I love being a therapist. It's something I guess is just in my bones because, for reasons I cannot necessarily explain, I see myself as a philosopher first and foremost. Yes I know, "philosopher" sounds a bit hoity-toity, like I'm comparing myself to the likes of Socrates or Nietzsche, but this isn't what I mean.
I mean "philosopher" in the literal sense: someone who has a love (philo) of wisdom (sophos). Not only am I driven by my love of wisdom, but I consider these two qualities--love and wisdom--to be the two most important topics of focus in counseling.
Part of the beauty in being a therapist, for me, is not only that I get to spend my time thinking about the nature, causes and remedies to diverse forms of human suffering, but that I get to do so along with others. As a therapist, I'm continuously challenging myself to cultivate my own wisdom, while sharing the insights I've gathered with those who come to me for guidance.
If you come to me for counseling, expect the unexpected. You will hear things you've never heard before, for I have no interest in telling you what others can tell you. My goal is to be the voice that has yet to be offered. Working together, you will discover how to alleviate your own suffering and better respond to the suffering of others. You will gain new skills and tools to positively transform your life and relationships through communication techniques, intentional decision-making, self-awareness, relational generosity, and the complete exercise of your own freedom. You will understand that your own past, as well as the past of others, is only barely relevant, and that what truly matters instead is the future we are all creating right now, in the ever-unfolding present.
In therapy, we look forward. We create. We build. We nurture. We grow. And we do these things continually, with wisdom and with love.