What does being a therapist mean to me?
Hi, I am honored to identify as a mental health therapist/clinician; to me this means my education, personal experiences and work in the mental health field has equipped me to support others during their wellness journey. Being a therapist also means listening to what is being said and what isn’t being said. I strive to provide a safe environment for others to explore their own emotions and thoughts without judgment. In therapy I help my clients make connections between their experiences, thoughts, emotions, and behavior, then, provide strategies to help make the changes each individual desires to create their ideal life. To me being a therapist also means being an example of what I teach, taking care of myself to be the best version of me for my clients.
I emphasize the need for self-care because I have seen the difference it has made for so many people, including myself. Many of us are not taught a healthy balance between caring for others and caring for ourselves which can create a disbalance in our wellness. Finding the correct balance for each individual is what we work on, as it is different for each person.
Jennifer Ruiz Blandon Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NY