I feel like I’ve always been a soul searcher. I grew up really not understanding life and what I was doing on this planet. My life was confusing.
One minute my life was safe and secure ………. then all hell broke loose. I tried to make sense of it all, by reading lots of self help books and basically being angry.
My life started out very typical. Mom was a stay at home mom, dad was a general contractor, little sister, well you know how little sisters can be.
But one day, it all changed.
I was in the 5th grade and came home from a weekend trip with friends…
all that I knew…. changed.
My parents were getting divorced, my mom was now mentally ill, my dad soon was to become an absentee dad, my sister was on a course of drug addiction.
So I struggled… I walked down a path that led me to a dark place and a crossroad, either I would become totally messed up or…….. I could become a therapist. Like most good therapists I started out trying to figure out my life and that led to a career of helping others.
My journey led me to getting my license as a Marriage and Family Therapist and I have worked in this field for twenty two years. I originally wanted to start my own private practice, but in the process of becoming a therapist I was divorced, got scared, and stayed working as a clinician in the County Mental Health system.
Basically I sold my soul for a paycheck.
I learned a lot while working for the County and helped a lot of kids along the way, but I was not happy.