Iram Bilal MSW, RSW
Clinical Social Worker
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Challenging life situations are part of each person’s life. Our resilience, coping strategies and ways to deal with them make us stronger in life.
We often talk to other people about our problems as we are trying to get some emotional support & to get solutions of problems. It is true that none of us is free from experiencing different set of emotions at different stages of life. Sometimes we can deal with them on our own. It also happens when we find extremely difficult to deal with our inner state– at times we feel helpless from those recurring thoughts… Where do these emotions come from? The answer is simple- they could be the outcome of our environment and circumstances affecting or lives. Mostly the people we talk to are who we can confide with, we trust them and do not feel judged by them. We feel supported by them and end up getting the support we need.
Who are these people? They could be your close friend, a teacher, partner, sibling, parent or neighbor – the list goes long. Indeed, as mentioned earlier, the help you end up getting works best in your situation.
No doubt, nowadays with the development in technology there are lots of other forums available, such as online resources and books. Then the questions arises here, why to get help from a therapist? The matter of fact is each person’s experience is unique. Indeed, a professional lens could help you see your emotions from different angles.
In fact, our environment and circumstances are two areas exerting influence on our lives. Another thing- sometimes, we do want to make changes in our lives, but we find difficult to figure out exactly how to do that. Hence, the therapeutic alliance between a therapist and client can generate many helpful ways of looking at things. Coming back to our initial question, can a therapist bring change to my life? Why do we need to see a counselor or a therapist? The answer is, seeking professional help to deal with some of our challenges is not at all a bad idea. Your therapist/counselor could be the person who has the professional capacity to walk you through the process of emotions.
Social work is one of the helping professions that sees the psychosocial aspects of person’s situation. Being a professional for seven plus years in this field now, I have assisted clients from different age groups, walks of life and cultural backgrounds. My experience has given me the tools of empathy, compassion & listening skills. I have discovered that the genuineness in communication between a therapist and their clients helps foster stronger therapeutic relationships. I have worked with various populations dealing the addictions, mental health conditions, trauma & domestic violence, people experiencing major transitions in life such as break up of significant relationships, loss, trauma and so forth. I have a firm belief in my ‘professional set of ears’ that help me listen to my clients and mutually work towards suggesting strategies and solutions.
Let’s work together to find answers to some of the questions posing challenges in your life.
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