After talking about things with his counsellor, Deval was able to cope better with the difficulties he'd been facing in his life.
“I ended up in counselling because I was drinking too much. I guess I was trying to cope with my divorce and the stresses of work. It started bit by bit but I guess before I knew it I was drinking every day. I went to my doctor and it was she who recommended counselling to me. I didn’t like the idea much at all. I thought of somebody, you know, with a notepad and a pen, analyzing me while I was lying down on a couch. I didn’t like that idea at all. But Stewart, the counsellor, was really good. There was no couch. We sat together and had a real conversation. He actually made me realize that I was really angry, which surprised me. I never thought I was angry at all. It wasn’t always easy because before I got better, I did in fact get worse because he made me look at myself and it wasn’t pretty. I was expecting him to give me all the answers but Stewart sort of helped me to find the answers for myself. And so, bit by bit, I’m getting better. That`s what counselling is for me. He’s made me try a few different things and it helps; I’m actually drinking less. I know I’m not there yet but I’m getting better bit by bit.”