I thought it would be best to start my blogging with “who I am and why I am here.” I almost think this is a loaded question really because as a therapist this could get deep real quick! You will soon learn if you don’t know already that I am pretty straightforward and to the point. I can be sarcastic at times and most definitely a smart ass (of course only when appropriate). I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to help others. It’s my nature/passion and it’s what I do.
Who am I?
So here is the low down, my name is Erica and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist associate (LMFTA) in Vancouver, WA. I provide individual, couples and family counseling in my private practice but you might already know that if you’re reading this blog from my website.
In addition to being a therapist I am also a mom/step-mom to three wonderful kids. However, to be completely honest at times they make me want to lock myself in a closet and hide. I am also a wife to a pretty amazing man who was willing to put up with my obsessive nature to keep things clean and in order (this was both our second marriage so we knew what we could put up with) and sometimes he makes me want to lock myself in the closet and hide as well (sorry babe).
In addition to all these things I am an entrepreneur and business owner. That in and of itself is enough to make a person go crazy! Owning my own business is a dream I never really knew I had until I embarked on this journey. I am consistently learning new things about myself everyday, and while sometimes it’s exciting other times it is terrifying. (More on that in later blogs).
I have learned I am the type of person who will stand up for what I believe is right; I will take the shirt off my back to help someone who may need it more than myself; I will fight for marriages and to restore relationships because I know firsthand the value in cultivating these precious commodities. I am a hard worker, and I make sure that whatever it is that I am doing I do it well! I will not make a promise I can’t keep. I can find opportunity in just about anything, and I make it my daily goal to show kindness to as many people as possible. I am not perfect and I will be the first to admit my faults and that’s what makes me, me.
That is who I am.
My hope is to be able to reach through this screen with my words and touch your life to make an impact for the better.
Why am I here?
Again, in the spirit of honestly the idea of writing a blog bored me to death! I enjoy writing, but the idea of putting my thoughts down for the world to read seemed kind of lame to me.
I got into this idea of blogging because it was recommended I could increase my website traffic, which would affect my website ranking on various search engines. Of course I verified this with my own research. What can I say, it’s what I do! Realistically I embarked on this adventure in blogging with no other intention than for my own self/business-benefit. Did I mention how honest I am?
As I started to write and think about blogging ideas, something changed for me. I began to see this idea of blogging as an opportunity to help those that may never seek therapy/counseling services. Maybe I could still impact their world. Even if in a small way, provide some hope, direction, and healing through my words.
It’s important for me to be able to relate to potential clients and for any of my potential readers to see I am a relatable human being just like you.
I don’t ever want my biggest regret to be my inaction.
Our society and culture has a way of putting certain professions “above” normal everyday people. The reality is that although I have had years of graduate school, I have had even more years of other work and life experiences that got me to where I am today. I have also travelled through the peaks and valleys of life just like many of you reading this blog. I’ve had to contemplate divorce, struggle with parenting, balance a career and manage a blended family, during this I’ve dealt with depression, anxiety, self-worth issues and relationship problems. Did I mention how great my husband is? Point being we all need help sometimes, yes-even therapists. Did you know there are therapists for therapists?
My hope and my new reason for blogging is to be able to reach through this screen with my words and touch your life to make an impact for the better. I don’t ever want my biggest regret to be my inaction. My calling, my passion, and my dream is to make a positive difference in the life of others.