I've been hearing many comments lately on how hard my job must be, how people do not envy me and how they could NEVER do what I do.
I find this so interesting because there are so many days I go to my office and leave feeling like I didn't work at all. I absolutely love learning from my clients, about my clients and about their challenges.
I love having that genuine human connection with them while walking alongside them in the good, bad and ugly that life brings. I'm a believer that you can only really appreciate the highs of life when you've moved through the lows.
As your therapist, I think all my clients are incredible for coming to therapy. They're being open about many painful and vulnerable things while in search of bettering themselves and their families and finding more fulfillment and peace of mind. I deeply value the honesty and hard work brought forth in the therapy room or your bedroom during quarantine;) I believe having these conversations help you live a truly meaningful life.
This is what often goes through my mind as I sit and listen
I wish you could see your worth beyond any decisions or perceived flaws you have. I want to help you see past any diagnoses or labels you have taken on
I wish I could reduce your pain and suffering
Someone else is sharing the same struggle
There is nothing wrong with you, you are human
Please be kinder to yourself
I wish you had reached out sooner
You probably already know the answer to your question
I believe in your ability to grow, adapt and make the right decision for yourself and your life
I can relate to some of your challenges much more than you would probably ever believe
Real conversation is where it’s at. There's so much joy that comes from looking for the good in people, appreciating their quirkiness and showing them unconditional positive regard.
Therapy gives me perspective and a new way to look at humanity. As humans, we are all much more alike than we realize. We all have blind spots and don't know why something is happening in our lives, possibly over and over. Therapy helps you see your own blind spots.
So thank you to every single one of my clients over the years. I have learned more about humanity, compassion and connection in 10 short years than many people will experience in a lifetime.