Sustainable therapy Guide
I vowed to do counseling consultations. I also made it clear that I could not be the conventional counsleing type.
Here, counseling will be the focus – what entails counseling and how counseling helps.
I had been helping out as a counseling specialist for a few months already when I met Drake. However, he had been volunteering with the humanitarian group with his parents since he was 15 years old. His parents were not satisfied with merely giving money to a charity; they wanted to put a lot of effort into helping others. At least, that’s what my friends in the new group had told me.
The thing was, Drake was alone that day. The reason was that there was a fire on the side of the mountain where they lived, and his mom and dad could not make it. Drake only survived because he was out playing basketball with his friends. In an instant, the sustainability helper needed counseling help.
As a counseling expert, I was not supposed to diagnose mental disorders in a patient because that’s a psychologist’s or psychiatrist’s job. However, I knew what grief and a sense of loss looked like, and that’s what I saw in Drake. I knew that the next best thing for him right then was to have a counselor that could provide counseling for the recent unfortunate incident. So I decided to approach him during one of our short breaks and offer to set counseling for him.
“Hey, Drake,” I started. “I don’t think that we have officially met, but I am technically the resident counseling expert in our little humanitarian group.
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I could offer mental health counseling to the people that we build houses for and help them accept and get over the reason why they needed counseling in the first place so that they could start anew.
“Yes, I know you. My parents thought you were doing great, considering you never ask for money, even if counseling tends to cost a lot in the outside world,” Drake replied.
I smiled. “Still, my counseling services do not need to end there. In truth, I can offer the counselor’s service to you and the other volunteers here whenever you need counseling.”
I was mildly surprised when Drake bent his head down and began sobbing in our counseling session. As a counselor, I immediately felt terrible towards this young sustainability advocate. I asked him to visit me in my counseling office the next day so we could talk away from the concerned yet prying eyes of the other members.
That was the beginning of Drake’s counseling journey. It took him some time to get over his parents’ sudden death; he had even been diagnosed with depression not too long after he started counseling. But the kid eventually learned how to handle all the emotions hitting him at once through counseling.
On one occasion, Drake’s grandparents joined our humanitarian project, and they made a point of thanking me for my counseling work with their grandson. I merely replied that my counselor’s doors were always open if they needed counseling assistance. That’s especially true since the world needed more kids like Drake, who could care for others and the world in general.