Over my years as a therapist I have encountered many struggles in the clients who seek me out. I have found that there are themes to these struggles and the healthy movements that accompany them. I have laid them out below in a simple format, as some may find this helpful:
Major life changes/decisions~
Mobilizing, planning, and acting.
Illness--chronic or acute~
Rethinking one's purpose.
Interpersonal relationship difficulty and pain~
Flexing for closeness, drift, and distance.
Attunement and intimacy~
Seeking a deeper joining capacity of spirit and self.
Loss, grief, sorrow~
Nurturing the soul into strength.
Stress, stress, stress~
Balancing or adapting to the "unbalanceable".
Alienation, emptiness, disconnectedness~
Finding meaning, belonging, and worth.
No sense of direction~
Mapping old and new paths.
Emotional intensity, instability, or mutedness~
Inventing dialogues with depression, anxiety, anger, etc
Living in the past~
Healing toward rewriting one's present and future (trauma, abuse, other...).
Defining oneself truthfully, holding firm, and pressing forward.