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I’m currently in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the conference, “Creativity and Madness” Feb. 16-19. Looking at the intersection between artists and mental health, health practitioners will be presenting on a variety of topics, artists, and perspectives. I’ll be delivering my presentation, “#iCareBecauseYouDo”, but I’ll also be recharging my own batteries, as well as looking at the various aspects of my practice in my commitment to deliver extraordinary care in an ever-complicated world.

One the aspects that must occur is to deliver healthcare when people need it. This is often where government intervention and insurance-driven decision making has not done a good enough job. Private practitioners like myself make decision to abide by the protocols of those third party payers (we have to, if we want to keep our legal contracts with them). At the same time, clients are voting with their feet by refusing to use their health care and paying out of pocket for help that cannot be strictly categorized as psychotherapy, namely coaching and advising.

I’m sure that many of us at the conference will be talking about this, since we see the problems in our current healthcare system. While I might not be lolling about in a spa thinking about these challenges, know that I will be contemplating them in an environment that encourages me to take up the challenge: “Think Different.”

By Imei Hsu

Imei Hsu is a mental health counselor, active retired RN, AIP Coach and PN1-NC, writer, triathlete and arts promoter in the Seattle area and through online services. With 30+ years in healthcare (22+ years in mental health), Imei has a commitment to helping people discover insight into their health, relationships, and connecting. She is the owner of Seattle Direct Counseling and the blog, a presenter and speaker on a variety of psychological topics, and a positive force on the Internet. She launched her personal project, My Allergy Advocate, in 2018. Imei is a two-time Ironman Finisher (Mont-Tremblant 2016, Ironman Canada 2018); she also finished her first ultramarathon in 2017 and has gone on to race the 100K distance while preparing for 100 Mile trail races and a backyard ultra. You can find her running everywhere and eating all the thingz, watching movies, camping under the stars, and cooking real food.

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