PsychCentral recently interviewed our very own Clair Mellenthin, the Clinical Director here at Wasatch Family Therapy. Clair was asked about how she copes with stress, the best part of her job, and her overall experiences being a therapist. Here are a few of her answers:
What’s surprised you the most about being a therapist?
I think the biggest surprise for me is personally, how much joy I would find in this profession. I love my job! It is such a blessing to truly be passionate about what you do day in and day out. I have also been surprised at how many different professional hats being a therapist has allowed for me — a professor, a national speaker, an author, a media consultant, and a much better wife and mom!
What’s the most challenging part about being a therapist?
I think that the most challenging part about being a therapist is remembering the importance of self-care and making sure that you have a good support system in place where you can debrief, process, and ask questions of other professionals. I also think that at times, it is difficult to separate work and the emotional workload you carry at work from other parts of your personal life. This is where it is so crucial that all of us engaged in this profession practice what we preach and make self-care a priority.
What personally do you do to cope with stress in your life?
I play with my kids on a daily basis. Honestly, laughing with my family is my cure all. I am lucky to have a husband who is hilarious and is always making me laugh with some wise crack or goofy joke. I also love weeding. There is something so gratifying about looking at a patch of dirt that is completely taken over by weeds one minute and 30 minutes later is clean and weed-free. I love hiking in the mountains close by my house as well.
Read Clair’s full interview here.
Click here to learn more about Clair or to schedule a session with her.
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