My clients come into therapy seeking relief from years of suffering from anxiety, anger, guilt, hopelessness, helplessness, or emptiness. They carry these pains like a thorn in their side, reacting to external events that brush against it reminding them of this great pain. They change relationships, jobs, & cities, but the pain keeps following them. Despite their attempts to avoid feeling it by distracting themselves with relationships, affairs, alcohol/drugs/gambling, professional pursuits, and other external targets, the thorn & the pain remain. They find relief by removing the thorns within, which relieve pain long-term.