Pain is how nature lets us know that something needs our attention. Emotional pain can appear in many forms: depression; anxiety; obsessive thoughts; guilt-ridden ruminations; self-esteem issues such as feelings of worthlessness, inadequacy, or shame; indecision and confusion; emptiness, lack of direction, futility; fear of aging and death; unbearable loneliness; work problems and relationship problems. Yet these feelings are the stuff of life.
How do we know when the pain we are suffering merits help? One indication is when the pain lingers long enough causing us continued distress. Another is when the pain is impacting multiple parts of our lives., including the people we love. Therapy can help address that pain, making a space for it and letting it pass. Therapy can address the underlying causes of your emotional pain, returning you to a full life that includes hope, joy, love, clarity, vitality, and spontaneity.
Human potential can be characterized, in part, by the following:
Increased clarity of perception
More openness to experience, novelty, and joy
Increased autonomy and an integration of a firm and unique sense of identity
Increased spontaneity, freedom of choice, and creativity
A sense of meaning, responsibility, and personal values
An appreciation for the mystery and wonder of life
Increased capacity for love and compassion