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Ready, Set....no, Thank you
I remember exactly where I was, and the elation I felt, when I read the words, “Congratulations on your admission to the Master’s Program in Counseling, Northwestern University”. I had wanted, or so I thought, to pursue a career in Counseling for over a decade, and was beyond excited (and quite frankly, honored) to have been admitted to Northwestern.
I was due to matriculate in April, and as the weeks went by, and the paperwork, meetings, and correspondence began trickling (alright, pouring) in, something deep within me started to churn, and I was overcome with a tremendous sense of dread. It wasn’t the thought of going back to school. No, I had done that several times before, both as a young, and then later, single parent. It wasn’t that I was afraid of change, or felt like I couldn’t “hack it”. I genuinely enjoy change, and I love a good challenge. There was something else.
It took weeks, but after A LOT of self reflection and analysis, I realized that my dread wasn’t stemming from the work of counseling, I knew from my professional and personal experience that I loved partnering with people to develop strategies for overcoming obstacles and personal challenges, it was the context. I had to decide: do I want to work in the field of recovery, or do I want to continue my work in the field of growth and human potential? As with any crossroads, it was a difficult decision (and involved a fair amount of ego...I mean...Northwestern), but thanks to a lot of support from my friends, family, and *ahem*, therapist, I realized I already had the skills and education I needed to do the work I wanted, I was just going about it the wrong way. So welcome. I look forward to the possibility of sharing this journey with you.
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