Sue Gallucci takes a fresh approach to the age-old practice of psychology, calling it “continuing education” for those people seeking emotional wellbeing and improved relationships. Once only considered for those with profound mental illness, psychology has evolved, she notes, to aid a broad spectrum of people, including those who want to improve their lives, taking them to a new level of emotional intelligence. Many of her clients are “hitting it out of the park” in their professional lives, she says, but they are missing elements of success on the personal playing field. “They wake up and find the life they are living just doesn’t feel authentic,” she says. “They are living life according to a script.”
There is a way, Gallucci says, to begin to create a life that is genuine and original to every individual’s personal story. Her tips are about spending time reflecting and dedicating space for self care.
- It’s acceptable to operate with an “it’s all about me” mentality, she says, when it comes to getting in touch with your soul and spirit.
- Once feelings are identified, it’s vital to communicate them to others.
- Getting in touch with one’s physicality is also important. This includes focus on diet, exercise and sensuality/sexuality.
- A well-rounded sense of community is critical for wellbeing. Gallucci says it’s important to “get outside yourself” with the help of family, friends, the broader community and volunteer groups.
- Have a playful spirit. Pulling the nose away from the grindstone can be a healthy break for the psyche.
- If seeking therapy, be sure to secure a qualified professional. Life coaches, for example, may or may not have mental health credentials. Look for therapists who are licensed by the Minnesota Board of Social Work, Minnesota Board of Psychology and the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.
(Sue Gallucci is a licensed independent clinical social worker, psychologist, therapist and life coach. Gallucci specializes in individual and family issues, and medical concerns, including long-term chronic illnesses such as depression, addiction and stress management.)