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Three psychologists on their love for work and love for life

Psychology, The Health Industry

This February we wanted to celebrate love not just on Valentine’s Day, but all month long. We wanted to know what it is that psychologists love about their careers. Here’s what we found……

Grant Brecht, Managing Director and Psychologist at Insight Elite Performance Psychology:

“For me, helping people have a flexible, Adaptable, Rational, Positive and Solution Focused approach to the issues in their lives provides me with a real meaningful pursuit and something that keeps me passionate and loving my journey as a Psychologist for nearly 35 years. I love the fact that my experience and skill set can help people help themselves make the most of the situations they encounter as they journey through life, keep things in perspective and hopefully live fulfilling lives and help and assist others to do the same. Psychology has given me the opportunity to give a lot, and get a lot. Love what I do and will continue to do it as long as I am able.”

Oliver Brecht, Director and Psychologist at Insight Elite Performance Psychology:

Oliver Brecht“What I love about my job is that each day you get the opportunity to help people recapture the love in their lives. Love for themselves, love for others and love for life. Mental health issues can sap the enjoyment out of life for people and seeing them recapture this “zest” is very rewarding. Learning to love yourself and all the unique nuances of your personality and way you think goes a long way to helping individuals build their resilience to the strains and stressors life can present. Helping individuals achieve this is what I love about my job.”

Breanna Sada, Psychologist at Talking Psych:

“Even though my job is very serious most of the time I love being able to have fun with my clients/audience teaching them and helping them better their lives.

Scenarios of client turn around

I have been lucky enough to see many clients and families find themselves in much improved circumstances. One in particular stands out for me when an employee who recovered from Mental Health issues trained as a Mental Health first Aid instructor and trained his co-workers in how to help others with Mental Health concerns.

Ways in which quality of life can improve for a client

Clients often report an increase in sleep, work productivity and enjoyment of activities again. A true indicator that quality of life I believe from observing my clients is the improvement of relationships with partners, children, friends and families. A older client once rang me towards the end of our time together to tell me that she would be late as she was having coffee with her daughter whom she did not see often and I demanded that she cancel her session with me and make it a long lunch with her daughter and I’d see her next week. If people are enjoying others company their quality of life is improving.

How people define what happiness is for them and then find it within themselves

One client described to me that being happy meant being able to sit by yourself and smile and at the end of our sessions she reported that she not only could smile on her own but even found herself laughing at memories and plans she was making. She recommended a client to me a few months later and they said I am here because I want to smile again like her, it warmed my heart.”

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