Ok, I know Sam isn’t your real name but I take confidentiality seriously and since I am sending this to everyone, today you are Sam. I wanted to use this space to thank you for taking our work seriously and being an ardent advocate of psychotherapy and sound mental health.
You are not one to hide behind your resources, rather I have experienced you as someone who, with confidence, proclaims how helpful therapy is and have evolved far past the stigma of mental health as an issue to find shame in. You have always advocated for therapy and worn it like a proud shield. Like a badge collected by girl and boy scouts, I’m sure you would add it to your sash if obtaining helpful resources for your health were something adults did.
More importantly, I am impressed with your commitment to this process and grit to arrive on time, every week. You engage with high intentions to go deep, build insight, and take direction. You understand the value of our sessions and have used our time together as a compass to ground you in readiness for life’s challenges. You understand the value that 90% of success in therapy happens outside the therapy room. Every week you report growing insights and experiences to enhance and obtain your goals.
Lastly, it has been a privilege to work with you and be that fly on the wall to witness up close your intimate life experiences, both in pain and joy. I am grateful and impressed that you have trustingly shared your vulnerability with me. It is not easy to open up about our traumas, fears, problems, and relational issues. You are a brave soul and are a better person when you look deep into the mirror. As a result, I have seen you grow your relationships and access a more comfortable you.
It is a gift you know you in such an authentic and personal space. Thank you for everything you have taught me about being human, about our frailties, and how we can rise above them with our strengths, effort, and resources.
Keep up the good work, and thank you for being a role model for others as you continue to advocate for your mental health and peak potential.
With respect and gratitude,