Realizing there can be more than one version of reality is probably the best thing that ever happened in my journey as a clinician. That realization allowed me to look at clients as individuals and help meet them where they were at with THEIR goals instead of trying to “fix” them and teach them “the truth.”
Are hallucinations a symptom?
Are they also a part of some people’s reality?
It is naive to deny psychosis, delusions, symptoms of personality disorders, etc AREN’T a part of day to day life.
Never did I imagine people would be coming to ME asking questions about getting their degree or careers in counseling! I’m “little ole nobody.”
You’ve probably said it before. I did.
Week after week.
Month after month.
Until finally I decided to ignore or better yet reframe those negative thoughts to something positive!
I AM ME.
I AM STRONG.
IT WILL BE TOUGH, BUT SO AM I.
I CAN DO THIS.
Ever since I decided to get out of MY OWN WAY, nothing has stopped me.
Some days have been harder than others, but every. single. one of them have been worth it to get to this point.
This is the point in my life where I show that insecure, doubting girl from 2.5 years ago that SHE DID IT! 🎉
Another counselor at my office gave me a stem off her Ivy several months ago. I warned her not to. That I kill all things green, but she said she had faith in me (bad idea).
The plant quickly started to die. The three leaves it had at the time started to whither and turn brown. I knew this look as I had done it to plants before.
I sadly confessed to her what I had done and she said, “It’s feeding off your energy.” That was a little TOO holistic for me, but who was I too judge. My plants are dead. Hers are large and beautiful. She gave me some tips to revive it and I said I’d try again.
Y’ALL. I don’t know if it’s “my energy” or some small factor I may have changed, but look at this plant! 🌱🌱🌱
It’s not dead. It didn’t give up. It held in there with me through my toughest semesters and obstacles. As I start to breathe and look forward…
so does my plant.
Maybe she was on to something after all.
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