Counseling for Frustrated Photographers (Nourishing Your Mental Health)

Photography is not for everyone, which is why some people still fail miserably at it. Sometimes, no matter how much a person tries to excel in a profession, he would just fail for so many reasons. When this happens, this does not mean that the said person is unskilled. A possible conclusion is that he has chosen the wrong career to invest his time and efforts.


Try to look around you and see if some people in your life are not happy with their decisions. Do you have a brother who failed in pursuing a career in photography? In this article, we are going to discuss some of the tips and tricks on how you can help someone who has many frustrations in his life:



  1. Be There For The Other Person. An individual who is frustrated has a high tendency to withdraw from his relationship with the people surrounding him. Most of the time, the said person is not aware that he has already driven many people away from him, To avoid this from happening, do not forget to remind that person that you are always there for him. Be sensitive to his needs and try to understand the other things that you can do to help him with it. Remember, “Authentic happiness is relating to the entire universe. When someone relates and leaves nothing out, you can see it in the face and posture. There is a presence about a truly happy person, a look that says “Yes,” to oneself, to others, and to the world.” Andrea F. Polard, PsyD said.


  1. Avoid Adding Too Much Pressure.Frustration can lead to depression. A frustrated person has low self-esteem and it impairs their mental health. He does not know what else to do at the moment. Because of this, the best thing to do is just to let him be. Avoid putting too much pressure on him. If he has failed in photography, do not convince him to shift to a new passion right away. Let the other person recover at his own pace. Think about what Alicia H. Clark, Psy.D.has to say, “The sensation of pressure doesn’t have to be negative—it can be a positive challenge and motivating.”
  1. Be A Listener. Sometimes, a frustrated person would simply want to talk about his heartbreaks and failures. Listen to his stories and confessions. Do not try to contradict any statements that he made. This is the best way to ensure that he will not feel any resentment against you. Avoid making unnecessary comments that may only worsen the situation.


  1. Call A Professional For Help. In the United States, the assistance of therapists is in-demand. Make sure to take advantage of the services of these professionals. Set up an appointment with your chosen therapist. However, do not book a session without informing the person whom you want to help. Ask for his consent first to avoid any future complications or problems. Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC said, “A good therapist should be open and willing to understand your concerns. If your counselor doesn’t take your concerns seriously or is unwilling to accept feedback, then it’s probably in your best interest to consult with another therapist about it.”



At this point, it is essential to highlight the fact that calling a professional therapist or counselor is not always a good idea. If you believe that the issues and frustrations of your friend or loved one is still manageable, then just follow the first three tips above.


However, once you notice that the situation is already out of hand, do not hesitate to call a professional immediately. Some techniques and strategies can be incorporated into the therapy sessions. All these can make the frustrated person feel good about his self. To learn more about this, visit BetterHelp.