Finding Forgiveness

Dr. Erika Holiday's Blog

The notion of forgiveness comes up often in treatment. In fact, I think it is one of the hallmarks of the work that I do. Often people seek help because they are having difficulty forgiving someone who has wronged them and need assistance forging through the difficult terrain to ultimately reach forgiveness.

Reaching the point of forgiveness is not easy and many people stay stuck in a place of bitterness, anger and pain. Many people seek treatment because they want to feel validated that another person has hurt them. When I tell them that after the emotions have been worked through that a place of forgiveness needs to be achieved people are often dumbfounded. It would be so much easier to just stay in a place of being the victim but that is a road to nowhere.

Forgiveness does not mean that the person who has wronged you is off…

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