McKinnon counsellor helps make Christmas easier

November 29, 2016

Christmas can be a happy time, with festive cheer and social gatherings all boxed together and tied with a ribbon of joyous anticipation. But for many of us, this special time of the year can be difficult to navigate.

And the closer December 25 gets, the harder it can be to deal with feelings of sadness, loss, loneliness and stress.

Whether you’ve lost a loved one, feel stressed from the financial burden that can come with Christmas or are isolated from your family and friends, our McKinnon counsellor can get to the heart of the issue and provide proven management strategies to help you through the coming weeks.

It’s important to realise you don’t have to deal with your feelings by yourself. A professional counsellor can support you, listen to you, help you understand your feelings and equip you with techniques that are tailored to your situation.

While we all want to be happy on Christmas Day, that’s just not the way it works for some of us. And it’s not surprising, with the financial stresses of presents and festive preparations coupled the family stresses of the clan coming together for a celebration meal that can end in arguments, accusations and sometimes too much alcohol.

It’s also a nostalgic time, especially for people who have lost a family member or friend. Perhaps it’s your first Christmas without a special person and there’s a seat empty at the table, or there’s been a break up in the family and everything seems different and wrong.

The day can leave you feeling flat, wondering where the year’s gone and why you haven’t achieved all your goals. Maybe you are stuck in the city when all your family and friends are several states away and you feel lonely and forgotten.

Don’t get caught in a downward spiral. There are ways to deal with your feelings, practical approaches you can take – and a McKinnon counsellor from Reflection Psychology Group can assist.

Whether you’re sitting down to Christmas lunch in Malvern, Moorabbin, Carlton or Alphington, this day can be delightful for some and crushingly difficult for others. If you are dreading the looming festive occasion, don’t despair. Please contact us at Reflection Psychology Group, book an appointment with our McKinnon counsellor and let us help.