I work with a variety of adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness. One day however one of my clients came up to me to talk about why he was having such a difficult day. After listening to him explain all the many reasons why he was feeling so anxious and upset, I put my hand on his shoulder and told him that he is braver then he realizes. I further explained that having the courage to come to share his story with me took tremendous strength of character.
He still felt a bit anxious after telling me what was going on, so from there I decided that everytime I saw him I would tease him. And by teasing him I mean that I would say, “I don’t see you smiling, think about all that is great in your life!” This reminded him to be thankful that he has a house to live in, good people to live with, and a paying job. This small act of reaching out to my client and reminding him that there is good in life and that it’s not all about what stresses us out has really turned around his past few days.
~ Jeff B., College Student