Time is flying by quickly!
I’ve been working at my San Francisco location with Christian Psychotherapy Services since 2012. Five years later, today marks my last day seeing clients at this location.
I remember taking this photo in early 2013 as a psychological assistant (trainee) completing my postdoctoral hours. We needed a cover photo for our new Facebook page so I wandered around the intersection outside taking photos. You can see my office up there – it’s the one with all the blinds open. I’ve always preferred therapy offices to be brightly lit rather than the traditionally dim offices of most therapists. To each his own.
Five years later I’ve since received my license and began my solo practice in San Jose. The time has come to bring my commuting lifestyle to a close in pursuit of my own groundedness. And today marks the day!
I don’t think this change will fully hit me until 2018 begins and I’m no longer kicking off my work week with a 50-mile pilgrimage into the city. But today I reflect on the longest-running job I’ve ever had, as well as the most career-shaping.
Before working here I had never planned to market myself as a Christian therapist. I was fearful it might box me in and deter potential clients from meeting with me who might otherwise be a great fit for me to work with. But when the opportunity to interview here came up, I took it on the chance that I might learn something, and that I might at least find a place to complete my trainee hours quickly to get my license.
By the end of the interview, I was completely sold. There was a culture of safety amongst the staff that is incredibly difficult to find – even among therapists. In the following years, I realized the value in not fighting against who I am and embracing my identity as a Christian therapist. And to my pleasant surprise, not all my clients identified as religious. So my fears of being overly boxed in never came into fruition.
Though I won’t miss the long commute and the occasional difficulty with finding parking, I will miss most everything else about this job. I will miss my wonderful clients, my wise colleagues, the peaceful office space (especially the holiday cider we serve!), the presence of over 10 coffee shops within walking distance, and the excuse for this solace-seeking quiet girl to explore a big city. I believe I will also come to miss the “bustle” of the city: constant car noise, honking, emergency vehicle sirens, construction sounds, and the occasional car blasting loud music (which often makes for a lighthearted moment in-session as the car passes).
I do love this job so much. I wish I didn’t have to leave. I wish I could teleport the entire office – including Noe Valley, my clients, and my colleagues – to San Jose with me. But alas, we can’t have everything.
When people ask me how my work day was at the end of a long Monday in SF, my usual response is something along the lines of: “It was great! I can’t believe I get paid to do what I do.” I think that sums up well how I feel about my job, and the joy I’ve received from working here for the past five+ years.
To San Francisco: I wish you well. I think you will survive without me, but I will miss you!