HOW DO YOU SAY ‘’PSYCHOLOGIST’’?
I am thankful to these children for helping me remember and define again, for myself just what it is a psychologist does. This year marks the 33rd year I have been a ‘practicing’ psychologist. A conservative estimate of the time I have spent in counseling, coaching, consultation with individuals, marriages, families and organizational teams is well above 40,000 hours. An estimate of the time I have been carefully listening, connecting and building working alliances as the troubles of the soul pours out. I have counseled those through deep despair, tragedy, addiction, confusion and frustration. After engaging with 40,000 hours of laments, you might think I would have a sense of burn-out, fatigue and doubts about the human condition. For me, the inverse is true. My trust and belief in the capacity of people and organizations to find their ‘gifts’ for the world could not be higher. It has been a gift to me to bear witness to the courage, commitment, perseverance, resilience and openness of people at odds with circumstance. In the context of a trusting relationship, we can not only find our way through trouble, but will find and discover gifts we did not know we possessed. The souls I have been entrusted to serve have certainly given me gifts and stories that extend to hope and resilience for others. I am very grateful to be a psychologist that serves this purpose.