It is that time that we prepare to embark upon another week of working with our clients to provide them with the most effective therapeutic services we can.
While I would love to focus on our clients this week, I feel that it is more important that I focus more on us as clinicians and how we are feeling.
These past weeks, as most of you are aware, was a very trying time for our Country.
I know you are wondering, how does what is happening all over the world relate to as well as impact each of us as clinicians.
We find ourselves, watching the news for each possible update, focusing on the rhetoric that is being stated by the media, political figures, and even our social media friends and/or family members. We find ourselves having to deal with everyone’s feelings and emotions and at times, placing our feelings and emotions on the back-burner.
The reality is, before we are Clinicians, we are HUMANS first.
On a Personal Level:
We have to remember that in order for us to be effective within the counseling setting, we have to make ourselves our 1st PRIORITY. Take the time to really cope with your feelings regarding the situations, in a healthy manner. Seek out peers to talk to, go for a walk, mediate, pray, and even TURN OFF the TV and take a timeout.
From a clinical standpoint:
While it is easy to form an opinion on what is taking place in the world, what have to be mindful to not allow such to distort our perceptions and hinder our ability to maintain a non-bias stance when working with our clients, regardless of their beliefs, behaviors, affiliations, etc. We never know who we will face as clients and that we are “CATALYST for CHANGE”.
I can only imagine how each of you may be feeling, as I too have my own feelings. Lets remember to take care of ourselves during such times in the world and empower others to do the same. Let’s be the example that others strive to become.
We are CATALYST for CHANGE!!!!!!!!!