Lend Me Your Ears

“It’s free to anyone and everyone” are words that college students love to hear. University of Louisville Seniors, Sarah and Ashley, are giving the university students a listening ear.

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The psychology majoring duo, have decided to lead a service project called “free listening.” “Free listening is about listening to people and what’s on their mind without any judgement,” Sarah said.

“Therapy is well-known for its problem-solving techniques and reputation as a tool for overcoming anxiety, depression and addiction. But as Spiegel explains, it’s also a way to establish better emotional wellness in your daily life.”

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Essentially, the process starts with you coming up to the “listeners” and start talking about whatever you want to talk about.  If you want to talk about the time you were eight and thought hamsters could fly, you without any judgement.

Free listening is basically like talking to a therapist, with the exception of diagnosing and it is 100 percent free!

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If you are still on the fence about giving free listening a try, there are a lot of benefits associated with therapy.

“Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends. During talking therapy, a trained counsellor or therapist listens to you and helps you find your own answers to problems, without judging you.”

“Talking with a professional allows you to get a sense of how you appear to other people, helps you get feedback on whatever you’re feeling and offers insight on how those emotions are affecting your everyday life.”