When a person is troubled by certain thoughts, feelings, or behaviors, they often seek out a friend or relative to talk to. However, some thoughts and feelings are difficult to express to others. There are subjects that by their very nature are more uncomfortable to discuss with people close to you, such as:
Conflicts with friends and relatives
Even a well-meaning friend may not be able to help you through these hard times without judgment or advice-giving.
Psychotherapy by an experienced therapist is a place where a patient can speak openly about their deepest feelings in an non-judgmental, safe, and confidential environment.
My patients tell me that they do feel safe, cared for, and able to express themselves freely, without fear of criticism.