Richard Dama, LPC, Counseling & Clinical Hypnotherapy

Life Goes On

Good morning my friends. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and I just wanted to check in to let you know that I’m still alive (I imagine that money is now exchanging hands from those who picked me in the Dead Pool.)

The past few weeks have been very busy with increased demands from my day job as Director of the Juvenile Center. After almost a year of recruiting, testing and interviewing, we have finally hired a new Clinical Director. While this will eventually reduce my workload by at least a third, getting her properly acclimated and trained has actually increased the demands on my time. But, better to get them off to a solid start than immediately inundate them with the minutia of the position and burn them out before they even get their feet on the ground.

The private practice has also been both a drain and a blessing. As I’m only available to see clients in the evenings, I have still been booked every night and some evenings I have had to book multiple appointments to accommodate the demand. While this makes for very long days, it has also been a source of great joy and accomplishment. I can’t think of a better feeling than seeing a client walk in for their first appointment as a “hot mess” and a few weeks later see them return calmer, happier and more confident. It’s this type of success that re-energizes me and reminds me why I got into this business in the first place.

On the home-front, my wife’s medical conditions have been steadily deteriorating. We have exhausted the skills of all the specialists in the surrounding area and have now begun to regularly trek to the other side of the state to engage the services of the University of Michigan Medical Center. This process is still in its initial stages and we, as always, are trying to remain positive, patient and hopeful. It’s heartbreaking to see the person I love more than my own life going through such a painful and difficult time, but I continue to remind myself that the situation is beyond both our abilities to influence the outcome, so we meditate, take comfort in the daily miracle of simply being alive, consciously choose to remain positive and play the cards we’ve been dealt. Isn’t that the best one can do with life?

I sincerely hope this update finds you well and at peace and that like Susan and I, you continue to choose to have an intentionally great day.



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