Grateful for Therapy

As a therapist and having done my fair share of time on the couch, I am reminded during this time of thankfulness for the work that is therapy. It is life transforming not only for the client but also for the therapist. I could go on and on but why do that when many therapists are so eloquent with what it is like for them, to be in the presence of profound pain and desire. Thank you to every therapist who shared here. With over 100 submissions, this is just a taste of what was said.

I see clients who struggle with identity and self esteem issues learn to accept and love themselves for who they are and begin to live the life they desire. – K. Michelle Tapia, MA, LMFT 

Couples here rebuild their marriage after struggling for so long. Watching the trust grow stronger and their hearts soften is truly a gift. I love being invited to vow renewals! – Kelly Montgomery, LMFT

As a child custody evaluator I see children and families when things have gotten past broken, with co-parenting boot-camp I have seen significant change in communication and client’s abilities to learn the “business” of co-parenting. Seeing the benefits to the children after helping their parents find their way to a place that is functional, is lifting and makes this work worthwhile. – Nicole Stolar, LCSW, BCD

I have the privilege of seeing clients shift into their true identities. The beauty of seeing clients come in, seemingly a shell of themselves, transform into beautiful, whole and healthy people is something I can never grow tired of. – Traci Lowenthal, PsyD

I’ve been a witness to parents feeling empowered, kids feeling heard & seen, and families being able to communicate effectively without lots of conflicts!! – Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, Parent Coach

I’ve been able to see women recover their hope for the future, rediscover their strengths, and reclaim their stories. – Jessica McCoy, MFT 

In therapy I allow myself to ‘show-up’ and be fully emotionally present with my clients. That gives my clients permission to show up completely and fully for themselves. It is immense, humbling, and soul changing to witness these transformations. – Karlene S. Haines, LCSW-C

I’ve seen clients move from fear to fortitude as they decide to end abusive relationships. – Heather Seguin, MFTI

I get to see families flourish as a cohesive whole instead of fragmented pieces. It gives me hope and happiness to see families start to work so smoothly together. – Carmen Wolf, LMFT

I have seen couples work through challenges and constant arguments to realize that their relationship is worth saving. Partners have been able to rekindle their love, work together as a team, and discover a new level of amazingness they didn’t even know was possible.  – Erika Labuzan-Lopez, LMFT-Associate, LPC 

I have seen women learn to love themselves again, and gain the confidence and tools they need to make better decisions about their lives. They grow to understand what they truly want out of their relationships, and learn to ask for things in an entirely different way that draws from their strengths and helps them have more happiness and fulfillment in their relationships. – Alicia Taverner, LMFT 

I am honored to witness the courage of my clients to face their deepest fear and pain, which allows them to let go of all the self-doubt and defeating behavior! Lanie Smith, Registered Art Therapist

I’ve seen a client go from looking I’ll from the effects of long term alcohol to having done out patient detox and in a week looking healthier and much calmer!! So exciting to see that physical transformation!!! –Michelle Farris, MFT  

I’ve have been greatly privileged to witness the inner and outer transformation of clients as they break free from the limiting agendas and expectations of others; to see their strength and courage as they walk away from toxic situations and create the life they want to live and were meant to live. – Lourdes Viado, MFT

In my experience, therapy can be incredibly transformative for women who want to be in a healthy loving relationship, but continue to get stuck in the same pattern that doesn’t serve them. I’ve seen clients learn to identify their patterns, understand where they come from, and begin to do something different…something that gives them confidence and allows them to have healthy, stable relationships with themselves and their partners. – Chappell Marmon, LCSW 

I have helped adults learn to move on from traumatic experiences from their childhoods that impacted them in the present. – Lauren Matos, LMHC 

I have seen children learn to express their feelings, to see their courage as they work through trauma and heal. – April Forella, LMHC

I have seen men and women, adults and kids, whose lives were controlled by anxiety and panic break free of the fear and live life on their own terms. Nicole Connolly, Ph.D.

I have seen clients go from hearing voices, not knowing they are internal and feeling terrified, to talking themselves through the steps of testing reality and actually telling the voices they are not real and demanding they go away. The voices lost their power. I’ve also seen clients change relationships with their parents from submission/dominance, fear/rage to self-worth, respect, and calm assertion – as action and not reaction.In both these kinds of growth, the clients were agents of change in their own lives once they internalized their power to cause change – they internalized self-determination they hadn’t even realized they had. –Robin Custer, LICSWA

I have seen my clients go from hopelessness, stuck in the past to being hopeful and looking forward to a future of living an abundant life. –Patty Behrens, LMFT

I have seen teen girls and women who are introverted by nature, find their voice and recognize how they quietly influence those around them. In their quiet they roar. – Dr. Joanne Royer

I love having the privilege to watch moms and kids transform. Moms learn how to make parenting work for them and get creative. While kids connect to their inherent greatness. – Renee Bond, LPCC

I see clients who are immersed their eating disorders, distanced from the people who love them and totally hating themselves reconnect, learn how to love themselves and how to take care of their emotional and physical needs. It’s incredible seeing people become their real selves, like a film going from black and white to color. – Allison Puryear, LCSW

Through being a play therapist and giving children a safe person and outlet for their often misunderstood big feelings, I have seen children be able to heal from something challenging or traumatic. I have seen children evolve and bring themselves toward changing or accepting something difficult. The hard work these children do in play therapy is remarkable- I have seen marked improvement in their lives and how they interact in their relationships with their families, peers, and teachers. – Parie Baharian, PsyD

Time and time again, I see clients shift from feeling consumed by their difficult experiences – their fears, their regrets, their self-criticism – to having a safe distance from them, in which to actually cope and thrive. It’s almost like by virtue of the person’s willingness to explore the issues, they’re standing up to a bully. The bully still goes to their school, but they don’t’ mess with them anymore. It’s inspiring, truly. – Shana Averbach, LMFT

As a therapist who specializes in working with teens, the most beautiful moment is when teens realize that they actually have a powerful voice and can make dynamic choices to improve the quality of their life. –John Sovec, LMFT

Some of the most precious and powerful moments in therapy occur when clients can trust themselves, the process, and me, to finally divulge a secret that absolutely no one has ever heard before, perhaps from a time over fifty years ago. It’s a magical moment of freedom. –  Carol Tyler, Ph.D.

I’ve been honored to witness clients transforming the narratives of their lives from unworthiness to resilience while healing the pain and shame of trauma symptoms. – Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

I just completed a final session with a couple. Magical. I have seen couples shift from the pain of disconnection and loneliness to the sweet joy of playfully and compassionately having each others back. From hurt to healing. From arguing/shutting down to vulnerable expressions of fear and love. Julie Kyker, MFT

I think this quote summarizes it the best –

One of the biggest shifts my practice has caused is an internal a shift in me–from feeling separate from others to realizing more and more with each day, each session, each sentence from a person sitting opposite me, that we are not alone. We are all connected. Like me, my clients suffer. Like them, I struggle. Through connection, we heal. Jean T. Rothman, MA, MFT.

May I and may all of us never forget that there is hope. There are people that can and will help you and you don’t have to through this life alone. It takes guts but it can be well worth all of it. What are you grateful for?