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“In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
Growth is a universal and important function for all living things. All life starts with a single cell, but the process of growth differs for each being. In some organisms growth can be drastic for example an egg that births a caterpillar that later transforms into a butterfly. In other instances growth might be a more gradual process like when a seed develop into a plant that grows taller and stronger with flourishing conditions. The growth process can be both positively influenced through optimal conditions such as adequate nourishment or negatively impacted by extreme weather conditions.
As humans, we too are in a constant growth and development process, both physically, emotionally and spiritually. As with all living forms, various factors can promote or hinder these processes. Psychological growth can mean different things to different people. For some it may mean greater freedom to do what they want and pursue their interests. Others may seek to understand themselves better, develop their personal capacities or experience new things while other’s seek to overcome negative experience and becoming resilient. Therapy provides a safe space to encourage growth in that it cultivates your inner potential and facilitates effective coping strategies in challenging times.