Welcome! This is the blog associated with my therapy practice, Horizon Mental Health. This being my first post, I thought I should explain why I chose “Horizon” for the name.
A few years ago I went though a difficult time in my life. Perhaps I’ll discuss that more in future posts, but for now I’ll focus on what it felt like at that time. I had a very specific metaphor that kept coming back to me, that of being in a vast body of water. It was cold and I was weary from treading for so long. It was all I could do to keep my head above. I was exhausted and I didn’t know which way to go. I could see land but it was so far away on the horizon I didn’t believe I could get there.
So I went to a therapist.
And it was incredibly helpful.
Sticking with the metaphor, she threw me a life preserver so I could take a minute to catch my breath. She helped me refocus on the various directions I might go and reminded me that I already know how to swim. My therapist also reminded me that the one who created the sea and who walks on water was with me and would not let me drown.
Ultimately, I made it to that distant place that I had seen on the horizon. And I arrived there stronger, more fit to manage life’s challenges, and better able to make it to the next place on another horizon. Seeing a therapist also showed me that I have the skills to ‘sit in the other chair’ and that I am called to do that work. Therapy is not magic. But it can have an impact that feels almost magical in the way it can transform lives.
I don’t know where you are in life. But if you are struggling, I want you to know that therapy can be incredibly powerful and life-changing. It’s difficult admitting that you don’t have it all together, calling a therapist, or accepting help. I shared this post in my hope that someone reading it who is in a vulnerable place might have the courage to seek therapy. You have no idea what might be on the horizon.