When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. (Viktor E. Frankl)
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. (Agnes Repplier)
Therapy is many things to many people — a way to create change, find happiness, make meaning of our lives.
If life is a journey, then therapy is about creating a map. We all need help at times to find our way through the wilderness, pull ourselves up from the quicksand, and face down the dangers — both real and imagined — encountered along the way.
And then there’s the question of buried treasure, the parts of ourselves that may have been unseen, unappreciated, or simply lost. Where do we start the search? How can we be sure such treasure even exists?
Few of us are born into optimal conditions. Too much loss, too little nurturing, certain kinds of injuries to our internal compass makes it difficult to navigate life. As adults we develop symptoms — depression, addiction, codependency, anxiety, despair — that let us know we have gone astray.
Therapy not only helps us make sense of and manage symptoms, but it can also direct us back to our lost sense of self, releasing our considerable life-energy to its fullest expression.