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There's something very private about the experience of pain, and what is pain? When someone seeks to engage in the process of psychotherapy there's an implied demand to be rid of something . . . an unbearable painfulness, an imbalance, a feeling of stuckness or paralysis, a difficulty in living and loving. This might encompass a sense of feeling overwhelmed by something riddled with complexity and troubling to articulate. 

There is a plethora of emotions on the depressive spectrum: inadequacy, loneliness, isolation, deep sadness, helplessness, a sense of exclusion, meaninglessness, futility, despair, fear, anxiety, panic, dread, flatness, lethargy, heaviness, emptiness, obsessiveness, a feeling of paralysis, self-loathing and anger.

How do I make relationships? is the tacit question forever present in so much therapeutic work. How do I relate to others in a way that feels right, healthy, mutually respecting and consistent with the person I want to be? (Whomever that may be). Or, how did I become this person in relationships that I don’t like, feel unable to respect as I constantly feel so turbulent, hurt and confused?