Month: December 2013

Confessions from a Therapist: Buying into treatment

In my position as  therapist I experience many challenges both personally and professionally, some weeks are more difficult, as well as more rewarding than others. I want to share those with you. Dealing with providing a service that’s unwanted My clients are often court ordered to receive therapy, either through the probation system or county operated systems. Therefore, as you could probably imagine they sometimes see no need for therapy and do not want me in their home. Add to that teenage hormones, can you imagine the resistance? It is difficult to move toward progress when an individual has little insight as to what they may need to improve their situation. I usually begin to introduce therapy as a necessary evil, since this is how they may see it already. I remind them going through it may be the only way of getting rid of it. I let them know I also want for them to get back to their lives uninterrupted by the systems I belong to. Sometimes this can be a good start. Got to help them find a why before they …

Hiking routes: Wildwood Canyon Park

Wildwood Canyon Park 1701 Wildwood Canyon Rd, Burbank, CA 91501  In this hectic concrete world of ours it’s nice to sometimes reconnect with the bits and pieces of nature we have left. There are so many nature treasures to enjoy around us. I don’t know if it’s the warm Southern California sun, or workout produced endorphins, but hiking is a spiritual experience for me. Spending time with nature is in turn spending time with ourselves, and maybe even with a higher power as well. Recently, I have been making an effort to go hiking more often. Three things I love about hiking is quality time with nature, it’s a great workout, and a free activity to enjoy with others.  I like that it’s a workout but doesn’t feel like much effort is being exerted at first, until you reach the middle and feel inclined to finish the hike. It’s also immediately gratifying to reach the top of the mountain and have a beautiful view waiting to take your breath away. I have also found it is a good opportunity for quality time with those that you love. …

Confessions from a Therapist: Hope

I never pictured I could be a therapist, but somehow my life always placed me in that role with my friends and family. Growing up I found myself giving everyone advice, wanted or unwanted. Seemed natural for this to be my chosen career. As a therapist I receive great satisfaction both personally and professionally from helping others make positive changes in their lives. Something I did not anticipate are the life changing lessons I would be learning from them each day. My current position requires me to provide therapy for clients in their homes and in their communities. I work with children at risk of being removed from their home, who are often below poverty level and from immigrant families. These families have experienced severe trauma and don’t have the resources to take care of their physical needs none the less their mental and emotional needs. In my position as  therapist I experience many challenges both personally and professionally, some weeks are more difficult, as well as more rewarding than others. I want to share those with you. Lesson in Hope My job is to shed a light of …

Food critic wannabe: Anniversary dinner

Disclosure to reader: I am not a professional food critic. My reviews are based on my personal experiences of local restaurants and judged with my particular palate. This series is mostly designed to encourage dining outings. Thank you Anniversary Dinner My husband and I recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary. We decided to stay local and dine in one of our favorite cities Old Town Pasadena. Old Town Pasadena also has a special place in our hearts because this is where our wedding was held. If you have not been to Old town, I highly recommend you visit. Pasadena is about 30 minutes from the San Fernando Valley going East on the 210 freeway. It is full of old charm, and the brick exposed buildings give somewhat of a 1920’s vibe to me. There are tons of places to dine and wine, great alternative to downtown LA and Hollywood. My husband and I had dinner at Sushi Roku. We had never heard of this place but they had a happy hour menu so we took a …

I’m back!

It has been one year and seven months since I wrote my last blog. One year seven months ago I had just graduated from my graduate program, turned 25 and had gotten engaged to my long term boyfriend of 5 years. Seemed as though I had reached my happily ever after….. so I got busy, too busy to write about it. I moved into our first place with my fiancé, planned a wedding bash, had two job changes, and recently my husband and I  celebrated our first wedding anniversary and have moved once again. Cant say my life has been uneventful but my inspiration for writing during this time sort of disappeared. That is the thing about inspiration, it’s a traveler and comes and goes when it pleases. Inspiration has paid me a visit once again we will see how long it decides to stay this time. Expect the following topics in the coming months: The realities about being a therapist What my parents have taught me not to do in my marriage Hiking routes in the greater Los Angeles area …