Therapists have many orientations to the space of therapy. Some take a more medical-approach, like symptom-reduction, or looking at things from a mental-illness/mental-health model, and may have specific training in how to diagnose, support with medication-management, etc. Some therapists take a behavioral approach, and look at the work from a place of behavioral modification–offering concrete, solution-oriented support in facilitating measurable change. Some therapists utilize creative tasks and interventions as ways to deepen, or access less conscious, more emotional parts of one’s person. All therapeutic modalities have value. All approaches are suited best to certain people’s needs. And given all that is out there, finding what works best for you, and knowing what to look for, can feel confusing! Read more
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I am a year and a half into practicing as a therapist, and just month’s into a Master’s degree, but I’m no stranger to therapy from the other side of the room. My father died when I was six, and I’ve spent my life leaning into the supportive space of therapists, each one offering something unique. One played chess with me as we talked about death at eight years old. Another gave me the gift of letting me spill the contents of my over-crowded mind at sixteen. Another, at nineteen, at the end of each session, would gently and sweetly ask what I’d like to leave behind for her to hold. Now, I feel such regard for my therapist, she is like an auntie–a person I can rely on to imbue such trust in me, I cannot help but learn more for myself. Read more
The last few months (feels like years) have been a series of constant changes in how we do pretty much everything. The biggest change for many is the new task of working completely from home during a pandemic. If you are like me, you never really planned to work from home ever! Being a therapist in-person work is what I have always wanted to do. I’ve spent many hours setting my office up to create the therapeutic space I feel is the most conducive to healing. But now, I’m lucky if I get to go into my office once a month, and I haven’t seen a client face to face in over two months.
My work/life balance has been blurred, with my boundaries needing to constantly change. Job stress is at an all-time high for most of my clients, and if I’m being honest was for me at first as well. So, how do we cope with working from home during a pandemic? Here are 10 tips to help.
If you’ve ever had a job, you’ve likely encountered some kind of job stress. Most of us aren’t in a position to choose our co-workers, our managers, or the leadership of our organization. Sometimes we don’t like projects or tasks we’re given to do. We can feel overqualified or underqualified – or that we’re just in the wrong job. Sometimes we find ourselves with a co-worker who isn’t pulling their weight or is unpleasant or uncooperative. We can feel unsupported by our manager, who may not truly understand what we have to offer or whom we may feel is underqualified for their job. Company leaders can make decisions that seem outright wrong to us, that go against our values, or that seem to elevate only them.
There are many reasons people decide to change careers: boredom, burnout, having a career that wasn’t the right fit in the first place, the desire to try something new. . . Changing careers is far more acceptable today than it was even 10 years ago. It used to be that a career change on a resumé would prompt a hiring manager to raise an eyebrow, suspicious of the reasons behind the change. Now, career changes are so commonplace that they’re almost expected. One article I found suggested that folks change careers an average of 5-7 times in their working lifetime!
Finding a job can be hard enough, but finding a job in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic can seem almost impossible. Many companies that are still open have implemented a hiring freeze, some are downsizing operations, and some have closed and may never re-open. Multitudes of folks have been laid off and are now coping with job loss. If you’re one of those that needs to find a new job, do you have to just wait and sit idly by, frustrated, until the economy opens up again? Is there anything you can or should be doing right now to find a new job? As it turns out, there is.
Why is job loss stressful?
I’ve often heard the phrase “It’s just a job” thrown around, and while that may be true in some ways, a job can represent so much to us. It’s the way we pay our bills, provide for our families, have social interactions, and often forms much of our identity. Because of these things, losing a job can be extremely stressful. In the age of COVID-19, people are losing their jobs much more frequently, and often it is entirely unexpected, but there are some things you can do to help with the psychological coping with job loss.
I’ve been wanting to write a blog post for a few weeks. This coronavirus is no joke and all along the way I’ve felt like I have something to say. But what I want to say keeps changing from day to day and sometimes from hour to hour. These past few weeks have been rough as we’ve moved into self-isolation. Read more
Everything is changing.
COVID-19 has only been circulating for a couple of months now, but it stands to change the way that people live all over the world. We have arrived at life in the time of COVID-19. People are having to change the way they work, the way they socialize, often their whole life. Change is something that most people have difficulty with anyway, but how do you cope with SO much change in so little time. Here are 5 things you can do today and keep doing to make it through this tough time. Read more