This quote from the great author Maya Angelou really speaks to me. There is a fundamental need for us to be heard and understood. From the earliest humans' cave paintings to the present day's social media explosion, people have felt the need to tell their stories. As a counsellor, I am privileged to experience the power of my clients' unburdening themselves and sharing their deepest thoughts and feelings, often for the first time. The act of telling our 'untold stories' can help us not only in the sense of the release or 'catharsis' we experience, but also in that by voicing them, they can somehow be grasped more easily, taken hold of, and ultimately reframed such that we are in control and they are no longer controlling our lives.