Mental and emotional issues express themselves in many different forms and, ultimately, barring some extreme examples, I work with most of these expressions. Here is a list covering some, but not all, of what I have experience working with.
“No problem can be solved on the level of consciousness that created the problem in the first place.” -Carl Jung
Moods are ultimately a natural consequence created by the emotional ingredients that make up our lives. They are also highly habitual. If we are living with consistently undesirable moods, it is important to take a good look at how we are currently living our lives while simultaneously finding ways to break our habitual mood states.
Examples of mood problems:
Do you feel consistently sad or anxious?
Does it seem as if a particular negative mood state seems to dominate your day?
Is it difficult for you to experience good moods, even during circumstances that should elicit them easily?
Do you feel emotionally flat, neither feeling very high or low?
“Relationship is surely the mirror in which you discover yourself” -Krishnamuruti
Our relationships, more than any other aspect of our lives, have the power to create deep feelings of connectedness and personal value, or their opposite, deep feelings of emptiness and worthlessness. But also, more than any aspect of our lives, relationships shed light onto the very foundation of our emotional make-up, and can be used as an opportunity to look deeply into ourselves and provide insight into important changes that need to be made in order to successfully grow.
Examples of Relational Issues:
Intimate Partner Abuse/Violence
Is romantic connection consistently troublesome?
Are your relationships usually physically or emotionally abusive?
Do you find that you feel empty if you aren’t romantically or sexually involved?
Does romantic connection always start off very intensely but become emotionally painful after a few months?
Do feelings of powerlessness and desperation usually accompany romantic involvement?
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin
There is no more important emotional work to be done than to address one’s personal trauma. Although not all traumatic events lead to ongoing emotional trauma, if it does exist, trauma and/or PTSD is capable of infecting our lives as completely as any other form of emotional wounding. It is vital that trauma, should it exist, be addressed and healed so that we can experience the full array of emotional experience.
Have you experienced abuse or other forms of classical trauma in your life, especially during your childhood?
Do you find that experiencing love is painful to you?
Do you have addiction issues?
Do you have an underlying feeling of fear or angst that accompanies you throughout your day?
“We have two lives…the one we learn with and the life we live after that.” -Bernard Malamud
There doesn’t have to be a specific presenting problem to benefit from the therapeutic process. Often, therapy can be used as a means of personal examination and emotional growth, even when there isn’t an obvious reason to seek it.
Examples of Personal Growth Work:
Developing healthier interpersonal and intimacy patterns
Do you have a nagging intuition that life has more to offer you than it seems to be doing?
Are you unsure that you are living a life that seems suited to you?
Are you looking for an opportunity to examine your life and make changes where necessary?
Do you think you could be happier but don’t know how or why?