Alonzo Mourning once said “I know all good things must come to an end and I’ve had an incredible ride. I just want to end it on the right note.” Now you might be wondering why this blog is titled the way it is and why I started it off with this quote. The month of June marks the end of my incredible journey here at 3d Psychotherapy. As the client care coordinator, I entered this healing space in September as a timid girl with a plethora of questions regarding mental health and the work of these brilliant and inspiring counselors. I leave today as an empowered, confident, and well-informed young woman who now also strives to make change. I want to use my last blog to reflect on my journey thus far and what I have learned here. So, I present to you my top lessons 🙂
One’s illness does not define them and therefore, should not stop them from greatness. No individual should be characterized by their diagnosis or mere symptoms, be it anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, or anything else. Instead, one is known by their passions, morals, personality traits, qualities, and their drive.
There will always be a stigma in some way, shape, or form. No matter how hard we try, we will always be battling stigma around mental health, be it in our workplace, our families, relationships, and even among strangers. In these environments, the best thing to do is to remain positive and to strengthen your own understanding and awareness of mental health. Take the positives out of the negatives!
Be kind to people. Imagine passing by a stranger on the street or at the grocery store. On the outside, most people look happy or completely “okay.” Believe me when I say that most of the time, you have absolutely no idea of the challenges that this person could be facing. So, show kindness to people when you can. Greet others when you can. Compliment a stranger when you can. Positivity has its own unique radiance.
Self care..self care…and more self care! In the hustle and bustle of today’s world, we often forget to take care of ourselves. We get so busy trying to make money, completing daily tasks, and fulfilling responsibilities that we often forget about our own needs and giving our mind and bodies the rest that they deserve. Relax! Take a breather. Who will take care of you if you can't even take care of you?
Social media is a hoax…most of the time. We all spend so much time scrolling through social media and sometimes, we forget how to differentiate between reality and deception. One of the most toxic things that we can do is to compare ourselves and our lives to others. Remember that most people will not post about their challenges and their difficulties on social media so comparing is only putting yourself in a negative mindset. Instead, cherish your “real-life” moments with family and friends. Trust me, these are the moments that you will always carry with you.
Those are just some of the things that I have learned while working at 3d Psychotherapy. Fear not… I will be passing my baton to our new client care coordinator Fatima Flynn. I am confident that Fatima will carry out her role effortlessly and with a unique flare of her own personality. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Dantzler and the entire clinical geek squad for teaching me everything that they have and for welcoming me to this 3d family with open arms. Next stop: medical school here I come!
About the Author
Shifa Sohani graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Biology in 2021. She served as the Client Care Coordinator at 3d Psychotherapy located in Decatur, GA for the past year. Some of her roles include administrative processes, tracking client participation and capacity, as well as marketing and networking for the company. She enjoys writing as a hobby and loves working with clients during their mental health journeys. Shifa will be starting her new role as a medical student this summer. We could not be more proud of her! She is going to be an amazing doctor.