The complicated experience of estrangement
For us estranged ones, Mother’s and Father’s Day can bring up a slew of complicated feelings from rage to guilt to shame to despair to loneliness. Wading through aisles of flowers and gifts… Where is the part of the store that’s dedicated to those who don’t have close familial bonds?
Boundaries: Friction is part of the process
Boundaries are hard. Knowing and asking for what you want is one thing. Tolerating the other person’s reaction is another. Boundaries don’t ensure conflict never happens, it ensures we are honest with our people about what we need.
How do I stop feeling guilty about practicing self-care?
If you’re struggling with “self-care”, you’re not alone. Self-care is a bit abstract, often misapplied, and misunderstood. To add onto this, we often have feelings of guilt and restlessness accompany our attempts at self-care.
How do I know if I need therapy?
Maybe this is your first time or maybe you’re giving it another chance. In any case, you’re here because you’re considering some support. Is it the right kind? How do you know you need therapy?