I became a counselor back in the early 90’s because I wanted to help people. It’s 25+ years later and I still want to help people, but in that time, I have changed. I have had a number of life events, both good and bad, that have helped reshape how I view things. I am sure if we all look at where and how we were 10, 15, 20 years ago, we would all see that we have changed in some ways. That is all part of the life process.
One of the most significant changes I have found in myself is my interest in complementary therapies. I have always had an interest in meditation, Reiki, essential oils, etc. My husband became a Reiki master back in early 2000 and we used to see a lady who was using oils in the 90’s before it became more mainstream. The interest has been around for as long as I can remember.
Here we are in 2017 and, in part, because of my life experiences (personal and professional), I am a Reiki master, I teach meditation and I encourage people to explore things like acupressure/acupuncture, essential oils or other areas that are complementary approaches to healing mind/body/soul. Many of these things have been around for centuries, they aren’t new, but we look at them as new because they are new to us.
I still firmly believe that counseling helps people because I have seen it over the years. As I have grown,I understand that counseling is only 1 avenue to help people and I have added other areas into what I am able to offer people to help them on their life journey. This allows me to reach and, hopefully, help more people improve their life quality.
I was inspired to write this because I want to encourage everyone to have an open mind and be willing to explore other options when looking for ways to improve your life and your health(emotional, mental and physical). These complementary approaches will not/do not replace traditional counseling or medicine, but have been shown to enhance those modalities. Plus, not everyone wants or needs counseling, but may benefit from Reiki or accupressure. And I find that learning more and adding to my skill set allows me to reach more people and, hopefully, help them improve the quality of their lives.
One last thought: when we help others, we are also helping ourselves. When we help ourselves, we are better able to help others. Helping is a good way to improve everyone’s life!