I think true mental health is the ability to move back and forth between fighting the barracudas (or finding a way to coexist with or even befriend them) and savoring the pleasures and all the other opportunities life offers us as well.
No doubt about it—these are difficult times. Whether or not the economic recession hit you personally, you most likely know and care about others who were, and perhaps still are, affected. Depression and anxiety are epidemic. Most of us use all of our energy each day to cope with life’s challenges, leaving little or no reservoir from which to draw. It is easy to feel downright overwhelmed sometimes . . . or even all the time.
On the other hand, as Mary Oliver reminds us, just being alive is an incredible gift. We each have a body and brain, vast emotional capacity, and our spirit. And we live on this beautiful planet filled with miracles happening all around us every day.
I am ready to meet you wherever you are, at this moment, on this continuum from suffering to joy. I love working with all kinds of people of all ages and I am not afraid of difficult situations or longstanding complicated problems. Whatever is troubling you will be considered with confidentiality, respect, and compassion.
– Mary Oliver