I’m having an identity crisis. Do people even use that term anymore? I’m not sure, but it seems to fit what I’m going through right now.
When I speak to my clients, and to my colleagues like other therapists and dietitians, they seem to have no idea what I’m doing in my work right now. When they ask where I’m working, I sometimes joke and say I-4 because I spend so much time driving between my offices.
It’s also just been easier to answer with a joke because I haven’t known what else to say, or how much to say. Because with a fairly full schedule, there’s a lot going on:
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I have office hours in Altamonte Springs in the Orlando area, where I rent from two wonderful therapists named Juliana Ochoa and Jennifer Sigman. It’s a beautiful space in an old home similar to our place on Clay Street. I see clients both in person and by video using Zoom. Some clients prefer to combine the two and see me some days in person and some days virtually.
On Mondays and Thursdays I see clients in my Clearwater office, where I rent space from Teresa Mack in a building with several other therapists. It has been really nice to be around other therapists, though I also really enjoyed being around yogis when my office was in Yoga Village.
The third way I see clients is by video with Zoom from my home office. For those who remember the abundance of books in my office on Clay Street, you’ll be able to see those on the bookshelf behind me if we do video sessions.
Clients tell me they miss my office in Winter Park, and I miss it too. Yet I’m finding that my clients who are seeing me in a new environment have been doing some amazing work on themselves. I know the move is not necessarily the catalyst for this, but it may be – and the change was really beneficial for my work too.
I don’t know when in my life I started looking forward to change, but I do remember I resisted for so long. I even wanted to keep my children small because that time was so much fun. It turns out they’re really fun as young adults, too!
I’m still very active in my practice, and White Picket Fence Counseling Center is thriving! I love what I do and hope to continue this amazing work for the rest of my years.
Are you looking for help? Here’s the scoop: I have a fairly full schedule, but I do have some openings for clients. Looking for help for someone you know? I always do my best to accommodate referrals from colleagues and clients.