Crisis or Opportunity?

This print hangs in my office. Before talking about what it means, a little background. It was given to me by a trusted adviser and fellow therapist: my Mother. This print hung in my mother’s psychotherapy office for 20 years and when she retired, she gave it to me. It was made for her by a Chinese friend.

Chinese characters for "crisis"

Sharon Martin LCSW crisis print in office

It says “crisis”. The Chinese word crisis is made up of two characters. One is  “danger” and one is “opportunity”. We all know that a crisis is dangerous. However, we tend to forget that it generally also offers the opportunity for growth, change, for something to be different. It’s something to keep in mind when you are struggling.

Sharon Martin, a licensed counselor and psychotherapist in the San Jose area, specializes in helping adult children of alcoholics and others who struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, and self-criticism. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Campbell, CA where she is available for in-person counseling. Sharon is also the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism.

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