Month: January 2014

Does becoming older mean losing our sense of adventure?

I recently accepted a new job opportunity as a school based therapist. Changes have always excited me in the past, I’ve embraced them and faced them head on. I love the opportunity of starting fresh, new years, new home, new job. But for some strange reason this time this change has brought new hesitation. I admit I am the kind of person that at times over analyses feelings and events in my life, this is how I got into the field of psychology. So when I received this new job offer, I attempted to analyze the reason I felt apprehensive and even nervous about accepting it. I stuck with Ockham’s Razor, which says the simplest explanation is the best explanation. And the simplest explanation for my apprehension is that by accepting this new position as a school-based therapist I am going into the unknown and the unknown is scary. Even just a year or two ago the unknown was exciting and thrilling even. But I have to take into account that I am getting older, and somehow I have …

Confessions from a Therapist: Do I make a difference?

In my position as a 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. I confess, sometimes I don’t know if I am making enough of a difference in my client’s lives. As therapists we create goals and record outcomes on a weekly basis, our job is to diminish problematic behavior, such as anti-social tendencies or danger to self. But sometimes it is discouraging to not see improvement quickly. When I reach these discouraging moments I have to remind myself, I only get an hour a week with my clients, how can I expect an hour can undo the habits and life experiences they have had for the extent of their lives? Also, when you consider the population I work with which are derived of mostly children, then maybe you could understand the difficulty of change when these children’s role models are their parents who are themselves sometimes stagnant in their emotional and psychological growth. I have had to accept …