While I prepared my lunch yesterday I was captivated by a short interview from the 1960’s with a World War 1 veteran – one of the Voices of the First World War series of oral history.
It was one man telling his story of a torpedo strike. He survived without physical injury, but the psychological effects followed soon after and stayed with him for the rest of his life.
It is quite possible that it was one of the first times he talked about the emotional impacts of his experiences.
For me, the interview highlights the importance of having an opportunity to talk and be listened to.
It’s not always easy to talk
I think it can be quite difficult to talk about things that are important. Sometimes it can take a while to even realise that there’s something that you need to talk about.
Sometimes you know you need to talk but you just don’t know who will listen.
Not only do you need the opportunity, but you need to know that you will be listened to and that you won’t be judged for what you say.
You need to know someone will really listen to you
I’m a great listener! At the end of their initial consultation, my clients frequently tell me that it felt good to talk.
That they’d never had the opportunity to talk about ‘everything at the same time’ before.
The things that I frequently hear about in my consultations can pretty much be grouped into the following categories:
- Issues from childhood and parents;
- Humiliation or mortification;
- Destructive relationships;
These things might have happened decades ago, but they remain a powerful force.
They might be the cause of anxiety, a feeling of ‘never being good enough’ or a fear of rejection.
Is there something that you need to talk about?
It might have happened years ago, but you don’t seem to be able to forget about it. You might not have mentioned it to anyone else, or perhaps you mentioned it to your GP and all they could offer were anti-depressants.
I use natural and gentle homeopathic remedies and herbs to help you get through whatever it is that is affecting you.
Now might be the right time for you to talk. 🙂
If reading this makes you think of a friend or family member I would love for you to pass this on to them. If you’d like to find out more about working with me you can book a free Introductory Call, give me a call or email me.
I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂