Well, that depends on who you ask. Over the course of my career, I have worked in several environments and I have learned a lot about different treatment styles. Sometimes, this is because of the therapist’s actual education. Sometimes, this is because of their philosophy on treatment. Sometimes, this is dictated by the agency/practice that they work in.
However, the overall goal of therapy, in my opinion, is to give the client a safe space to discuss things that are causing them to have problems within their own lives in a judgment free environment. It is also to help them find ways and means to get their needs met mentally, emotionally, and, on occasion, spiritually. During my career, I have seen people from all walks of life, but each of them has been in need of support for their life.
When we end the stigma associated with therapy and mental health, we will be better equipped to engage in better communication without fear. I am on a mission to end the stigma associated with mental health, therapy, and the helping professions.
I encourage you to help me end this stigma by sharing this or any of my posts and allowing open communication with your friends and family.
DON'T TREAT YOUR CELL PHONE BETTER THAN YOU TREAT YOURSELF.
We are living in a technologically driven world. And for the most part, this leads to convenience and in some cases, a sense of security. However, there has been some consequential fallout with this convenience and security.
One of these consequences is that we have had a shift in values. This is the major focus of this post. Hence. the title. With the convenience that cell phones have given us, there is also a price, both figuratively and literally. Many of us have newer more technologically advanced devices with cameras, high speed connectivity, and a whole host of valuable information. And it is a great device.
If someone would have told me in my teen years that we would have a computer, a calculator, a camera, and a world of information in our back pocket, I probably would have tried to slap some sense into them. Because that sounds absolutely INSANE! But here we are in the 2020s with just that. Not only is it here, but it is the norm to possess such a device. Many of these devices have a hefty price to them, costing hundreds of dollars.
So we are compelled to protect them, and rightfully so. We have to charge them and condition their batteries. We put on shock-resistant cases and bulletproof screen protectors on them. We keep them away from water, heat, and cold. Without all of this protection and charging, our phones would become nothing more than expensive paperweights. This is where we go from the literal to the figurative.
We put a lot of work into protecting this very useful, and some may argue, necessary piece of equipment, but I have a question. How much of that type of effort is put into ourselves? What do we do to protect ourselves? What do we do to recharge and condition our own batteries? What do we do to keep the toxicity away from ourselves?
My closing note is this.
The phone is replaceable, but you are not.
When I was a child, in the 70s, it was common for children with board-straight hair to get perms. This was a real thing…Google it…LOL. So, as a good child of the 70s, I had a few perms.
I am a very laidback woman. I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker, and I have been in practice in the fields of mental health and substance abuse for over 15 years. I love what I do and I have a passion for helping to end the stigma associated with mental health.