Assistance coping with vision loss
To anyone experiencing recent vision loss counseling can be key to helping transition to the impact this will have on their life. There are generally five phases associated with the grieving process and in general a person must work through the first four before recovery can be embraced. The five phases are:
- Shock and denial
Counseling is a mutual exchange of ideas designed to address your concerns. Its primary function is to help you develop coping skills to help deal with the emotional and mental impact of your visional loss and help facilitate the healing process. Patients with vision challenges; potential blindness, partial loss of eyesight or total blindness can fall victim to depression, guilt, low self esteem, isolation, suicidal ideations, self-doubt, anger and maladjustment. At-risk visually impaired individuals can be primary benefactors of counseling.
Counseling can provide the fabric to assist visually challenged clients in navigating their return to productive lifestyles. By assisting the client through the adjustment process and helping them develop goals for their lives, they are able to move forward and begin to learn new life skills to help them towards their goals. Skills development include coping skills, professional one-on-one contact to express their feelings, and building new behavior patterns with appropriate counseling tools. Group and individual sessions, thorough psychosocial assessment, treatment plan formation and case management are included in this holistic approach to counseling. Counseling is a major component to positive adjustment for the at-risk blind population.