Many of us, at some point in our lives, will experience situations that challenge us. We may reach a crossroads in a particular relationship, suffer a loss, find ourselves increasingly anxious, notice that our eating patterns are changing or that we are drinking more than we are comfortable with. We may notice that we are not handling stress particularly well, or that we feel stuck, angry or somewhat depressed. Sometimes we can more effectively negotiate and grow through these challenges with the support of a therapeutic relationship.
Speaking to someone with no connection to the situation, with no agenda, can be a helpful way of gaining insight into our feelings, our thought patterns and our ways of behaving. Often the way we respond to challenging situations is influenced by our history and our personality. Understanding these links can bring clarity and enable us to make positive changes.