What do you do?

Fairly frequently people ask me what I do. For example, a few days ago, I was in the bank, talking to the banker about a home equity loan. He asked, “What do you do?” I said, “I am a psychotherapist,” not thinking about his question. He sat back, “It must be so depressing listening to people’s problems all day…” he said. This is a rather common response. “Actually,” I told him, “I love it. I get to be part of people’s lives. I get to see their lives get better, and I get to help them pursue their optimal life.” He thought a moment. “Wow. That sounds pretty good.” I said, “It is!” He said, “But if you put it like that, then everyone would want therapy.” I smiled. “That’s the point,” I said, “Everyone should be able to have it.” He shook his head and went back to the questionnaire. It seems that most people are unaware that you can insist on making your life the best it can be, and if you do, it will be a whole lot better.

About norasblog

I am a psychotherapist with a private practice in downtown Chicago.
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2 Responses to What do you do?

  1. npfp says:

    What a wonderful perspective you provide. It is clear you do love what you do and your blog is very thought provoking and interesting. I also enjoyed reading about the current research looking at the dynamics of “nature” and “nurture” on brain development & function. I look forward to future entries.

    As a Family Physician, I strongly support long term therapy for anyone wishing for personal growth, to build strong relationships and enrich their lives. Finding a dedicated, highly educated and wise psychotherapist can be challenging, but the rewards for the patient and their loved ones are infinite and the impact continues. Every individual should be able to dream and grow and what better way than with the help of a trained professional committed to stand by you and hold your hand?

  2. norasblog says:

    Thank you for your support. It is nice to know that there are physicians who understand the benefits of long term therapy.

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