by Daniel Jacob, MSW: Founder of Can You Hear Me?
Are You Missing a Piece of Your Happiness? written by Bobbi Emel, MFT, a helping professional who shares her own experience with depression and ways she has been able to help herself. I was so pleased to see this professional share and bring awareness, hopefully allowing others in the helping profession to recognize that it is OK to need, want and get help. In the article she begins with saying "It’s a bit embarrassing to admit since I am a therapist, you know." That right there tells you a very common theme of how many in the profession interpret their predicament. It is very difficult for the professional to trust the process or another helping professional, this is vulnerability in its truest form. However, the only one who suffers is the one who does not recognize when it is time for support, there is no positive outcome waiting here...
There are many influencing factors that have brought me to Can You Hear Me? One in particular comes to mind, something that I have gravitated towards for many years now, and will continue to. Every job or professional role that I have had (pre social work and beyond) I have always made myself available to support my colleagues in distress. I took pride in recognizing when they were not themselves, stepping in to support them with a listening ear, keep your head up look, and validation that lets them know "I see you..." I was never asked to take on this role, it's really just a part of my DNA born out of my own exposure and experience to suffering and challenge, while knowing what it feels like to be unheard with minimal to no support in sight. It's a trait that is so primary in my practice as a social worker, one that has allowed me to see change at the individual and organizational level. Recognzing when the stress in those I cross paths with runs deeper than the stack of papers on the desk. Unaware by most, easy enough to see by me. I don't offer this information to convince or self-promote, only to showcase what resides within that is always in place, ready to give, only available when others are as well...
As always I welcome (and encourage) comments, feedback, and sharing. If you are just not there yet in this public forum, please feel free to email me and we can start our own dialogue, keeping it between us. I hope this post (and the intended meaning) finds you well, realizing that the life that is front of you, now matter how difficult it can be, it is the ultimate classroom as long as you can see it that way. Keep your head up and heart open!
Daniel Jacob, MSW Email
Founder of Can You Hear Me? External Field Instructor at University of Southern California School of Social Work MSW@USC. Daniel has a Masters in Social Work (Families and Children Practice/School Social Work). He is currently nearing the completion of the LCSW testing process.
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