Ambivalence is a state of having simultaneous conflicting reactions, beliefs, or feelings towards some object (Wikipedia).
Ambivalence is common among people who seek counselling for a couple of reasons.
1. Ambivalence is uncomfortable. When people become aware the conflicts they are experiencing they often become troubled and stressed.
2. Ambivalence can lead to ineffective coping strategies. Avoidance is a common, albeit ineffective strategy for dealing with ambivalence.
If you are struggling with conflicting reactions, beliefs, or feelings a counsellor can help you work through these conflict(s), decrease avoidance, procrastination, and other maladaptive behaviors and increase motivation to resolve the conflict.