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  • Writer's pictureJoanna Pudil, LCSW-R

I’m a Sherpa for the mind!

When people ask me about my role as a therapist I reply that “I’m a Sherpa for the mind”. This usually gets a good reaction and some laughs, but I truly see my role as a Sherpa. You wouldn’t think of climbing Mt. Everest without one, then why would you think of going in your mind without one? A Sherpa is a knowledgeable, local who is highly skilled in carrying your luggage and directing you up a treacherous mountain. Isn’t this the same definition for a therapist? I’m a knowledgeable, local who is highly skilled for leading people through their minds, not Mt. Everest. I would be useless in climbing Mt. Everest. My setting is a safe, comfortable office with you sitting on a couch. That being said, the mind can be a dark forest, over grown with trees and vines. It can be an overwhelming place. You can easily get lost in there if you don’t take a seasoned guide. Am I the perfect Sherpa for everyone? No, but I am a good fit for many. Why am I even talking about Sherpa’s? It’s a new year and many people make goals to get into therapy, along with working out more and eating better. So, if you are one of these individuals who is looking for a therapist, consider using the concept of finding a Sherpa. It is important to take time to find the right Sherpa therapist that fits you. Some questions to ask yourself are ….. Does the gender matter? Ethnicity? Life experience? Clinical methods used? Do you want a therapist who sits and listens or do you want someone who creates a therapeutic conversation? Think about who you would want to help you with your emotional luggage, while guiding you through the slippery slopes of your mind. I want to wish you all the best in finding the right Sherpa therapist for you. It will make all of the difference in your journey.

If I can be of assistance to you please call me at 917.687.9835.


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