Damon's Beginnings

What intrigued me to start this private practice in helping community members live their best, most meaningful, and fulfilling lives?

My inspiration comes from my own family. My own dysfunctional family, which I learned as I got older, is just as dysfunctional as all other families. Some of us like to yell, some of us like to respond emotionally and explosively, some of us like to remove themselves to process information, some of us tend to get defensive as a primary reaction, and some are more empathetic than others. And that’s just to name a few things. I blamed my family and upbringing for a lot of my shortcomings and felt like there was nothing I could do about it.

So what is so terrible about my family? Depression and cancer runs in my family. Both are genetic, so I found myself in a constant struggle to keep myself well and happy. You may feel that depression is not as severe as the other conditions that I treat, but “the struggle is real.” For all of us. One important lesson I have learned is that we all “suffer” in our own way, and none of us have the right to compare or judge someone else’s suffering. What you can do, though, is acknowledge your own suffering and take steps toward minimizing and/or eliminating it, as well as building up the positive things in our lives.

Although my family and my upbringing have a large impact on my thinking processes and corresponding actions and inactions, I have since learned to increase awareness of my strengths and how I can use them to overcome my limitations. I learned that I could choose to build up my confidence in public speaking, I could choose to make little steps toward being more social, I could choose to respond to unexpected events with positivity rather than frustration and anger, and I could choose to turn my negative self-talk into positive self-talk.

At first, to do this was a daily struggle. Over time though, the changes I made to my thinking and actions became a little easier. Soon enough, I learned that my positivity also affects the people surrounding me in a positive way, and that has motivated me to continue spreading this hopefulness and overall good vibe. I have developed a desire to help others take charge of their lives and to feel hopeful that change is possible.

My ultimate dream is to become an in-house occupational therapist to corporate companies and for all corporate companies to eventually invest in an occupational therapist to promote employee wellness. By doing so, employees are healthier, happier, more productive, and less likely to be injured. I would love to continue educating everyday employees on how they can take steps to prevent injury and disease and promote health and wellness within and outside their workplace. I eventually also want to create a mandatory “Life Skills” program for students from PreK-college in which they learn to develop healthy lifestyles, habits, routines, and roles.

Through this blog, I hope to share insight and tips on how each of us can take steps toward living positively, no matter the ailment, limitation, disease, or condition. I also appreciate and welcome comments, so if there is something you would like to read about, please shoot me an email!

Thank you for stopping by and reading! 

Jessica May