Courage is not something that most of us think about during our daily lives. If we did we would acknowledge the fact that for some of us it takes courage to wake up and begin another day. For some of us it takes courage to acknowledge that we have hurt someone and need to apologize. For others it takes courage to face something terrible that happened to us and seek out help to resolve it. Courage is seeing the danger in a situation and doing it anyway. Those dangers do not have to be visible to the naked eye. They do not have to be in wartime or in a violent situation. They can be very personal. It can be because our personal situation is such that getting around is not that easy or that we have experienced some kind of trauma. Getting up in the morning can and often times is difficult for people in those situations. It takes courage to get up anyway, even though you know you will face the day to come having to deal with those situations or the ramifications that those situations have caused and continue to cause. Life is not easy or fair. For some of us it seems more difficult then for others. We will never be given more then we can handle. For all of us it takes courage. It takes determination to continue no matter how difficult it may get and that takes courage.
I became a therapist in an attempt to understand my own childhood and what happened there and how it made me who I am, exhibiting the behaviors that were not always positive, very often self-destructive. I used Art Therapy to help me understand things in my past that were stopping me from making better decisions in my present day. I used Behavioral Science to help me understand underlying causal factors, roots to the present day behaviors that I was seeing in myself. Both help me to change those behaviors/thoughts that were causing me to make self-destructive decisions that were causing pain in life. I have been a therapist since 1985 and have an undergraduate degree Art and behavioral science (double major) from the University of Maine. My graduate work was done at Marywood university and I have a degree in Art Therapy. I have certificates in Forensic Interviewing and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior therapy. I have 22 out of 30 credits toward a degree in Trauma Therapy from Drexel University. I started out as a Community Support Worker, Program Manager/Clinical Supervisor, Family therapist and Outpatient therapist. View all posts by dtoomey2015