Therapy is useful in so many ways for many of life's circumstances. Sudden loses, chronic tension, dissatisfaction with jobs, relationships, parenting and life changes. Often we know we need help before we seek it - not knowing where to turn or even how to get what we need, or if the help we need even exists. Our world is increasing complex, and we often move far away from family or supportive figures. We are faced with enormous external pressures with fewer and fewer resources of support.

Childhood adversity (be it abuse, neglect, or family patterns that no long serve us or our world) can interrupt our lives, relationships, work and happiness. Unsuccessful relationships, difficulties with our children, unable to understand our feelings, provide self care, or to move forward in life. Feeling down, hopeless, and not seeing a way out of our situations, fears, trepidations, or reluctance can hamper our way forward.

There is so much more we now know about how to assist people in becoming whole, happy, and healthy. Research and effective safe models of psychotherapy have advanced in the last decade or two, helping us to make lasting positive changes. We understand protective and primary vulnerable emotions, as well as stuck cycles of dissatisfaction, unhappiness, and hopelessness. We know how the brain and body store past experiences and have many effective therapies that alleviate and process these. We know, for instance, that the deepest part of our brains are wired for connection and that we can exhibit distressing emotions when we do not get the safe connection all humans need. We also know now how to assist people with finding security and wholeness when these places show up in our lives, be it through temporary situations or longer term issues. We understand how trauma affects the brain body and emotions and how to process these traumas to more calmly approach our lives.

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and you. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
Brene Brown

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If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding shame can’t survive.
Brene Brown