When I started at KLD at the beginning of 2014, I never imagined my journey at the practice to be as incredible as it has been. I have no doubt that every door that closed before this position became available was a blessing in disguise. The last few years have definitely been the most challenging, stretching, and by far the most enjoyable part of my career… and none of it would have been possible without YOU!
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” – Robert Frost
I believe that this quote defines the journey of clients that walk through our doors… It speaks of the courage and bravery to be able to say: I want to do this the right way, follow the road less travelled, the road that involves self love and deep introspection into things that are often very difficult to face, and stems from a desire to heal the food relationship so as to not allow it to dictate every area of their lives. It has been such an honour to walk alongside so many of you – some for weeks, others for months and years – and to see the growth, the development, and the light start to enter areas that were previously perhaps heavy and difficult to face.
Through my journey at KLD, I have learnt that often clients see me as holding the solution to help “fix” them, but really the answers cannot be handed over, but rather it comes through introspection and realizations – always from within.
I have learnt that progress is not linear. One of the major reasons I think people give up, is because progress is seen as steps going forward, and “if I have had a bad day, or a bad week, then I am back to square one”. We also tend to expect progress to look a certain way… but sometimes progress is not packaged the way we think, and rather than bring the sudden relief we hope for, it can be extremely uncomfortable at first. I honestly believe that even something we perceive as a setback can actually be progress. So… I have learnt to embrace the journey with clients, and to not put time limits on progress.
I have learnt that self-love is central to so much. We need to learn that we are valuable, that we are enough, that we hold talents and gifts that nobody else has. Our self-worth is not based on what we LOOK LIKE, what we do, our careers, our children, or our partners - but rather we were created with intrinsic value that cannot be taken away.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of your journey, and for being a part of mine.