YOU AND THERAPY
Is therapy for you?
“I wish I had the courage to live my life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”. The #1 regret in “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”
It is difficult to imagine conducting your life differently than you are, and if you can imagine it, but are not living it — something is in the way.
Raised in unique environments and subtly shaped by fears, our unique neuro-wiring and natural temperament, we have been influenced by family, culture, religion and economics. Inspired and limited by our early relationships, personal experiences, protective behaviors, and ways of hearing, interpreting, reacting, and connecting to others, how we conduct ourselves in work, play and love is most often not self-determined.
It is essential for a connected, productive and purposeful life, that we discern our own voice from the din.
At some point in our lives, most of us – dare I say all of us – gets stuck. Life becomes heavy rather than light, despairing rather than hopeful and joyful. We become unsure of our path and our purpose.
The challenge is to acknowledge when we are stuck, and then summon the courage to take a deeper look.
To: Develop self-awareness of feelings, preferences, resources and intuitions. Assess strengths and weaknesses. Confront fears that marginalize or derail goals and dreams. Develop the confidence for honest, intimate and vulnerable self-expression. Be able to give and receive love.
Living life true to one’s self is the only path to self-esteem, integrity and an increased capacity for connection, joy, pleasure, productivity, and healthy relationships. The work of therapy is to reclaim the true self.
Therapy is for all of us.