So now that I'm seeing clients in therapy I thought it would be prudent to go out shopping with the wife for "therapist clothes." What do therapist clothes look like you ask?? Well not really sure but I went on a mission. Fortunately I did have some luck!
I bought this outfit right off the mannequin. I thought it was very "therapist"
I thought this would put my clients at ease at very stressful times..
Because sometimes asking the right questions is the answer.
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
Which is worse, failing or never trying?
If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They
all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your
friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?
If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Would you break the law to save a loved one?
Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Things have been crazy/good/busy.
The number of clients I'm seeing keeps expanding each week. The research assistant work I'm doing is starting to kick into high gear, and assignments are starting to come due in my classes. I forgot I was in classes..
So why all the sudden do I get hit with a bout of anxiety/sadness/loss of confidence?
Physician heal thyself. Well, I've been trying that for years to no avail.
Good thing I have MY therapy today. But at the end of the day, it probably ain't going to save me..
I still remember a moment in my undergrad when I asked one of my instructors whom I respected, how I would be able to do grad school when I owned a successful business that would get in the way of the time I would need to complete a program successfully. She told me, "if you really want to do it you'll find a way."
By the way, It took me 10 years of going to school at night to get my BA in Psychology.
Then the time came when it was more painful not to go to grad school then it was to go.
I went to my business partners a year and a half ago and told them I was going to exit the business and go back to school. That didn't go over to well..
I started the Clinical Psychology program at Pepperdine University in Jan of 2009. It set you up to be a Marriage & Family Therapist. I was thrilled.
Up to this point there had always been a tiny nagging voice that would ask me if I really did the right thing? Why was I leaving a successful business to make no money for several years? Would it be everything you thought it would be? Would you be any good at it? Will it be a total disaster?
This week I met with my first two clients. Without going into any detail it was 10 minutes into my first client when I knew everything I had done up to this point was worth it. All the work, the risks, the doubts. It was one of the most trans formative experiences of my life. I was bursting at the seems.
I guess I now know what it feels like to "do something you love and it doesn't feel like work." I am still on cloud nine.
Thank you for taking this journey with me. I can't wait to see what happens next.
In case you're interested I officially changed my linkedin profile. I was smiling while reading it. See below:
I am currently an MFT Trainee working under the supervision of
Pepperdine University faculty and other licensed mental health
professionals providing psychological services that are founded on the
highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.
The Pepperdine Community Counseling Center provides quality
psychological services in a caring and humane environment. Our clinical
services are available to individuals, couples, and families who are
struggling with a variety of challenges, including:
* Marital and relationship problems
* Domestic intimidation
* Behavioral problems of children and adolescents
* Attention/academic problems of children
* Single-parenting issues
* Blended or step-family issues
* Individual and family adjustment to chronic illness
* Grief Resolution
* Family treatment of alcohol and substance misuse
* Stress and lifestyle management
* Postpartum Distress
* Specific concerns of aging
I do want to lose weight and get healthier and eat healthier and do more positive things for my spirit.
Is that so bad?
I also have friends who want to do the same thing.
They say accountability and goal setting is the key. So my friend Courtney and I started a new blog. It's really just for us but if you would like to find some inspiration or motivation for your own fitness journey come on over. Or if you just like to watch people suffer that's cool too.
And we would always like you to participate with us if you feel so inclined. Grab a bike or a pair of running shoes, it's that easy.
Here's an example of what you'll find on the new blog. Enjoy: