How does that make you feel?
That's the quintessential joke we make about therapists, right? Always asking us about our feelings! While Dan, Justin, and I do so much more than inquire about our client's emotions, it's also the case that how someone relates to their feelings is often a huge factor in why and how they experience the challenges that bring them into therapy in the first place. We're given all sorts of misinformation about what we're supposed to do with the more difficult emotions like sadness, anger, fear, and guilt, and those less-healthy approaches to managing feelings can cause us distress.
Here is a brief description of the role of emotions that may help ...