Whose Life is This Anyway?

Anyone who works with people, be it physical health, emotional/mental health or spiritual health, has to be very aware that they can get caught up in the drama that is many people’s lives. We spend most of our days listening to the litany of complaints people have and the disappointments, fears and problems associated with…

What are you thankful for this year?

As the holidays approach, many people are focused on the negative.  They are lamenting how bad things are and how much they want, but don’t have.  I deal with this with, not just clients, but family and friends. I suggest to people to take inventory of their lives.  How many friends do they have?  How…

How can I help?

This is how I start many of my sessions.  And it can seem a bit misleading at times, because ultimately, I can only help clients help themselves.  I had a session recently where a young couple was in my office and the wife asked me, “Why are we here?  You can’t fix this.” That was…

Why did you get into this field?

Have you ever asked yourself, “What am I doing?” because you’re feeling frustrated?  I always suggest to others in this area that they go back and recall what got them into the behavioral health profession in the first place. If you got into this field to “make a lot of money”, then you may find…

I am Not an Expert on You

As a member of the behavioral health profession, there are many times when people come into my office so that I can impart knowledge/wisdom to them and they can go forth and be better.  And then they get the bad, although accurate news, I am not an expert on you.  I cannot know everything about…

Whose responsibility is this?

In a previous post, I talked about Focus Pocus.  One of the issues that is part of this approach is clearly defining responsibility and who is actually responsible for an issue, behavior, event, feeling, etc. Have you ever noticed that when people are taking responsibility for something that doesn’t belong to them, they are very…

What have You done for YOU lately?

The purpose of this blog is to provide support for other people in the behavioral health field.  Most of us have gone in to this area because we have an innate desire to help others.  Sadly, that often means we don’t take good care of ourselves. Do you tend to put your clients, family, job,…