All posts tagged: reflections

Happy

In the steam that rises as I pour boiling water into my coffee cup, In my favorite song that for some reason always sounds better as I ride along in my car listening to the radio, In an unexpected smile from an unfamiliar face at the grocery store, In the satisfaction of completed tasks at the end of my work day, In the warmth of the sun as it touches my skin and wind that strokes the hair from my face as I walk to and from my car, As I cook chicken marsala and celebrate my risotto came out just right, In the amnesia induced my my favorites books, films, and t.v. shows, Those fleeing moments, barbecue with family on a warm night, sweaty beers dripping on the brass table, The discussions we have with our friends that challenge us to think differently and more deeply, In the embraces of those we love, a kiss good night, these moments that fill our hearts with joy, peace, feeling in that moment we are right where …

Morning Recluse

Morning recluse Jolt out of bed, with a new hope, possibilities then dread The day’s responsibilities run through my head. I say wait! The morning sun shines like a spot light through my kitchen window A stack of clean glimmering dishes on the kitchen sink, courtesy of my husband Wheezing sound of the tea kettle, warm sweet coffee and buttered toast served I look for a resting place on my couch; My cat looks for a resting place on my lap Outside, neighbor’s engine is starting, the sound  of car motors rushing then police sirens. I say wait! Journal in hand, book of the hour on the table, ukulele on stand by, mind is awake, inspiration alive The day will have to wait just a little longer

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. …

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 …