult journey, but I felt like I was finally headed in the right direction.

Last week, however, things took a turn for the worse. I started my session with my counselor and immediately felt like she was brushing me off. It was as if she wasn't interested in what I had to say. I left the session feeling frustrated and lost. It seemed like all the progress I had made was just a facade.

When I finally mustered up the courage to express my true feelings to my counselor, I was met with disappointment and disbelief. I had been feeling like she wasn't taking me seriously and that I needed more support, but she simply brushed off my concerns and asked if I had anything else to work on. It was like she was trying to make a joke out of my struggles. I felt lost and alone in that moment, and it was a truly heartbreaking experience.

As I reflect on the phone call I just had, I realize that I can't keep living like this. I feel overwhelmed by my struggles and I know I need professional help to overcome them. However, I worry that finding a counselor who will take me seriously and provide the support I need will be a lengthy and daunting process. But I also know that I can't keep going on like this and I am determined to seek the help I need. It's time for me to prioritize my mental health and find the right counselor to guide me towards a happier and healthier future.

It's frustrating to feel like I can't talk about the good things in my life if I want help dealing with the trauma of my past. But I know that I deserve a counselor who will listen to me and support me through all aspects of my life. I may feel lost right now, but I'm determined to find the right counselor who will help me on my journey to healing.

I wonder if others have had a difficult time getting approved to have a different counselor. At VA facilities I do not usually have issues when trying to see a specific doctor. However, I have noticed that changing counselors is not something that is commonly requested. It may be a process that requires more approval or paperwork, which could make it more challenging. Have you encountered any difficulties in the past when trying to switch counselors?

What fuels me is the opportunity to share my journey and connect with others through my blog, Brain Aneurysms Hurt. Writing about my experiences as a survivor and providing support to others going through similar challenges is my passion. It gives me a sense of purpose and fulfillment to know that my words can make a positive impact on someone's life. With each passing day, my blog gains more readers and I am motivated to continue creating authentic and relatable content. My ultimate goal is to build a strong support system for those affected by brain aneurysms, and I am determined to make a difference in their lives. I invite you to explore my site and join me on this journey of inspiration and empowerment. Let's discover together what fuels our souls and ignites our passions.

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