The Earth has awakened from the rest and recovery of winter, and for many spring has arrived.
For many increased daylight after work/school has led to enjoying outdoor activities or fresh air in the evenings. For others, their bodies and minds have awakened to the opportunities of renewal and fresh beginnings.
From my vantage point, two divergent things are commonly observed. My clients from the fall or winter are doing better, or have decreased the need to see me. Others are struggling with the forthcoming life transition: end of a school year, graduation, addition of a new family member, the end of a relationship, etc.
Whether you are on spring break, spring cleaning, in a period of reflection, or observing Lent- a new season is upon us.
What are you still holding onto from 2016?
What goals do you want to start in Q2?
What obstacles prevent you from progressing?
What supports do you need in this season of life?
Over the years there are common questions that I get asked prior to setting up our 1st appointment, or questions that come up during the future sessions. Some questions relate to logistics, others could be more personal. Typically with younger clients they like to ask me personal questions.
A guiding principle that I try to abide by is to not disclose personal information about myself with a client, especially if it’s not relevant to the focus of our time together.
In my personal life, often times people will ask how I became a counselor. I usually share that my intentions going into college were to go into physical therapy while majoring in psychology. Well, it turns out that the pre-PT science classes and I did not get along, but, go figure, I had no problems in my neuroscience classes. So I made the decision to let go of PT, and fully explore what my options were, which led me to social work. My original goal had been to help people recuperate from physical injuries. For the past ten years, I’ve been helping people achieve a different kind of healing, and also to maximize their potential, transform, and find answers/solutions. Read the rest of this entry »