“Similar to a butterfly, I've gone through a metamorphosis, been released from my dark cocoon, embraced my wings, and soared!”
As a child, something about the butterfly always intrigued me. Like most children, my teacher taught us about the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into the butterfly. We would collect caterpillars climbing on the leaves and put them into their new habitat where they would form their cocoon and begin their journey into becoming a butterfly.
I have noticed that there is a similar journey that my clients go through when they are in therapy. At first, they are very scared of change and they retreat into things that are comforting to them. Sometimes these are unhealthy coping skills like substance abuse, anger, or denial. When they come to therapy, they learn new skills, understand what caused them to retreat into their negative space, and begin their own journey into this metamorphosis. I have had people tell me that they feel like a new person because they see things differently and their self-confidence is soaring!
I invite you all to take a look back, look at who you were, and how far you have come.