I have some really exciting news to share! After months of preparation, I am about to embark on a dream come true. I have just opened my very own private practice. I have to admit that this still seems partially unreal to me. The journey to this day has been one that has consumed much of the last few years of my life. In turn, it has also had a huge impact on my family’s lives, as well. Looking back on the years of working to obtain my degree, while being home with my two children, makes me exceptionally grateful to my husband. Without his sacrifice and support, I would not have found balance between my dedication to both motherhood and career.
In the years that followed, I worked an unpaid internship and had a very intense role as a crisis counselor. This part of the journey admittedly took quite a toll on me mentally, physically and especially emotionally. The work was at times so very overwhelming. The chaotic hours and time away from my family was often a point of personal struggle and stress to the family as a whole. Looking back, I am again so grateful that I was able to get the support I needed to make it through to collect my hours.
Now that the hours have been completed and the NCMHCE is happily a distant memory, I am able to give my dream wings. I have been working for the past number of months to prepare for moving into my own private practice. The process has been far beyond the way I imagined it in my mind. The process of getting all the practical steps, such as, credentialing, renting and designing space, etc., has been an incredible undertaking. I have learned so much but I know that there is still so much more I need to learn through good old-fashioned trial and error and educating myself as I go.
I have found that one of the biggest challenges is trusting that I am truly ready for this. It seems no matter how far we come and no matter what we achieve, we can still allow self-doubt to sneak in on us. I have had many a moment where I cannot really fathom that this is my reality and most importantly, that I earned this! I told a good friend one day, "this dream coming true stuff is hard work". Because emotionally it really can be more difficult than then checking off the massive "to do list" required to make it all happen.
As I sit here is my very own office, I am overcome with a sense of excitement, pride and quite a bit of fear. I have a quote I framed on my desk that inspires me greatly,"Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear" - George Addair.
It is with great joy that I share with you my brand new practice. It is called Senhouse Counseling Services, LLC and is located in Bristol, CT. The practice bears my maiden name in honor of my father. I am dedicated to carrying on his deep love of supporting those who need it. I cannot wait to see what the future will bring. Nicole Michaud is the Owner and Therapist at Senhouse Counseling Services, LLC in Connecticut. She is also the voice behind the cooking Blog MyLoveForCooking.com.