This week for my Staying Forever Strong blog series I talked with Clinical Psychotherapist Diane Levy-Rubinstein. We talked about her career and how she handles the balancing act of helping others v. herself.
Why did you decide to go into (your profession)?
I love to learn about people and how they cope. I knew this was my calling as I love to work with people to help them to find their LIFE WORTH LIVING. I also have a sibling who has a mental illness.
What does mental health mean to you?
Mental health is a wide subject. To me it means having the ability to have psychological and emotional intelligence. And insight to help one self so that you can face what you need to live a healthy life.
What is the best thing about what you do?
Watch people find healthy living skills to improve their life.
What is a day in the life like for you at work?
I love my profession. Work for me is energy synergy and continuation of learning.
How do you separate work from home life, especially if it was a tough day?
I have always been able to separate my work from home. I do after house coaching. I take good care of my health and mental health.
What is some advice you have for those struggling with (mental health, illness and or pain)?
Focus on the positives. Stay in the moment. Find ways to empower yourself so you can find your life worth living. Have a solid support system.
Have you had any experince with (mental health, pain or illness) and has that helped or hindered you with work?
Yes with pain. It has enhanced my ability to provide support empathy acceptance and understanding.
Is there anything else you want us to know about you or the field?