Coral Gables Counseling Center - Wednesday, December 08, 2021
By Mirta Pont, LCSW,

As we come to the end of another year, it is beneficial to review the recent past.  Personally, I am better off at the end of this year than at the beginning.

I have been healthy while overcoming minor health challenges.
My family is healthy.
I haven’t had any crises.
I have had the luxury of the status quo.
I may not be in the same place next year.  But today, I’m okay.

My clients are a blessing; they inspire me with their strength, their hope, and most of all, their trust in me and in the therapeutic process. Sometimes they feel they haven’t made progress. This is where we get to reflect on where they’ve been and where they are now.  I ask them, “Would you say you are better or worse off than when we started working together?”

In listening to their stories or daily life experiences, I hear how they have changed their behavior to people or situations that baffled or intimidated them.  I encourage my clients to reflect often (on paper).  This will help them appreciate all that has happened and how they have dealt with it.

Every year brings positives and negatives.  Look into the past and check on what has worked and what has not. Then decide how to move forward.