My California Marriage and Family Therapist license is now current and renewed until May 31, 2016. Inactive license no more. Yes, that’s right, inactive no more. Coming out of a long, very long, two decade long, sabbatical. Wahoo!

Here are my California Marriage and Family Therapist license stats:

License Number: 29796 Current Date: 05/11/2014 10:01 AM
License Type: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
License Status: License Renewed & Current  
Expiration Date: 05/31/2016
Original Issuance Date: 07/01/1992

Yes, my original license date was July 1, 1992. I graduated with a Masters in Psychology from New College of California in June 1990, was an intern for two years, logged the required 3,000 internship hours, passed my written and oral exams, and received my original license back in 1992. As an intern and later as a licensed psychotherapist, I worked with battered women, severely emotionally disturbed (SED) latency-aged (pre-adolescent) children, pregnant and parenting teenagers, SED adolescent girls in residential treatment, and finally SED adolescent boys in day treatment, until I burned out and fell into a deep depression at the age of thirty. Since then I have not practiced psychotherapy professionally. My training has come in handy, of course, but it has not inoculated me from mental illness or the hardships of life.

It feels good to be back, to reclaim my professional training, to not think of myself as unable to do what I had worked so hard to achieve. Once again I see myself as capable of helping others. And, it feels good, really good.