Every time someone makes the decision to ask for help from a Psychotherapist or Personal Counsellor and walks into my office, it takes courage.
Courage to show up.
Courage to open up.
Courage to be real.
Courage to be vulnerable.
Courage to take steps towards healing.
Famous research professor and author, Brené Brown has spent years studying the connection between shame, vulnerability and courage. According to Brown, “vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.”
Vulnerability and courage are essential for an individual to be able to share their stories. There is often shame associated with these stories. Shame about what they have or haven’t done. Shame about what has happened to them. Shame about the small things, and shame about the unimaginable. Brown’s research has shown that shame is a fear of disconnection. What if other people see me for who I really am? Therapy is all about risk by allowing another person to see you. Really see you. It’s hard. It’s scary. And it can be so worth it with the right therapist.
“How Can I Feel Less Shame?”
Empathy is the antidote to shame. If you are interested in learning more about empathy, watch this 3 minute video by Brené Brown.
Take a Step Towards Healing.
Take a deep breath and connect with me, Annette Poechman. You can easily book an appointment for psychotherapy and personal counselling in and around Hamilton, Ontario. As a Registered Psychotherapist, I have significant experience working with the issues of trauma, anxiety, stress and depression. Many extended health plans cover “Registered Psychotherapy” and/or “Supervised Psychological Practice”. Check your plan for coverage. I also work in conjunction with a number of Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Reach out today and take the next step towards better mental health. Listening. Guiding. Caring.