When asked about the reason for becoming a therapist, most mental health professionals will cite the primary reason being wanting to help others. I wanted to become a therapist in order to help myself become as emotionally healthy as possible. I rightly assumed working on myself would lead to a deeper understanding of the underlying issues that keep many of us stuck. After gaining the understanding on a personal level of how change could significantly improve the quality of our lives, my motivation to help others then became the focus of my continued professional growth and therapy practice over these many years. But of course, the real learning comes from the individuals I’ve worked with over the years.