A friend recommended that I seek counselling. Being a student at the time, my resources quickly ran thin. I also wasn’t getting the right type of counselling, until someone connected me with a problem gambling counsellor from a provincially funded program. The healing process was long. I was in counselling for three years and learned about addiction, addictive behaviours, self love and setting boundaries to protect myself. My counsellor worked with me to understand the stages of grieving, deal with abandonment issues, and create a healthy understanding of how personal and family relationships work.
Counselling gave me the courage and skills I needed to stop the downward spiral, overcome depression and put my life back together. The three years of support I received would not have been possible if it was not subsidized. Mental wellness is a topic that touches everyone. Someone in our lives, may it be a family member, friend, co-worker or neighbour, may be suffering from anxiety, depression, abuse or addiction. I’m joining the fundraising hike hosted by Burnaby Counselling Group as a testimony that healing is possible when there’s support. I was helped by accessible and subsidized counselling and my hope is through this hike, I’m able to help others as well.
Sandy – Former client of counselling