Counselling brought Symonds’ life back on track

March 9th, 2009 - 7:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, March 9 (IANS) Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds Monday said his counselling sessions have brought him once again closer to girlfriend Katie Johnson and cricket besides helping him to battle depression.
Symonds and Johnson were one of the glamour couples of the Australian cricket team before the all-rounder requested time and space to confront his depression.

But they have again become close after Symonds underwent routine counselling sessions with a leading sports psychologist.

“Being old fashioned, when I first went into counselling I didn’t think it was going to be for me, but I’ve completely changed my mind about that whole profession,” Symonds was quoted as saying in the Herald Sun.

In a tumultuous summer, Symonds came close to having his Cricket Australia contract torn up for off-field indiscretions. He was left out of the South Africa tour and sent back to state cricket.

In the past eight months, Symonds said: “It’s had its moments. Some days, it becomes a bit daunting when you think about it all again.”

“I’ve seen results and I’ve enjoyed coming out of the sessions I’ve been doing. It’s helping me and I’m making better decisions.”

On the cricket pitch, Symonds remains committed to forcing his way back into the Australian team for the Ashes tour of England in August.

“There were days when I was drinking too much and binge drinking, using it as an out or as an excuse if I’d had a bad day or something hadn’t gone right.”

“The answer for me is controlling it and knowing when to have a beer and what’s appropriate. And I believe I’ve done that well now.”

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