Hi! I am finally joining the awesome blogging community as a way to connect with other mental health clinicians as well as provide valuable insight that I hope you all enjoy reading/following along. I am have been counseling for 13 years and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of NC. As a generalist for many years I have “seen it all,” but have narrowed my focus to treating mostly trauma in adults for the past few years. I enjoy providing direct care and have been part of a group practice for many years. But, now I’m branching out and working on projects (like this!) that add another element of passion and fun to my vocational life.
When I’m not in the office, I am momming 2 wonderful boys & doing life with my husband for almost 21 years. (gulp!) I am not sure how that happened but I heard recently that the “days are long but the years are short.” We enjoy family tennis, family golf, and other outdoor activities that normally involve dirt, sports equipment or some form of running around in a wild array of movements. If you’re also a mom to boys (and like minded girls too!) then you know what I mean by that.
This is us at church on Easter this year with our best friends who are taking the picture. I’m side eyeing someone. Our youngest is being silly. Our eldest is being sucked in by the silliness. And my husband is the only one ready for his photo to be taken. This picture just about sums up our daily life.
Our parenting journey has been probably similar to most suburban families. They are 4 and 10 and are growing their identities. It’s exciting to watch that process as we hold up the bumpers so they avoid major negative consequences and make it safely into adulthood.
I grew up mostly in TX but visited AR frequently to see grandparents and extended family. I showed pigs in the Houston 4H livestock show and we often drove across the Hernando de Soto bridge in Memphis after we moved to VA when I was in 6th grade.
I’ve lived in NC since 1995 and I think this is now my home (although if you’re from TX, then you will always feel like that’s “home”).
I don’t know about y’all but raising a family, working as a mental health counselor and nurturing your self/loved ones can be quite the balancing act. I have a few blog posts lined up that speak to clinical issues as well as self care ideas. At 41, I really am aware of the short time that I have with my limber joints and descending estrogen levels. I heard in a movie once that the best kept secret of adulthood is that you age over time but still feel like you’re 19 inside. Oh my word, is that so true. So, wellness has become a big part of my life these days as I figure out how to make my knees last and my energy up in order to keep up with our busy boys.
I hope you’ll follow along with my posts. My first topic will be how to LOVE your clients. Yep, I said it. L-O-V-E. It’s a dicey word. A trigger word. A deep word. Or even a shallow overused word for some. Love, like beauty, means different things to different folks. I want to explore that process, emotion and decision in my inaugural post coming soon. I hope you’ll join me on this adventure as I share my clinical knowledge and discuss your feedback in this venue.
Thanks for reading...and much love to you today.