Updated: Feb 4
I'm happy you're here. Accepting that you're struggling is tough. I know, I've been there too. Whether you personally identify as disabled/a person with a disability, neurotypical, autistic, living with a chronic health condition, or recovering from an illness or injury, you're in the right place. The training I went through to become a rehabilitation counsellor is different from a lot of typical counselling programs. Everything is learned within the context of chronic illness and disability, commonly abbreviated as CID. Sometimes, whatever is causing disequilibrium in your life is directly due to you CID, and sometimes it has nothing to do with your CID, but you just want to talk with a counsellor who won't assume that the CID is the root cause. Depression is a great example of this. You can have cancer and be depressed, not because of the cancer diagnosis - that sucks, but it's being managed - but because of a break-up, work stress, or simply due to randomly unbalanced neurotransmitters. Or you're on the other end of that spectrum, you were just diagnosed and you feel like you're whole world is falling apart. I'm here, I get it, let's talk. I want our sessions to be a safe place for you to bring your whole self. On that vein, I'll wrap up for today and be back with a post on showing up to counselling even when you feel like crap.