"Swan" By Monique Lang

On my walk the other day, I saw this swan and it reminded me of the Hans Christian Andersen's story of the Ugly Duckling who turned out to be a Swan.

So many of us grew up feeling that we didn't belong. That in some way we were less than. So many of us felt - and some still feel - that we don't belong. 

Yet, many of us are actually Swans. 

How do you honor and accept the truth of who you are? 

What does it take for you to feel pride in your beauty, your talents, your capacities and yet - and here's the trick - stay humble. 

Know that you are unique - and so is everyone else. 

To quote Dr. Seuss: 

Today you are you
that is truer than true.
There is no one alive that is Yourer than you. 

About Monique:   Originally trained in psychoanalysis and Gestalt, I am certified in Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Comprehensive Resource Model and Past Life Regression. I am certified in both Reiki and Shamanic practices and ceremonies. In addition I have been a student of Meditation for over 20 years..

Although I recently moved from New York City to Syracuse (upstate NY), I was born in France, grew up in Central America and have lived in many different states and countries. Although moving around was difficult at the time, it allowed me to experience different cultures, ethnic backgrounds and spiritual orientations. This understanding is helpful in my work with my clients as it enables me to understand and put into context each person’s particular background and way of viewing the world.

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I was an editor and a security analyst for a financial institution, a translator, an office manager for a community action group and program director in a community center where I developed several programs. These varied experiences have given me a wider lens to understand and connect with my clients.

In addition to providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples, I co- leading trips to South America to connect with and learn from Indigenous healers and wise elders, run a variety of workshops, teach clinicians how to use a multi-modal approach in their practices and help individuals and organizations in program visioning and development.

Monique's website: http://www.moniquelanglcsw.com