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Therapists Need Therapists, Too!

Are you a #mentalhealthprofessional ? #socialworker ? #mentalhealthcounselor ? #Psychiatrist #psychologist #schoopsychologist ? #NursePractitioner ? Anyone who works in the field of mental health is welcome to join! Also welcome to join if you would like to hear about what it’s like to work as a #moderntherapist during the pandemic and how #Burnout affects us all.


Invisible Army

This is a love letter to all the 53 million family caregivers out there. XOXO HZ
Dear “Invisible Army”,
As we approach National Family Caregiver Month I want you to know I am here for you.
I am your advocate, defender, and non-judgemental friend you may lean on.
I hear your secret cries in the shower, cars, and bathroom stalls alone.
I understand the frustration and sadness of what was and what is.
I see YOU when you are in the shadows and behind the scenes making sure your loved ones have the spotlight as you find your light fading.
All 53 million of you.
I feel your isolation, pain, guilt, shame, and loss of self.
I share in your triumph of having 15 minutes alone.
I grant you grace when you are barely treading water.
I will emphasize self-compassion for you are only human.
I will breathe with you when the doctor brushes you off, because how could you who are on the clock 24/7 and deal with crisis after crisis on a daily basis possibly know what is going on with your loved one when you didn’t choose to go into this field.
I will advocate for you when work questions “Again? Didn’t something just happen?” Yes, I will say with you and say yes it did just happen and it will happen again and again and thank you for the support and shared understanding.
I will not apologize anymore with you for the chaos that is ours and embrace it.
I hand you my voice to advocate for yourself.
I give permission to you to start putting boundaries so you may find your joy again.
I empower you to dig into your trauma and acknowledge your grief.
I will hold this safe space for you to begin your forgiveness journey of self and others.
I gift you light and love to fill the cracks of your broken heart and spirit so you may begin to rebuild both to become stronger and greater.
I laugh with you at the healing power of dark humor.
I will challenge you to find the beauty in this brutal life we lead.
I will gladly conduct this hot mess express and advance us into the light.
I want you to know I am here for you.
I am your advocate, defender, and non-judgemental friend you may lean on.
One of Fifty-three million.
#Disability #thanksgiving2018 #caring #agere #seniorcare #Dementia #seniorliving #griefsupport #SafeSpace #socialworker #ageregression #families #sfwlittlespace #ddlb #patient #littlespacecommunity #firstaid #Caregiving #babycore #Caregivers #patientcare #elderlycare #assistedliving #eldercare #alzheimersawareness #ageregressioncommunity #ageregressionsfw #onlinecounselling #homehealthcare #Caregiversupport #nationalfamilycaregiver

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I think I finally know what I want to do when I grow up.. even though I’m already grown up.. It’s never too late right??

I’m almost 35. I’ve spent all of my adulthood until a few years ago sort of in a fog.

After losing my virginity to date rape at 15 and the absolute horrible way it was handled by my family and friends.. I felt even more horrible and spiraled. Lots of bad choices on top of bad choices. Dropped out of high school. Abusive relationships. Promiscuity.. etc.

I was trafficked, got pregnant and escaped. Had my baby(who is now almost 14!!), got married, moved overseas(he’s MIL) had more kids and just sort of floated/survived in a cloud of PTSD/CPTSD

Life got super rough again a few years ago. But this time it started my journey to healing. That I’m still working on but oh the progress has been amazing.

Just the fact that I can even imagine going to school. Having a career. Doing something that I am passionate about.. is amazing in and of itself. Seriously. Tear jerkingly amazing, it feels good.

Social Worker. My heart is and ALWAYS has been for people. Even more so now as I work through my stuff. Kids. The ones that are just having a rough life. IDK how yet.. lots of time to figure that out.

If I can help this way, then this is it. At least 7 years before being able to get licensed. And that’s if I go to school full time.

It’s scary, and intimidating and daunting.. but the thought of the end result just lights me up inside.

We shall see. I want to make a difference. All of us are worth love and care and direction.

#socialworker #CPTSD #PTSD #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #College