As the saying goes, time flies when you're doing what you love. Our team is celebrating a significant milestone - the four-year anniversary of Harbor Counseling. These four years have been an incredible journey of growth, challenges, and moments that have shaped Harbor Counseling into what it is today. As October comes to a close, I've been reflecting on what it means to celebrate this remarkable journey.
Four years ago, I embarked on this journey with a dream and a vision. I envisioned a place where clients could find support, solace, and understanding. A place where professionals who are deeply committed to this field and dedicated to evidence-based practices within their specialty can unite to support one another in their shared mission. The decision to open a private practice was driven by a passion for helping others and a commitment to providing individualized and ethical care.
Four years in practice has been a journey of constant learning and adaptation. We've expanded our knowledge, refined our skills, and explored innovative approaches to better serve our clients. Certainly this time has not been without its challenges. We've faced hurdles, learned from them, and grown stronger in the process. These challenges have pushed us to become more resilient and adaptable.
One of the most rewarding aspects of these four years has been the relationships we've built with our clients and other providers within our community. Serving our community often means being a catalyst for change. Beyond the therapy room, therapists are mental health advocates, breaking down stigma and raising awareness about the importance of emotional and psychological well-being. We strive to make our communities more supportive and understanding and I am so grateful for the opportunities we have had to along the way collaborate with community partners to provide mental health resources.
As we celebrate this four-year anniversary, we are filled with gratitude - gratitude for our clients, our network of other providers, and the opportunity to do meaningful work. Looking ahead, we're excited about the future, the new challenges it may bring, and the opportunities for further growth and impact. This month has been a reminder that our commitment to serving others, our passion for what we do, and our unwavering dedication continue to drive us forward. Here's to the journey thus far and the remarkable chapters yet to be written!
-Selena Stanberry, LCMHC, Owner
As October begins, we bring our attention to Mental Illness awareness. Our mental health is essential to our physical and emotional well-being. In this blog, we will discuss what mental illness is, the various types of mental illness, and the significance of self-compassion in mental health recovery. We want to emphasize the importance of mental healthcare.
Mental illness can affect our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, resulting in changes in our thoughts, feelings, and actions. It can impact our daily lives by influencing how we react to stress, our behavior, and our decision-making abilities. Although the medical community has yet to understand the root cause of mental illness, it has been determined that it is a complex mix of different factors, including genetic and other biological factors, early life environment, trauma and stress, and personality factors. Seeking professional help, such as visiting a doctor or a therapist, is crucial to starting the journey toward your desired life.
While there are many types of mental illness, we will highlight four that our counselors often encounter.