All posts tagged: self-care

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. …

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 …