It’s funny to tell people about our “new” private practice. Though we are just opening our doors in August, for Kariah and I our practice feels like an old friend. The time, conversations over coffee, sleepless nights, and planning have brought us to this point. Through this process over the past several years I often find myself reflecting on the myriad of emotions running through me at any given time usually all at once, excitement, nervousness, feeling small, hopeful, encouragement, and yes even discouragement. Change is good right? So why all the nervous energy? What I am constantly reminded of and come back to every time without fail is that change is hard. Really hard. Even change that we desperately want. Stepping out into the unknown believing that somehow there will be a place to land is scary.
I often think back over my years of providing therapy with incredible, resilient people. Being part of their life even if for a short time, helping them make the changes they want in their life is what we do. I spend a lot of my professional life at this juncture with clients. I am mindful that this is all a parallel process for us opening our practice and the clients we see. Starting something new, unknown, making changes for the better, going out on a limb, knowing that the road we have travelled, though not always smooth or direct has brought us to this point. Time to put one foot in front of the other and move forward.
So here we go. Kariah and I are putting one foot in front of the other. We invite you to do the same. If needed, know that we are here to help you find a place to land. Here’s to being courageous and making changes.
“Things do not change; we change.” Henry David Thoreau