Why am I starting this blog?
I have been working as a psychotherapist for the past fifteen years. Throughout my career, many people asked me, “What is it like to be a psychotherapist?” “Do you think of your clients’ problems outside of the office?” “Do you feel your clients’ pain?” “Can you read people’s minds?” “Does your profession help you solve problems in your own life?” Therefore, I have decided to share some of my experiences, insights, and revelations to demystify my life and my profession.
Of course, my experiences and reflections are true only to me and cannot be generalized to all psychotherapists. Not only are there more than four hundred types of psychotherapy presently practiced in the field but also – thousands of psychotherapists with different personalities, perspectives, life experiences, and beliefs. Thus, I am not trying to tell the story of a psychotherapist, only my story.
Since protecting my clients’ confidentiality is my number one ethical and legal obligation, if I choose to present a client’s story, which inspired my revelations, I will change this client’s name and disguise demographic and other personal information. Therefore, all possible similarities with a specific person may happen exclusively by chance.
Since I am originally from Ukraine and English is my third language, it is possible that my post will have occasional grammatical errors. I would like to ask my readers to kindly forgive me for them.
I plan to post regularly, at least, once a month. I welcome your comments and questions, and will try to respond to them as soon as possible.
So, I am taking a deep breath and getting started.