New Beginnings

With the new school year comes lots of new beginnings, new faces, new books, new opportunities, a new chance to start fresh. The fall air is filled with eagerness and excitement. Perhaps it is anticipation of what might be in store for us as we know we are on new ground where new experiences are apt to happen.

And with new beginnings, there is an ending to the old. It is true we might miss the old, whether it is the last year’s teacher, or a classmate who isn’t in our class this year, or the school which we have left to move on into our next stage. But we must end the old to start the new. As doors shut, new doors open, giving us new opportunities to develop and grow. Without change we can’t grow. So although there is sadness with endings, there is also a knowing that we must allow for the new.

And just like the new school year, we at Wholeness Healing Center are experiencing endings with new beginnings as well. Several therapists have left Wholeness Healing Center this summer for new opportunities for themselves. And because these opportunities are good for each of them, they are right for us as well. This gives us an opportunity to bring in new people who are able to bring in new areas of expertise, allowing us to diversify and make more resources available to our clients.

Cindy Bennett, Julie Schlachter, and Joan Schwan have moved from WHC into new areas in their lives. Julie will continue to be at WHC part-time. We wish each of them the best as they dive into their new beginnings. And we gratefully acknowledge the pieces of themselves that they have left with us through their involvement with us. Being a part of us has changed us and we will miss them and their contribution to our practice. It has been said that if there is an opening, it will fill in naturally with the new. It is a matter of allowing the opening to be there so that new things can come into our lives. Well, this certainly has been true for us here.

New people have come in to allow us to expand our services and become more diversified. We welcome Dorothy Molczyk, JoDee Gerritsen, Jody Johnson, and Mary Muller to our group here. They are new faces with new experiences and education that offer us those new opportunities to offer you. I know that change can be hard, but I also believe we need it to continue to grow. We will miss the staff who have left and we are excited to have new people coming in as well. We will be introducing the new staff in our newsletters. So as you see new faces, consider taking the time to say hello and meet them as we welcome them each aboard. And watch the process as our development grows. Change many not always be easy but it always opens new doors giving us new experiences.

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  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
    Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

  • Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.


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