University of San Francisco 2003
Licensed since 2005
Goldman Institute on Aging
Family Matters Inc
Throughout my life, I have followed my fascination with humanity and its ability to teach through storytelling. That led me to the University of San Francisco to study Psychology, and I was fortunate to be able to do my Practicum at the Goldman Institute on Aging in San Francisco. Working with elderly clients doing weekly Psychodynamic therapy, provided a rich and compelling look at life from the last chapter, seeing how things ended up after so many life choices.
It was enlightening to see the whole story and listen to all the chapters that brought my clients to where they were at the end. It was clear that some people had been able to find themselves at the end of their life with feelings of happiness and accomplishment. They were surrounded by loving family, financially comfortable and had made it to old age with few regrets. Sadly the opposite was often true. Many elderly clients found themselves lacking support or goodwill from their families and unable to provide for themselves now that life was truly complicated.
None of our lives are easy, and it is important to learn from past generations who figured out ways to make it through the inevitable adversity and found peace at the end of their lives. The best we can really hope is that we have as few regrets as possible and we set ourselves on a thoughtful life path.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom”
Now I also work with younger clients to help them identify a solid life path, to help fortify them from pitfalls, and focus them on long term future happiness. Self discovery is critical before finding a partner.
Partnering skills are essential to building a loving long term relationship. Working within your partnership to push towards mutual goals and also maintain your individual goals takes work and support, and the results can be life changing. By spending our energy on building our own future rather than on a cycle of unfulfilling relationships that keep us stuck, we move forward.
By examining core values and your hopes and dreams we can create a long term life path that you can use every day to decide where to put your vital attention and energy. Learning to acquire a growth mindset, and learning how to prioritize which choices to make, are important skills that can help a young person live smarter not harder.
© 2024 Chaney Statler