Do you feel trapped? Do you wish you were free? – Free to make a choice, a change, or even an exit? Freedom requires courage. Developing the courage to choose your own destiny, and experience freedom is, perhaps, the ultimate goal of therapy.
Freedom and fear
Avoidance of Fear
Most issues that bring people into therapy involve some type of fear, such as the fear of:
- Losing control
It may be difficult to identify an underlying fear, because you may be managing it through avoidance. This can take on many forms, including:
- Not trying too hard
- Limiting your activities to things you are already good at
- Making major life choices based on other people’s values rather than your own
This kind of avoidance has a price: You feel the uneasiness that comes with giving up an important part of yourself in exchange for safety. This kind of fear is a monumental obstacle to freedom.
Many fears are not experienced directly. They can be shrouded within other symptoms, such as:
- Lack of motivation
- Criticism of others
- Self-destructive behavior
Recognizing and acknowledging the element of fear in these experiences can be difficult, especially if you have achieved some success and view yourself as a strong individual. However, most people have adjusted their lives in some way in order to avoid confronting fear.
There are few things more gratifying than the freedom of living courageously. Dr. Agree knows this, and welcomes the opportunity to help you experience it for yourself.