Counseling and Support for Issues with Forgiveness

Often times past disappointments or resentments in relationships can lead to communication problems, undermines trust, prevents clarity and creates an environment of rage and despair. Forgiveness applies to any situation in which a person feels wronged, has resentment toward another, and so forth. Forgiveness does not mean you approve of or accept a wrong doing. Forgiving allows you to release the negative energy that is affecting you so that you can move forward in your relationships. Some of the benefits of learning to forgive are healthier relationships, great emotional, psychological and physical health, decreased anxiety, stress and hostility, better coping skills, and fewer depressive symptoms.

Forgiveness is not unique just to forgiving others. Many times, forgiveness of one’s own self is necessary. As one’s own worst critic, we tend to be very hard on ourselves. Forgiveness is the conclusion of those destructive feelings toward someone else, making peace with the situation that caused the anger or other negative emotion(s) toward another or oneself. Letting go of bitterness and/or grudges not only allows for more productive living, but also opens the doors to healthier or renewed relationships, less hostility and stress, greater psychological and spiritual well-being, less symptoms of anxiety and depression, less risk of substance and alcohol abuse and increased physical health.

Learning forgiveness is easier said than done. Therapy can be very effective in helping you either learn to forgive others or forgive yourself.