Some of you may remember that in the 1950's and 60's, parents told us girls that we just needed to get some sort of training where, if need be, we could support ourselves and children in case of divorce or the death or illness of our spouse. We were offered the occupations of secretary, teacher or nurse. There was one acceptable role for woman and little tolerance or understanding of a need for much else. Dependency on men was ingrained.
That advice did not have much relevant value as society matured and women entered the work force. By the 70's women began applying to law, medical and business schools. But I was raised under the "old" guidelines, so I accepted those as the standard I needed to follow. Besides, being industrious and feeling entitled to have that mindset were not on my dance card. I had not been groomed for those attributes and felt they were for everyone else, not me.
I hated school and studies, so off to a two-year school I went to learn how to be an "executive secretary." It would be the easiest and quickest curriculum to pursue while satisfying everybody else's needs.
I began working at such in 1972, met the love of my life at the power engineering company where we were employed and followed the traditional route. Now, don't get me wrong, I have never felt dissatisfied with my roles in life; however, as our children grew and were headed in the direction of college, it became apparent that an increase in my earning potential would make life much less stressful.
At age 38, I enrolled at the local community college and began courses that would position me for work in health care. I graduated and became licensed in dental hygiene. Twenty-five years later, I continue to serve dental patients. What I loved about my job was the one-on-one interface and the difference I was making in people's lives.
People liked sharing with me, trusted me, and they would bring their struggles to discuss with me during our appointment time every 3-4 months. Coaching invigorated me and I decided to return to school to complete a BS degree with a concentration in psychology to eventually lead to a MSW degree (Master in Social Work). I felt a calling and strong drive, for the first time in my life, to pursue more education and propel myself toward a new career.
As life's circumstances were pulling at me, depression began to interfere with my goals. I sought professional help and it was identified that latent PTSD symptoms were the root of my stress and tension. Combining many resources and the willingness to look at how I needed to change in order to turn my life around, I have learned to harness my struggles and turn them into opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment.
My experience has included but is not limited to the international adoption of our daughter, being a cancer survivor, and navigating the dynamics of family life to be successfully and happily married for over 4 decades along with knowing how to approach and work with fragile family relationships. Life pulls at me to contribute and give to the lives of others. Helping is my passion.
Confidentiality is guaranteed, as is complete respect for each client's capabilities and feelings. The most important aspect of client work is the trust and caring that we establish working together.
It would be my privilege to work with you to clear obstacles and energize the pathway you choose. In sharing the comprehensive process for change that I have compiled, you too can harness your stress and anxiety and transform it into confidence so that your life can be spontaneous and fun.
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