As I reflect on this past year of 2020; I am finding myself constantly challenged in my personal and professional life. As a therapist it is very unusual to be experiencing the same stressful events that my clients are also in the throws of. It has added a new level of stress but also a whole new level of personal and professional growth. We often impart to clients that real growth takes place in moments of discomfort and when the need to change is obvious. This year has brazenly offered many moments of discomfort and has forced all of us to grow in ways we never imagined.
I would have thought that reflecting on the challenges and pain people around the world are experiencing would have left me in a place of despair. Surprisingly, I am discovering that I am feeling a rush of gratitude like never before. Specifically, I am so grateful for the work I do as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
This year has me honoring my position and respecting the strength of the human spirit in a whole new way. I have always found my work rewarding and have always experienced a feeling of awe as people entrust me with holding space for their most vulnerable experiences, thoughts and feelings. This year more than any other I have witnessed a whole new level of people reaching out for help and support and taking long hard looks at the things causing discomfort. COVID-19 has intensified the level of distress we experience and has offered us an opportunity not to just adapt to a new way of living but to also look at many of the things that lead to poor mental health.
I appreciate the raw honesty I hear in sessions, seeing clients show up session after session their behavior communicating a deep motivation towards personal healing and growth. I am astonished at the courage people are showing in the face of so much adversity. I am grateful and inspired by the resiliency my clients show me every day. I am challenged to become a better therapist and person and for that I am eternally grateful. I am reminded of a quote from Leo Tolstoy, “There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail, there is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.” To those I work with thank you for sharing that light with me and for those looking for support in your healing process, I would be honored to be part of your journey.
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