What moves you? What gives you meaning? What of all the possibilities that lie ahead is genuinely freeing and what is the sequel to a restricting past or a painful present? And how do you tell the difference? Where do you feel you belong the most and how much strength and agility do you need to get there? Or might you belong most anywhere you already are? What have you been carrying around for so long it’s become the uniform that wears you down every day you show up to life? And what about the days when you can’t or don’t want to show up at all?
How do you resist the pull of cookie-cutter remedies that seem to apply to everyone around yet manage to tell you nothing about what makes you tick? And isn’t it time to figure out exactly what makes you tick?
You’ve tried the confidences with friends but there is only so much you’re comfortable discussing with them. You might have already gone down the pop psychology road only to discover that, in spite of all their good intentions, self-help can’t deliver on its promises and cognitive therapy has the shelf life of an opened can of pop. You may have taken a shot at medicating yourself with over the counter, prescription or, heck, not so legal substances; you know there’s nothing more than chemistry here and that, for all its worth, chemistry gives you as much meaning as a dictionary gives you literature.
What ultimately got you to your present are feelings and relationships, thoughts and events, words and memories—faint or strong, good or bad, vivid or forgotten, no matter. While you may not be the sole author of all that’s led you here, you know it best and you’re the one most qualified to begin sorting it out. And let’s face it, it’s by sorting out what got you here in the first place that you might begin to move toward.
So, welcome to psychoanalysis.