Over the years, I have heard conversations from my fellow mental health professionals bemoaning the frustration of working for agencies they don’t respect, abiding by policies that don’t make sense and standing by while colleagues offer services below the standard we would want for our own families.
I have had meaningful discussions with professionals that are looking for places to practice where they feel respected, valued and like they are being fairly compensated for the good work they do.
What I know for sure is that it is that trying to fit into an agency that is just not a good fit for you is a sure fire recipe for burnout.
Sometimes it’s just a matter of getting clearer about the kind of work you want to do and finding a place you can call home….somewhere that is a values match, a place that is in alignment with why you came to this field in the first place.
Other times…not fitting in is a sign.
Sometimes not fitting in is a sign that you were born to stand out. Sometimes not fitting in indicates that you have a unique perspective and way of doing things that can change the status quo in our field. Every great agency started with someone that was brave enough to branch out and advance our field by building something of their own.
Just for a moment…examine the frustration you feel. Is it just time for a new position in a new place…or is it time to create something altogether different? A place you can call your own. Sometimes you don’t fit in for a reason.
If you feel the tug to build a practice of your own…be brave enough to build something that is a real reflection of who you are and the unique contribution you can make to the field of mental health. There may be other professionals waiting to be a part of what you create. You will never know until you put yourself out there to make it happen.
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