I believe the goal of therapy is to feel seen and understood. Our life experiences help shape our worldview-our thoughts, our feelings, our behaviors. This particular lens, in turn, informs how we interpret-and thereby make meaning-of our identities, our relationships, our place in the world (how we write our story). But how are we to safely discover our own personal truths and new spheres of freedom in a society that pressures us to appear constantly happy? It is an injunction that exacts a heavy toll because we are searching for meaning in a world that does not allow us full expression. And so we must give ourselves that permission: thinking allowed. Thinking Aloud. Only then can we rewrite and retell our individual stories in a way that makes sense and can be useful in the present. When a person feels whole in this way, the world will feel like a better fit, thereby increasing our capacity to engage in meaningful work, play and love.