Why Therapy?

Why do we need or seek therapy?
There are times in our lives when we become overwhelmed, and nothing seems to make sense or have meaning anymore. Sometimes we notice this for ourselves, and sometimes others let us know. These overwhelming issues in life might be in the form of invasive thoughts that upset our daily routines, feelings in our bodies that will not be ignored as they keep drawing our attention to them, problems in our relationships with family, friends or loved ones, or even school and workplace colleagues. 
When problems become chronic and interfere with our daily living, a sense of foreboding or anxiety can pervade our being, a place where a person feels isolated from the very people they wish to be with. 
The internal conflict that can arise when attempting to resolve our problems affects the way we make decisions for ourselves. 
Sometimes we find relief from our feeling states in behaviours that affect us and the people around us very deeply, maybe in eating too much or too little, drinking alcohol or drug taking, which we then even risk our closest relationships. 
From conception onwards we accrue life experiences, we make conclusions about how our needs are met, or not met. In other words we learn to adapt to our world of relationships, and to the people who fill our needs from a very early age. At times when we are older, particularly when under stressful situations, our early adaptations to current emotional events can come out before we can reflect on their possible outcomes, leaving us exposed to feeling shame. Our lives are very complex, coloured by our culture. Society supports the ideal of a self supporting person that can look after themselves, but in reality this can lead to anxiety and depression.