Full of anticipation and excitement, I clicked the submit button to register my business. It was official. I now was the sole owner of Embodied Healing Counselling Services. It had been quite a journey to get to this point and my whole body felt alive with the passion and confidence to begin private practice.
That was two months ago; now, as I sit reflecting on the last two months, I am noticing a heaviness in my body that was not there at the beginning.
Everyone says that starting a business is hard; a lot of ground work and little payoff at the beginning. It is one thing to be aware of that, another to experience it. I have devoted hours to design, vision, marketing; a whole new world to a therapist. I seemed to take exciting steps forward to only be slammed with another setback. The setbacks weighed on me, the uncertainty stirred up anxiety. The focus soon became the lack of progress, clients and money.
I lost focus of my vision.
And yet, as I sit with this heaviness, I sense an invitation to look at the bigger picture. I am slowing down and I am reminded of all the doors that have opened for me and the valuable connections and opportunities I have had. The list could go on and on of the support from unexpected places, exciting opportunities and a growing web of network with amazing professionals.
And now, I have an embodied understanding of the initial step of building a private practice; to build a solid foundation.
So, in this spring season, as we await the blooms to emerge, I will continue to plant seeds in my community. With a deeper understanding of patience and an embodied vision, I will trust that I am right where I am to be in this season of my private practice. I notice this knowing brings a sense of relief and lightness throughout my body; releasing the heaviness of pressure.
The season of harvest will come. *The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA
I am very optimistic that I will soon see a plethora of greenery outside my window even though Spring has been illusive in my garden. The buds, the birds and the weeds are finally getting out of their hibernation and my energy is getting renewed as I am planning my next steps in my work.
This month has been catastrophic in many parts of the worlds, especially in Nepal and it has resonated deeply as it’s a place that I have visited many times and when the tremors were felt as far as in India, it struck more as that’s where home is.
A part of me wants to jump on the next flight and join many organizations including Art therapy Without Borders to be part of the humanitarian work and use my skills for a cause which is beyond words for many.
I have done work with some PTSD but not directly been involved as other practitioners have during the deadly hurricanes, tsunamis or like the recent earthquake. When we talk about using creative arts or even counselling in such a broad spectrum, it’s important I think to remember the ways art can be used when words are not enough. It can be used as a compliment to assessment, to recovery, to healing. This is the time when creative arts can be transcultural, transformative and transnational, something that is advocated by Art Therapy Without Borders. Since I started practicing as a creative arts therapist in 1995, I have always been amazed by the flexibility, the adaptability, the ability to connect and the diversity of this field. Not only is the cultural and diverse fabric of the field is enriched by those who practice it , it’s the client group, it’s the techniques and it’s the materials which are constantly changing and adding to this melting pot of creativity.
This blog is a salute, a tribute and a standing ovation to the field, to the practitioners and to the world out there who believe in the power of creative art.
*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA