In the midst of the planning, preparation, celebration, and hustle and bustle of the holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year) season there are opportunities to assess and assert our overall sense of wellbeing. However, our own sense of worth and value can get sidelined as we prepare meals, host guests, and search for the “perfect” gifts for loved ones all while hoping, sometimes quietly, that we’ll be gifted what we want and need most. In light of this, I’d like to suggest that you consider gifting yourself this year! Yes, that’s right, giving yourself a gift, not the usual tangible, wearable, drivable gift, but a gift that is focused solely on you and what matters most to you.
The other day, I heard a colleague say, “Therapy is the only space where two people are completely focused on one” this is indeed the gift of therapy— scheduled time set aside where you are the focus! In a call from a potential client, she said, “well, to be honest, there’s nothing wrong… I want to schedule a well visit… like when you see the doctor for a checkup, not because something is wrong”. She likened it to car maintenance or service suggesting that we don’t usually wait until the car is in disrepair or in need of a full overhaul before we visit the mechanic. I commended the potential client for her proactive stance on maintaining her mental and emotional health and for seeing the value of her wellness before there is an issue or cause for concern.
As you make your list and check it twice, I encourage you to consider the gift of therapy— for yourself, as a well visit checkup/maintenance; to address an identified challenge or issue, or to explore patterns of the past that impact your present life and relationships. I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you to determine how we can collaborate to enhance your personal sense of wellbeing.