Reflections on 2015

In this post, I would like to provide some reflection and examination of the past twelve months. The end of the year provides an opportunity to look back and determine our successes and maybe, our shortcomings, as well.  Today could be a chance for you to do the same.

While it was a difficult decision, 2015 was the year I decided to abandon my aspiration to obtain a particular certification. One that was promised to offer the mental health professional a level of status when testifying in court.

I have no regret regarding this decision though I must say, I rarely, if ever, forego completing professional goals once I have started them. In this particular case, I give myself a pass as unforeseen circumstances arose that reflected principals I perceive as highly objectionable.

My counseling business has continued to grow over the past year and for that, I am quite grateful. The majority of my clients utilize their health insurance benefits while my office attempts to keep up with claim filing, case management, and scheduling challenges.

In December, I made a decision to discontinue accepting new clients for the time being. My recent challenge has been in finding space in my schedule for former, returning clients who have decided to re-start their therapy.

While my practice has continued to offer in-office counseling services to children and adults, my focus in 2016 will be in providing services outside the office that may include court involvement.

On a personal note, 2015 was the year my son started high school and made the JV soccer team.  Our family has been a soccer family since our son was three, minus a few years he spent achieving a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. The level of gratitude I feel for the successful young man he is becoming is only surpassed only by the love I feel for him.  While I still may catch myself being that “helicopter mom” at times, I am learning little by little to let go of controlling him and trying to fix everything for him.

That’s it for now. In my next post, I will offer some thoughts on personal goal setting for the New Year.

A few inspirational quotes to inspire you:

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows” – Ralph Marston

“Make your own future. Make your own hope.  Make your own love. And…honor your creator …by making grace happen…yourself, right now, down here on Earth” – Bradley Whotford

“Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.” –  John Dewey

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground”. –  Theodore Roosevelt

“Believe in yourself!  Have faith in your abilities!  Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy”. -Norman Vincent Peale

Happy Reflections for 2015,

Linda Cook, LMHC