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A message from the Clinic Director:
I started Simply Thrive Psychotherapy, PLLC as an individual therapist in 2014, after working in a larger group practice for our years. The thought behind the name of my practice relates to the ability we all have to make choices in our life. I truly believe that despite the challenges we face in our life we can choose to make different, better decisions for ourselves. I did not know this at the time, but this belief was written about by Viktor Frankl. I will share with you two quotes from Viktor Frankl that illuminate this belief:
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
*Viktor Frankl was a 20th century psychiatrist who founded the field of logotherapy. A Holocaust survivor, he wrote the best-selling book, Man's Search for Meaning.
My other inspiration comes from nature, it fascinates me that a forest fire can destroy absolutely everything in its path, yet that very fire sets the groundwork for a richness of growth to come in future years. Another example is that of the butterfly. The butterfly starts out its life as a caterpillar- short, stubby and not very pretty. When the caterpillar enters Chrysalis- this is a time of Metamorphosis- when rapid changes are occurring to the tissue, limbs and organs of the caterpillar that complete the change into a butterfly. How wonderful is this natural transformation! I like to think of the challenges we face in our life, including extreme trauma, to be similar to the Metamorphosis that a caterpillar undergoes to become a butterfly. I am sure that during Chrysalis there is much pain experienced with all the changes occurring to the body of the caterpillar, however as this occurs naturally in the development of the butterfly, there must be the innate ability of the caterpillar to endure this pain. This makes me think of another Frankl quote:
“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.” ― Viktor Frankl
The process of therapy is not to undue the suffering that you have experienced in life, but to find meaning in your life's journey.
I started the clinic in 2018, this decision came out of a growing frustration that I was only one provider and the amount of people that I could help was limited. I came to understand that if I created a clinic where I recruited well-educated, talented mental health professionals, we as a team could help more people then I could as a solo provider. Alas, it has not been possible for me to clone myself (yet) but I feel confident that the clinicians on our team are not only well-educated and talented, but are committed to improving the quality of mental health services that are offered to the public. The clinicians at Simply Thrive are diverse in their life experiences and their clinical work.
If you are looking for some extra guidance and support through a challenging situation, or have chosen to move forward in a new direction, or if you have been struggling for what feels like your whole life, engagement in the right type of therapy at the right time can provide you the momentum to Simply Thrive in your life. Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being.
-Nichole Seymanski, Psy.D.
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