413: Reflections On 2023 - Darkness + Light

1h 23m | Dec 29, 2023

Welcome back to Therapy Chat! As 2023 comes to an end I wanted to reflect upon the year and what I learned through my experiences. Life always includes highs and lows, light and darkness. This year in my personal and professional life (so basically my whole life), there was more darkness than light. Yet upon reflection, there were so many glimmers of light within the dark times. In this episode I share my personal journey dealing with grief and loss in my personal life and how it made it difficult to keep going in my businesses. 

I carried a heavy burden of shame and self-blame - things just kept getting worse and worse, and I wondered how I’d be able to bear it. And things slowly, gradually, turned around, and are getting better day by day. I shared some plans for the coming year, including training in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and EMDR. Thank you to all of you who listen and support Therapy Chat. My hope in sharing more of my personal experience over the last year is to provide encouragement to any listeners who may need a reminder to keep going, even when you feel like there is no hope. Sometimes when everything seems really dark you can't see a way out, and eventually, a way appears if you just keep moving forward the best you can. 

Link to article by Dr. Pat Ogden and Dr. Janina Fisher: Appreciating Your Strengths

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