There are various reasons why people choose to enter therapy. For some, the choice to see a doctor or therapist emerges slowly as they recognize their ability to function in life is either not where they want it to be, or is deteriorating. Their coping mechanisms, those routines they rely on to function, begin to break down as they become overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, trauma or despair. Still, others seek therapy from a more positive place and might be more interested in self-exploration. The challenge of therapy is to unblock and unburden issues that may be getting in the way of a healthy life and meaningful relationships. Therapy is an opportunity to express feelings, analyze thinking patterns and perspectives, and become more attuned to relationships, all in a safe trusted environment.