I can’t believe almost 6 years ago I almost quit doing therapy. Those of you that are or have been my clients can pick yourselves up off the floor now! I say that because you all know how passionate I am about what I do and I LOVE being a therapist. But let me explain…
Without going into detail, I was working in an environment that was very unhealthy. I loved my time with my clients but because of the dysfunctional climate of where I worked, I dreaded going into work everyday. I would try to pump myself up on the way in, with a knot in my stomach, and pray God would give me a good day and help me make a difference. After awhile of this, I started thinking and believing that maybe I had made a poor decision with my career path. How could this be?? I loved working with my clients and believed in what I did. I know you will all laugh, but I actually used to see the garbage man or someone in the lawn mowing service and think, “I could do that! Maybe that will work!”
Finally, after talking with my husband and friends, they knocked some sense into me! It wasn’t WHAT I was doing it was WHERE I was doing it. So I made some decisions to change that. It took a tremendous step of faith and A LOT of work. I was pregnant with my first child as well. After much prayer and consultation, me and two other of my dear collegues decided to start Imagine Hope. Besides marrying my husband and having children, it was the BEST decision I ever made!
I cannot tell you how happy I am to do what I do. I have so much passion for my job and I look forward to my days at the office. I am continually inspired and blessed by the spirit of Hope surrounding our group. When I see couples reconcile, individuals recover from childhood sexual abuse, and see someone kick an addiction, I literally get chills!
The point of this entire blog (besides congratulating us on 5 years- Yayy!), is to say, if you hate your job, look at it and make sure it isn’t the environment- who you work with, your supervisor, the actual location. It could be a multitude of things that may not be what you do. Chances are if you felt really passionate before, you may just be suffering from a dysfunctional climate. Just something to think about…
Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from you soon,
*Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.