This week will be my last session with my Psychiatrist. I’ve been working with her for the past 6 years. This letter is a culmination of my gratitude and feelings for our time together. Be encouraged practitioners and patients. Sometimes, it’s all about the journey.
What do I say after 6 years of laughter, smiles, hugs, anger, tears, and punches (to the couch)? How do I bring to close some of the most meaningful moments in my life because of the insights you’ve led me to? I have to say, up to this point, this will be the hardest break up I’ve ever had to initiate in my life.
Over the years, we’ve talked about girl issues, daddy issues, mommy issues, political issues, religious issues; I think you get the point, but Doc, I want you to know that what I will remember most is not what you said, but how you’ve made me feel. I will never forget that.
I’ll never forget that when we first met, you were totally into me as a person. You always talked about wishing you could hook me up with one of your friends. From that moment, I’ve felt like a little brother.
I’ve felt like family.
I remember driving and calling to tell you “My grandma died.” *Silence*. The small part of me that could feel, felt your concern and heartache, because I knew you hurt for me in that moment.
I’ve felt your empathy.
Without knowing it, you’ve called me one of my most treasured nicknames “Dan 6”.
I’ve felt your friendship.
You’ve introduced me to a mantra that makes me smile every time I hear it “You’re awesome, Dan 6!” It’s my life quest now— to be awesome!
I’ve felt your approval.
You’ve told me on more than one occasion, ‘I’m praying for ya’.
I’ve felt your compassion.
You’ve also introduced me to the beautiful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.
I’ve felt your wisdom.
I’m also eternally grateful for you holding my hand, when I was suicidal, and saying “Dan, it’s time to go to the hospital..”
I’ve felt a connection with you in my darkest hours.
Most importantly, my dear Doctor, you’ve offered me consistency, an open ear, continuous challenges, and have never given up on me.
I’ve felt your encouragement.
Finally, I want to thank you Doc for being a great psychiatrist, an amazing counselor, experienced guide, and wonderful friend.
With all my gratitude and appreciation,
PS: Thanks for the Lindt Lindor Chocolates. Best Christmas Birthday gift EVER!