By providing support through listening, we’re allowing someone to feel heard. By giving someone the space to share their feelings, even the uncomfortable ones like sadness, anger or grief, we’re allowing them tolighten the load they’re carrying. While being there for someone, it’s ok that we might not have a solution. In fact, there are some stressors or situations that do not have a realistic or immediate solution. Often a person is just simply looking for validation and support, particularly when trying to deal with separation or parenting alone.
By listening and validating someone’s experience and feelings, we’re reinforcing that you are not alone. Even if we haven’t been through the same event, we can empathise and normalise your reactions and feelings.
Listening support is not counselling or therapy, but we can provide information on how to access these supports, if needed.