It has been quite an eventful past couple of months since my last blog post! I’m excited to share that Resilient Child Therapy Institute now has its very own office space! I have sublet office space since the start of my practice in 2015. Initially, this was a perfect fit for me because it allowed me to establish and build my practice to where it is today. It wasn’t until recently that I began to recognize the increasing need for my own space.
I needed a space that cultivated healing from the moment someone walked into my office. Because most of my clients and/or their families are survivors of trauma and loss, this was a top priority on my list. To me, a space of healing is cultivated not only by the decor but by the energy that space radiates. When people enter my new space, will they feel welcome? Will they feel valid? Will they experience a sense of relaxation or relief upon entering the space? Will they feel open to being their authentic self? These are some of the questions I asked myself before acquiring the space for my new office.
I know the journey to recovery can be a tough one. In processing trauma and loss, a space for healing must offer authenticity, openness, and an unconditional positive regard. Since moving to my new space, I am delighted to hear how much my clients and their families appreciate the new location. One of my teen clients even said the space felt like home, which spoke volumes to me and opened the doorway for us to discuss how we can create a feeling of home wherever we go in life.
Cultivating a space of healing begins with the inner work of self, which is what I did when I began to explore the need for a new space. From there, I manifested my vision by taking it one step at a time. Each step, however, came with its own set of tears, headaches, self-doubt, joy, and a mixture of other emotions. I’m grateful though for this journey that I have the privilege of undertaking because I know it will benefit so many others.
How can you cultivate a space for healing? What would that space look like? Where would it be? Feel free to share in the comments section below.