Hi there, it’s me, Taylor. I am a trauma therapist for both kiddos and adults at Hopeful Horizons. While I am adjusting to my new normal like everyone else, I thought I would give you guys a glimpse into my average day at work. Now I am not going to talk to you about how I see clients and for what reasons, as I’m sure you already know this. But I wanted to write about what might not be seen or talked about: the emotional impact.
I’ll be honest - I worry about my clients. Not just now, but each day as the weeks go on. Especially on the weekends when I don’t have contact with them. I worry about their well-being, their safety and what they experience and encounter when they are not in my office.
I do my best not to take work home, but I wouldn't be honest if I said there aren’t nights where I don’t repeat my day in my head over and over. What I could have done differently, is my kiddo going to be okay, is the family going to be okay?
But one thing I do to help myself, which in turn helps my clients, is a complete reset at the end of the day. I have to clear my head. This ranges from a good strength workout to watching funny videos online to even taking a hot shower at the end of my day to give myself the permission to restart.
This has been especially relevant during this pandemic. I am worried about my clients and their needs being met. This is an extremely emotional time for everyone, and I am reminding myself of those day-to-day things I do in the evenings to help reset myself.
I’ve talked a lot about how my work impacts me, but I want to share what keeps me going.
The answer is simple:
walking with my clients through their healing journey
sitting with them when things are hard and helping them gain back their control
cheering them on when successes are made.
This is what keeps me going, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.