Serving Western MA, Springfield, Northampton and Amherst, MA, Brattleboro, VT, and the Pioneer Valley, with telephone counseling, nation-wide, LifeCourse Counseling Center, and all its therapists, affirm all sexual orientations and gender identities, and celebrate the rich diversity that exists among people of all ethnic, racial and class backgrounds.

While life can be full of joy and happiness, it is also hard.  There are many challenges that are assured.  All people will at least from time to time have some difficulty and most people in their lifetime will suffer to varying degrees.  Being human is difficult.

Throughout life there are many developmental challenges; growing up, developing a relationship to oneself and others, seeking meaningful work, friends, family and partnerships.  Establishing these in fulfilling and satisfying ways is not always easy.  We can all experience frustration.  Things do not always go as planned.

Even the best things in life eventually bring challenges.  Having a good job or relationship, enjoying good health, establishing financial stability, etc, it does not last forever.  Loss is a natural part of life.  Of course, this too, is very challenging and very painful.

In a world full of competition, when people do not always treat one another well or with respect, it makes life hard. There is dissension between nations;  war, poverty and violence. It is no wonder this distress affects communities, families, couples and individuals.

Some people think it is a weakness to have trouble with some challenge, or even worse think it is weak to need help.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Being social creatures, we live in relation to others.  Every human needs help from time to time.

Friends and family are so very important in helping us through life.  Sometimes, however they are not enough. Psychotherapy provided by a professional therapist can offer additional insight, perspective and guidance through the rough spots.  Regardless of what anyone says, counseling is a courageous step that does not mean sickness.  Instead it is a self caring step towards wholeness and health.