Choosing the right counselor, online or in person, obviously makes a difference. While rapport is essential, professional credentials must be verifiable and the counselor's knowledge and methods based on current scientific research. The ability to "audition" multiple candidates -- asking questions and having a brief session -- is a unique advantage of online counseling.
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On the porch of my childhood home, a plaque hung on the exposed beams, just about where your eyes would naturally rest when you were gazing up in thought. The plaque contained a quote, attributed to Abraham Lincoln: 'Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.'
And whenever you are feeling down and need a pick me up, every time something doesn't go to plan, every time you receive bad feedback or a negative response - open up your very own journal and reflect on all the positives. That is what will inspire you. Motivate you. And push you further than you have ever been.