When people come to counselling, they often want to change how they’re feeling. They feel anxious, sad, discouraged, or angry, and just don’t want to feel that way anymore. Helping people to feel better is a huge part of our work as therapists.
But emotions are more than just annoying feelings that we need to change. Our body produces these feelings for a reason. Emotions act as signals and provide us with information to help us to make decisions. Here is a list of 5 common “negative” emotions and a few of their key purposes.
Its natural to want to turn away from “negative” emotions because they don’t feel good and are uncomfortable. But remember that emotions are natural and our body’s way of signalling something to us. Pay attention to your negative emotions and don’t be afraid to lean into them – they’re there to help you out!
To learn more about emotions and how leaning into them can be helpful and healthy, contact Allison at Okanagan Clinical Counselling Services to book an appointment. She has helped many people learn how to regulate and understand their own emotional experience. OCCS has 3 locations throughout the Okanagan in Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Penticton.
This blog post was written by:
B.A. Psyc, M.Ed. Counsel
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Okanagan Clinical Counselling Services
Direct Line: 250 870 8330
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