All posts tagged: psychology

Confessions from a therapist: Work-life balance

Confessions from a therapist: Work-life balance 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. In my field it is emphasized that in order to be able to achieve a work, life balance one must be able to separate from work at the end of the day. I find it difficult do this seamlessly. I mean I am not building a table I can leave behind. Or leaving the hammer that helped me build it, because I am the hammer, The therapist is the most important tool of the therapy process. I’ve come to understand that a therapist is most effective when they are present in the room with their client, authentic, and compassionate. In part a job of a therapist is to respond to the client’s concerns that week, which requires minute to minute decisions about what to say and do that is at the best interest of the client. …

Confessions from a Therapist: Do therapists need therapists?

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 think this has been a running joke among layman people, they may think to themselves if the therapists needs a therapists than we are all hopeless. But it’s true there is no way around it, everyone needs a little assistance sometimes. I went to my first therapy session as a professional therapist yesterday. I felt compelled to write about it because frankly even I could admit it is quite comical. I had a session with one of my client’s at 5pm, and I was scheduled to meet with my therapist at 6pm in the floor above me. So as I finished my session as a therapist, I ran upstairs to see mine. I confess I felt some hesitation to announce that I see a therapist even to my friends and family nevertheless a public social medium. But I know that if I want …

Confessions from a Therapist: Burnout!

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’ve reached the 5th week at my NEW position as a School-based therapist and I have to say I am really enjoying it. At my new position I am being reminded why I chose to be in this field, which previously I had not been so sure about. Here is my confession this week, when I started this blog series a couple of months ago “Confessions from a Therapist” I was burnt out. I didn’t even feel like writing about my experiences but I did it partially, because it seemed as though I was getting some public interest in my blog through that series. Also I wrote because I so badly needed to remind myself of the silver-lining of my position. The truth about my last position is that it was hard, I experienced something known  in our field as “vicarious trauma”, and I considered not …

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 …

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 …

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 …