Why Mountains?


I think at some point in grad school, every therapist got the memo to brand themselves with some sort of nature image (think lotus flower, pond, or tree). So mountains are in the same realm, but hopefully not as “fluffy”.

I choose big, lofty, cloud covered, ominous and maybe even intimidating, images of mountains for a reason.

Think about yourself at the bottom of that mountain. You’re scared, your overwhelmed, you do not know where to start.

Maybe that’s how you feel right before you decide to start in therapy. When listening to clients tell me why they decided to seek counseling, I am reminded of my own adventures to Colorado and Utah, taking that first ski lift to the summit. My first thought is, “what did I get myself into?”

My thought is, ” What did I get myself into?”

Therapy is not easy. Anyone who signs up for therapy is a very brave and strong person. Therapy, like “climbing a mountain”, is no easy feat.

But think about what its going to feel like at the top of that mountain. When you persist at something that’s hard, you get that feeling- like being at the top of that mountain..

...You’re out of breath, you’re tired, but it’s quiet. It’s just you and you’re looking down at what you just accomplished. The feeling you have is indescribable. But it’s yours and no one did it for you. No one can take that away from you. 

And that is why, mountains.


Thank you for reading.

Published by annkendig

I am a mental health and addiction therapist in Cincinnati Ohio. Happy exploring and may all beings be well.

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