Telling Your Story
Maya Angelou, one of my favorite writers, once said: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” I believe this, which is one reason that I became a therapist–there are few things more important or fascinating than someone’s story. Our stories are formed over time, simmering and bubbling beneath the surface like a rich, flavorful stew. Stories, like any great stew, have many ingredients. Our family attitudes and earliest experiences, our relationships, our work, our triumphs and our traumas. Our stories guide us throughout our lives, informing how we do almost everything…from brushing our teeth to choosing a partner. Good therapy encourages us to tell our stories in a safe, supportive environment, offering us the opportunity to explore and understand them more deeply, to make sense of them and to see how they have influenced how we think, feel and act in everyday life.