Over the course of time that I have been in private practice, I have found myself steadily increasing the percentage of my work dedicated to first responders, veterans, and those in the helping professions (e.g. nurses, physicians, social workers, therapists). Those of you who have dedicated your careers and lives to helping others, sometimes to the detriment of your own health and wellbeing.
To put it bluntly, there are some of us who choose work that puts ourselves in harms way, whether that be physically or emotionally, and it takes a toll. For some of us, we cannot choose which call we must go on, we cannot choose which client walks through our doors or what they will say. We cannot unsee what we have seen.
No one can predict how an event or combination of events might impact them. Being impacted is not a sign of weakness and it does not equate to a disorder.
I acknowledge that for those who choose this type of work, reaching out for professional help can be extremely difficult. And sometimes that causes us to wait and assume that things will improve. We are the ones who are accustomed to helping, we are the ones who others turn to in crisis. But, we need to make sure that we are ready to take care of others. We need to be in a good place if we are to perform at our best.
In my practice I focus on resiliency and mental wellness. Together we can work towards both of these outcomes. When you are ready, I am here to listen and to work collaboratively towards reaching your goals.