Guilt is defined by Merriam-Webster as feelings of deserving blame, especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy and a feeling of deserving blame for offenses. Guilt does not always come from events that actually took place. It can manifest through imagined situations as well. A local counselor can help you overcome your feelings of guilt through therapy.
Where Does Guilt Come From
Guilt is an emotion related to a sense of right and wrong. There are many circumstances in which guilt could inevitably follow. It could come from a decision we made that hurt someone or affected them in a negative way, or it could originate from a “what if” situation, such as running a red light. Thank goodness no one got hurt, but what if we had hit someone? Our mind then goes down a rabbit hole, and we could feel guilty over something that “could” have happened. Another common association with guilt is survivor’s guilt.
How Can Therapy Help?
Because guilt is connected with a moral code, sometimes just talking through your feelings about the circumstances surrounding the guilt is enough to help you feel better. However, when guilt has become such a weight that it affects your self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, it’s time for you to seek out a local counselor. Through therapy, you will learn what factors contribute to your guilt. Once those are identified, your counselor will then guide you through the process of acceptance and forgiveness.
Garrett Counseling is Here For You
You do not have to carry the burden of guilt alone. Speak with one of our compassionate local counselors at Garrett. Contact us at (256) 239-5662 or fill out the online form here to schedule an appointment at one of our three locations, Huntsville, Albertville / Boaz, or Jacksonville! To serve you better, we offer teletherapy and in-person visits.