Natalia Gomez Carlier
Muscat Daily columnist
Natalia was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She received a degree in psychology from the Universidad de Los Andes in 1998 after completing her thesis on adolescent relationships. Natalia received a master’s in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in May 2005. She is a registered art therapist with the American Association of Art Therapy and has practiced as a psychotherapist for more than ten years. She has worked as a psychotherapist and an art therapist in Chicago, New York and Bogota. She has now joined Al Harub Medical Centre.
Adolescence is defined as a transitional period of preparation during which a child becomes an adult.
Adolescence is a time of growth, but to grow we need to let go.
Ending a relationship is a difficult task, so difficult we struggle and stumble and make a mess.
Everybody manages departures differently. Some linger and say goodbye a few times before leaving, while others are abrupt and prefer to leave without saying goodbye.
Sometimes we find that we need to let a friend go. Sometimes we need to break up with a friend in order to improve our psychological health and tranquility. Research shows that having ambivalent friendships in our life can be more stressful than having a hostile or negative relationship. Ambivalent friends are those from which we don’t know what to expect, the ones that react in surprising ways and keep us wondering if we have done something wrong. Relationship conflict causes huge stress and has an impact on our health.