Memories of sexual abuse, divorce, psychosis, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, adoption, grief and loss, addiction, anger management, bipolar disorder.
That is a heavy day, and yet, despite the exhaustion, I feel really good. I am making a strong connection with a teen who, a few months back, literally sat in my office for an entire session without saying one word. Through an art therapy exercise, a young woman is beginning to feel some relief and joy. A college freshman looked bright and positive for the first time since I met him a few weeks ago while talking about his new job and plans for summer school. And, I got a big thank you from a woman who sat on my couch this fall sobbing about her recent separation; she is now stable on medication, reunited with her husband and moving out of state.
At the red light on Fairfax County Parkway, I shiverred imagining what would happen if my walls could talk. Like the toys coming to life in Toy Story when the kids leave, are my walls processing all that happens within their bounds?
Days like this can be emotional and wearing, but yet so promising. I have the privilege of witnessing these beautiful transformations. People are often at their lowest when we first meet and then via baby steps, they start to feel less hopeless, perhaps even hopeful as they make their way on to joy. It is so rewarding to be part of this process.
I do hope that my walls appreciate what it is that they get to be a part of, I sure do.