People may be subject to repetitive patterns and hidden expectations in relationships--with a partner, friends, or family members--that rob them of the meaningful connections they seek.
Many people find that they remain unfulfilled because they have not been able to identify the life direction that is right for them. Still others know what they want to do but are thwarted in making it happen. Artists may find themselves blocked in their work.
For some people, the workplace involves complex and difficult relationships with coworkers and pressures that take the joy out of their work.
Physical injury, accidents, illnesses, bereavement, or an ending of significant relationships can cause adjustment problems. Childhood traumas may have detrimental effects in the present.
These experiences may be produced, in whole or in part, by unresolved emotional issues. Psychotherapy, with or without accompanying medication prescribed by the client's physician, can bring those factors to light.
Addiction to food, alcohol, and other substances can cause serious disruption both for those who are addicted and those who share the lives of addicts. Addictions may lead to compulsive actions and secret lives, with serious consequences