This interactive kit includes animations, activities, and resources to help you explore why you may find learning hard, and discover ways to help yourself learn.
Helping Myself Learn
Find a Counsellor or Therapist
Finding the right counsellors or therapists to support you is not always easy, but it is possible. It will be different based on who you are, where you live and what your life is like (for example if you can afford to pay for counselling or not, or if you have the time/childcare/transportation you need to do counselling).
There are many types of therapists. Some do one on one counselling, others work with groups, or in programs, and some combine these. They may use different approaches and deal with different issues. Some may have a feminist or anti-racist approach, understanding that things like sexism, racism, homophobia, poverty and violence are an important part of the picture. Some may use creativity like drawing or acting things out. Some may work with different techniques, like talk therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy or harm reduction.
In looking for and meeting a therapist or counsellor, you may want to explore different options and ask a lot of questions. Does the therapist see you as the expert in your life? Are they open-minded? A learner? Perhaps also a survivor? Is their office accessible to you? Whatever is important to you, ask.
If you meet with a counsellor one or two times and it doesn’t feel right, there is nothing wrong with starting over with someone else. It is not rude, insulting or even anything personal. Remember, this is about you, not someone else.
Here are a few places to start if you are looking for a counsellor:
|Learning & Violence Home|
|BUILDING AN UNDERSTANDING: • The problem • Violence • Impact|
|EXPLORING POSSIBILITIES: • Learning processes • Helping yourself learn • Helping others learn • Learning to teach|
|CREATING CHANGE: • Changing education • Where in the world • Taking care of self|
|IMAGINING A FUTURE: • Dreams of a different world|