Anger, seething below the surface, ready to burst through at the slightest provocation. Debilitating anxiety. A loss, or a trauma, beyond anything that anyone can truly comprehend. These are all deeply disturbing issues to experience. The thoughts and emotions involved are powerful and complex. But at least they have a name. You have a place to start in understanding them. You can wrestle with them, work your way through them. With effort, and help, they do not have to define you forever. You can become more of the person that you really want to be.

But what about when you just have a sense of general uneasiness?

Maybe on the surface, your life even looks like something that many others would envy. Sooner or later, though, the emptiness seeps in again. You may try to distract yourself more, in ways that are healthy – or maybe not so healthy.

But issues we try to ignore or deny usually find a way to let us know they're still there, often by way of physical symptoms. (Or sometimes through dreams or even flashbacks.) So pay attention. See if you are ready to explore.

In situations such as this, it requires a strong working relationship between the client and the therapist. It really is like putting together puzzle pieces. It can be amazing to discover together the things that may have been simmering beneath the surface without your realizing it. The wonderful thing is that once we understand what really is going on, we are in a great position to find some good answers that work for you.

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."