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Linda Atkinson Counselling & Psychotherapy, Sidmouth Devon

If you bring forth that which is within you,

Then that which is within you

Will be your salvation.

If you do not bring forth that which is within you,

Then that which is within you

Will destroy you.     

                                                                            - from the Gnostic Gospels

As a counsellor and psychotherapist I am only too aware how relationships and common life events have a habit of throwing challenges in our paths, these times can often prove problematic, and you may find yourself unable to cope. Even simple daily tasks can become an emotional struggle which may leave you feeling exhausted and unmotivated. Left unacknowledged this could eventually lead to you feeling completely overwhelmed. I understand only too well how difficult it can be to seek support at these times, as humans we do not like to present ourselves as vulnerable and not coping in case it is viewed as a sign of weakness, it may be easier to avoid or bury our emotions, which may help for a little while, but before long, getting on with everyday life can begin to feel like your wading through treacle.


Seeking support in these difficult times, is not a sign of weakness, in fact it can be the start of you taking charge of your own general well being. I believe your emotions are of great value,  they are the indicators that inform you how an experience has left you feeling, When your feelings are repeatedly ignored or denied, an automatic pattern or behaviour may develop where you learn to continue to bury or hide painful emotions. This is very often not a conscious or intentional action, it may be how you have learnt to cope with difficult and overwhelming problems.


                                 What lies behind us,

                                 and what lies before us

                                 are tiny matters,

                                 compared to what lies within us


                                                           Ralph Waldo Emerson.