Things I Don't Take for Granted as a Psychologist
I love my work and my patients!
- •First and foremost, that I am trusted to handle someone's most vulnerable feelingsHonestly this is the biggest gift of my practice. I'm grateful every day for the opportunity to connect with somebody intimately in this way even when it's hard, or conflictual, it is still a great gift.
- •That I am constantly challenged to understand things outside of my personal compartment.I think being pushed like this has given me a much wider perspective on the world, especially when I have been challenged to understand issues of culture, gender, status, etc beyond my own experience
- •Although I don't take every patient's troubles home with me, sometimes someone is dealing with something so profound and it affects me so deeply that I find it haunts me. These are usually the cases where I seek some consultation.
- •Sometimes the work is just plain fun and enlivening. Other times the work might be drudgery but productive. You know what? Both are equally good!
- •I really appreciate being my own boss, setting my own hours, and deciding who I will or will not take on as a patient. I haven't always had this latitude but I really appreciate it
- •At this point in my career I mostly treat other therapists, psychiatrists, or physicians. I help them with their own therapy or I consult with them on their cases. Being a consultant means I have a layer of distance that is really useful. I also teach neuropsychology to graduate students and love that work as well
- •By the way, we therapists are SUPER Loco. You only become a therapist because you've got some heavy shit in your own life I thank God for the good therapy I've had in my life!!
- •Finally, I have always been grateful to have the best family in the world to come home to at the end of the day.