Sometimes, a whole life seems to have been lived in just a few years. One may be 20, 40 or 60 years of age and yet, only a few of those years seem to have mattered–if any at all. In counseling work, as well as psychotherapy, a through examination of one's life narrative is often necessary to understand the lingering effects that past trauma, adversity and conflict can continue to have in one's present life.

Life History and Life Crisis

22243_1_1200pxIn examining a life history, some episodes stand out as particularly significant. Not just the bad ones are significant, the good ones can be very significant, too. I use the term “significant” to identify episodes in one’s life that were life-changing, memorable, that can be easily recalled (even re-lived) at a distance of many years.

There are very good reasons to re-examine these episodes and discern how they may tie, through invisible and subconscious emotional tendrils, to present-day difficulties and challenges.

The history of one’s life has been written, but one very important truth is that it can (and I say, it should) be re-written with the understanding of adulthood to put once-traumatic episodes in perspective, to exorcise their demons, and to find peace.

Counseling that is centered around one's life history is very productive and can lead to a much happier present life.

Get Help With Understanding Your Personal Life History

To make an appointment with Dr. Z, call (678) 554-5632 or fill out the online appointment request. We can go co-construct your narrative, identify the ways in which the lingering effects of episodes in your personal history are affecting your life and that of your loved ones, or how current conflicts may be traced back to past events. We will put some dimensions to the problem, and identify your current resources that may be applied toward meaningful and lasting change. If additional resources and skills are needed, we will treat your severe symptoms and help you feel calmer and increase your ability to choose the most appropriate response to each situation. Treating family of origin or current conflicts is feasible, it's proven to be effective, and has helped many people who had a variety of different symptoms and challenges. Call and make your appointment today and we can get started!