If You Build It Will They Come

 

I’m still here (and not just a hologram)! Read more about the transition from an office to online and telephonic counseling.

The line from the movie, Field of Dreams, is:

If you build it, they will come.

Yet I admit, up until last week, I did not know for sure if the line was true. I stated it as a question, “If you build it, will they come?”

For the last couple of years, I prepared for a transition from a stand-alone, brick-and-mortar private practice office that provided supervision for new therapists, counseling and coaching services, and a sub-speciality in autoimmune and chronic disease support, into an online and telephonic practice that would allow others to access services from different time zones, and free me to travel where I am needed. Supervision of new therapists earning hours towards licensure would also happen over the Internet and phone.

Two weeks ago, I worked furiously to pack up the office, donate some of the furniture, and begin to set up a home office base. I bid my office farewell, and yes, I did shed a few tears.

The home business license arrived in time, the movers came and moved my furniture and boxes, and I took a little time to put my head into a Half Ironman distance race in the beginning of June.

You might be wondering if the movie quote is true. Read on to find out.

Continue reading “If You Build It Will They Come”

Happy New Year 2016

Lone hiker with poles running down a narrow ledge of snow on the side of a mountain under sunny skies.
However you spend your New Year’s Eve and Day, we wish you a happy, healthy 2016 from Seattle Direct Counseling. Photo credit by M.L. Nov. 2015. Used with permission.

With the New Year 2016, we wanted to say how thankful and grateful we are to have been a part of helping our clients and their loved ones find connection, growth, mental wellness and fortitude, and new directions for creativity and prosperity.

Our logo is missing from the website, because it was customized in its former state, and all customizations are lost when the website is drifted to a new theme.
Our logo is missing from the website, because it was customized in its former state, and all customizations are lost when the website is drifted to a new theme.

If you are a brand spanking new visitor to our website, Welcome! We are so glad you found your way here.

There are a few items missing, namely our logo design and a couple of “flashy” features that will be rebuilt into the website in early January 2016, namely by Imei (that’s me!), the admin and primary content creator for Seattle Direct Counseling. Don’t worry!

For all the many reasons you may have been drawn to read this post, please know that we are ready to meet you, wherever you’re “at”, whether you are riding high on successes and wish for deeper growth and perspective, coming off a difficult season of loss and grief, or living somewhere in-between. We’re here to help.

For our returning clients, we hope you had enough time off during the holidays to reboot, unplug, and refresh. If not, we believe we can create the space for you during sessions to do all three.

I’ve also provided a Social Media link to another blog I’ve been building in late 2015 focusing on living with Celiac Disease and multiple food allergies. If you or someone you know wants resources, please feel free to share the link to My Allergy Advocate. This resource will be formally launched sometime near August 2016, yet as I have received requests for information, I created this temporary fun blog to make food fun again for the millions of people affected by autoimmune disease and food allergies.

From the two of us to you, we wish you a Happy New Year for 2016!

P.S. I (Imei) am rather proud to say I didn’t break the website during the transition to a mobile-enabled website after all, phew!

Welcome to Fall

Welcome To Fall!

by B. Imei Hsu, RN, LMHC, RYT, Artist

Fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors before the weather changes significantly. A trail into the woods is perfect! Turtleback Preserve (Orcas Island). Photo by B.Imei Hsu, taken with a iPhone 5s.
Fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors before the weather changes significantly. The greater Puget Sound region boasts hundreds of miles of wide and single-track trails in beautiful forests. A trail into the woods is perfect! Turtleback Preserve (Orcas Island). Photo by B.Imei Hsu, taken with a iPhone 5s.

 

Welcome to Fall!

During the last weekend of August, Mother Nature clearly let people in the Seattle area know that it is now Fall weather season! We had a windstorm with rain that knocked down trees, took out power, and claimed the lives of two people. It was quite a contrast to the unusually hot and dry weather we have had during the summer.

The Seattle area usually receives a bit of a more gentle nudge with the change in seasons as we near September — the morning air has  a crispness to it, the evening light fades earlier, and Starbuck’s advertises its Pumpkin Spice Lattes in October (ha ha). Not this year! As I packed up my camping tent at 6 am in the middle of a downpour, I was laughing. A 50% chance of rain really means, “Yep, it’s gonna rain!” I could feel it in the air. Fall has arrived.

I can feel a lot of other things in the air too. The beginning of Fall, with the obvious signs of a change of season, is a fun-tastic time to assess how things are working or not working for you. As I was reading Tara Gentile’s Quiet Power Strategy on my solar-panel powered Kindle reader, the author quoted another author who is oft asking her clients something I have asked my clients each time they encounter a “stuck point” while using the same tactics, strategies, and mainstream solutions they have always used:

How’s that working for you?

When you hear yourself respond to this question with, “Not very well,” perhaps you are ready to change how you are looking at the challenge, problem, or frustration that you are currently facing. Why continue to throw the same solutions at the same problem, expecting a different result?

You are the one who knows when something isn’t working. Stop. Just stop. And then, clear your mind.

One of the ways I clear my head is to go for a trail run. There is something about being in nature, focusing on the technical trail with its rocks, roots, and shifting ground, and a higher level of exertion that makes me look at things differently after I’ve completed my run. I’m panting like a dog, my legs get covered with dirt, all I can hear is  my breath and the sound of my soft footfalls on the ground.

The open trail, like the one pictured above, narrows into a single-track that requires my complete attention for the next couple of hours.  Later, when I’m showered and dressed for the day, I find that my mind can wander back to the complex situations of my clients, as well as my own personal, professional, and creative challenges. I have then gained an ability to see the problems from multiple directions and pathways, mindfully aware of suspending judgment and setting aside fear.

Are you ready for Fall? Are you ready to go beyond your answers when you discover things aren’t working the way you had hoped or envisioned for yourself? Would you like to try another pathway to explore the possibility of a different outcome than the one you have come to expect?

At SDC, we welcome you to Fall, and we welcome you to explore the pathways you will discover through counseling with one of us. While you don’t need to become avid trail or road runners like we are, we recognize that there are many tools that help the mind and heart to enter a place of self-discovery, courage, grief, growth, and emotional/social intelligence.

In a few days, you’ll see my next post about the subject of ghosting [Edit: something came up and I will be delaying that post to make room for a more emergent topic]. My Fall challenge involves sharing with you about many difficult topics, such as death and dying (and elder care), ghosting, surviving a difficult breakup, handling unpleasant and painful memories, as well as complex skills many of us need to develop to thrive in the 21st century, such as pathways to building your Emotional Intelligence, and recovering from with workplace trauma.

All I know is this: to write about these things with any amount of vulnerability, candor, and thoughtfulness requires plenty of trail running!

Happy Fall!