Making a list of things that prevent us from achieving wellness is an easy task....at first. Financial problems, work stress, unsupportive family members, drugs and alcohol and illness are obvious barriers to feeling at ease. Small problems and inconveniences can affect us as well. I once had a horrible day that started when I realized I had run out of coffee filters. The bad day continued with a demoralizing encounter at work, and ended with a sick cat and message from a friend who was frustrated with me.
More challenging, however, is understanding how insecurity, doubt, fear, and anger get in the way of wellness. We identify strongly with the negative things in our lives. We blame others, sometimes rightly so, for our plight. I have often felt that life would be easier if other people acted differently. The problem is, they often don't.
Using results-oriented therapeutic techniques, it's possible to learn new ways of managing the onslaught of challenges or barriers that we face. External challenges can be met with strategies and determination. Internal challenges can be met with insight and compassion. Therapy provides tools that can help you find a way up and over barriers to your wellness.