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Tina Denison, LCSW
EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist
Certified Professional Life Coach
Time for Self-Reflection
|Posted on October 21, 2014 at 1:42 AM||comments ()|
The Fall is upon us, with cooler days and still cooler evenings. As the light shifts to an autumnal golden glaze, it is the time for long, contemplative walks. Many people find themselves drawn inward to reflect on the past year, some choosing to enter therapy as the days grow shorter. It is the time of harvest.
When they first come to therapy, I recommend that clients begin a journal to reflect on wishes, hopes, and dreams, goals reached or transitions that have taken place over the past year. In thoughtful examination of our emotional and personal lives, we can select and sort the seeds that we will plant next. We are also called to clean out and haul away the dead wood and undergrowth, leaving space and light for the new growth that will appear in the Spring.
A journal is a place of harvest and reflection. It is a tremendous tool in therapy, deepening and focusing the process. If you are thinking of beginning therapy, try to start this task in advance. You will quickly see which issues are the most important to you at this time and what longer term goals you would like to work towards. It is a practice from which you will reap great rewards and learn a great deal about yourself.