This was a comment to my community page, where I always speak raw honesty of my journey, good, bad and ugly. I receive comments like this often. And comments stating that I know more than their counsellors and they print info of mine off to help their counsellors understand complex trauma and it’s affects more.
I don’t profess to be a counsellor, or to have professional counselling experience, or that I know all I need to know to be a counsellor and I remind my community members frequently of this. I also remind them, nothing I say, or post should be a substitute for real counselling.
I consider my community page – to be peer support. Not counselling.
I have no grandiose ideas about my capacity as support, no ego to say I know it all and no motivation other than to help validate and share what I am learning. In fact, the more I learn about myself and humanity – the more I know I need to learn, and tell people that too. And I am willing to learn, because I need to. Even if it really hurts, which sometimes, it does. The truth, can be painful, embarrassing, humiliating, devastating, but also powerful, empowering, healing.
But, I have been told repeatedly, that I often know more than many counsellors will know, or understand about this journey, and this has been said by counsellors too. Which is very honest of them and shows they lack ego and have humility and a willingness to learn, which is good. A true heart of someone who truly wants to help their clients. So, even that alone, is helpful to many.
But there is something very powerful, in peer support, the expression of someone who gets this journey deeply and is constantly learning more and can write this in a way, that many relate to.
I am thankful, for any good for anything I write.
I want to use, what was meant for evil, for good.