Anxiety: Allison just doesn’t feel comfortable with herself, especially around other people. She doesn’t get out as much as she used to, and finds herself feeling panicky more often. She worries a lot – too much, her friends tell her. Annie wants to feel more confident. She doesn’t want to turn down invitations or miss opportunities anymore. Maybe she has an idea of where this anxiety came from (a trauma, or a betrayal of trust that she just can’t get past). Maybe she’s not sure how it crept into her life. She does know she wants a change.
Transition: Betty is facing a transition. Her job doesn’t feel as secure or rewarding as it did before, she sees the kids leaving home right around the corner, and her parents are starting to need more of her time and care. Things are changing, and she wants to be proactive instead of reactive. She’s re-evaluating who she is. Maybe this is what they call a mid-life crisis. It would just help to have someone to bounce ideas off of, someone who can tell her she’s not crazy and she’s going to come out better than ever.
Pastoral support: Carl pastors a small to medium-sized church. He’s the leader, and sets the direction for his congregation. They, and the staff, come to him with all kinds of concerns, and he does his best to support them spiritually and practically. But sometimes he needs some support, too. Confidentiality is an issue – he can’t just unload on his friends. The church hierarchy says it will provide guidance, but sometimes the bureaucracy is part of the problem.
Boundary issues: Denise finds herself getting more and more irritated – at others and at herself. She seems to be the one making the effort in her relationships. She’s the one who always says yes. She’s overburdened, and she’s starting to resent those who should be closest to her. She’s also starting to feel used. She’s snapping at people more than usual – this is not who she wants to be.
Parenting issues: Ed and Faith aren’t sure what to do about their son, George. He’s 7 years old, and full of energy. That was ok until he started school. But now there are major blowups about getting ready in the morning, and they’ve been getting phone calls from the teacher. George isn’t listening, and his behavior is disrupting the class. They’ve also noticed that George is getting more defiant at home. They love him, and they want to be good parents, but he just doesn’t listen to them.
Depression, or self-harm, or eating disorders: Holly has trouble feeling confident about herself. She’s pretty sure others are judging her, and she’s coming up short. Her family tells her she is talented and beautiful, but she can’t believe them. When she looks in the mirror, she doesn’t like what she sees. She’s started to try some things to make herself feel better, but doesn’t want anyone to know. Maybe she’s been experimenting with cutting, then making excuses about where those scabs came from. Maybe she’s stopped eating, so she’ll finally feel thin. It helps for a minute, but then the feelings come back again.
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