Enneagram Type 2 wishing it was as easy to ask for help as it is for me to give it – NY – United States – Together Letters | Together Rising

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It’s my first year out of college & I’m navigating switching my clients with autism over to telehealth. I’m a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. I’m also a long time therapy-goer & enneagram type 2. I give a lot of energy and support to my clients every day and I love my work. I have been noticing that I’m left wanting some support and encouragement in return. I want to feel seen & asking others to provide that is hard.


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  • Tiffani in MI
    How brave and vulnerable for you to be asking for what you need! The amount of change and adaptation you are dealing with at a time of transition is bound to weigh on you. It is okay to be feeling a little sad or stretched thin. You are doing great things! You matter. You deserve to be given the care that you so freely give to others. Hang in there! Sending all the good vibes from Michigan.
  • Kate in MA
    You are so beautiful! A lovely soul in a shining smile! You are seen and held up in support and appreciation. Your job is so difficult and so important. Thank you for all the good work you are doing.

    I wonder if you might explore your own self care and check in with whether you are nurturing the parts of yourself that are feeling dry and empty? I have discovered great peace through art, gardening, cooking, letter-writing, and being outdoors. Whatever feeds your soul is essential at this lonely time. Give yourself the gift of taking care of you!
  • You are amazing!
  • Chris
    Hello there! I am a mom of a now 22 year old son with autism. I want to let you know how much all the treatment and therapies my son received from the time he was 3 and going forward helped him. I have always been so grateful for all the teachers, assistants, therapists etc. all thru the years! What you do is such critical work!!
    We ran into one of his teacher aides many years after she had worked with him (she was now volunteering with an equestrian therapy program) and she was amazed at his
    progress-"He is talking and being spontaneous!" She hadn't seen the results of what she done at the time she was doing them and I was so happy for her to see her work
    had made such a difference!
    I believe I am also an Enneagram 2 and I try to always let people know when they are doing a great job as often we are the behind the scenes folks who quietly get the job done and don't always get the recognition and validation we deserve. Bravo to you!!



  • Jacque
    I love your vulnerability! You already are on your way to asking for help. You did now! You keep up the good work and keep trusting life to keep protecting you
  • Kate
    Hi Amanda,
    Could I send you a letter? I'm a full time nanny and a part-time SLP in Early Intervention, and I hear you! My e-mail is kates1268@gmail.com if you'd be willing to send your address.
    Sending love <3
  • Mary,
    Amanda,
    Try to remember, as Brené Brown says, asking for help is a sign of courage, not a weakness. You are courageous for asking to have your needs met. I see you and I support you. As a retired special education teacher, who has worked with a lot of individuals with autism (many with challenging behaviors) I guarantee you, that even when you don’t feel supported or encouraged, there will be days when a client has a break through, or will say or do something that touches you in such a special way that it will be all the encouragement you need. Hang in there. Transitions are hard. Sometimes life is hard, but is also fun, crazy, wonderful, and rewarding. Sending love & support!
  • Mary,
    Amanda,
    Try to remember, as Brené Brown says, asking for help is a sign of courage, not a weakness. You are courageous for asking to have your needs met. I see you and I support you. As a retired special education teacher, who has worked with a lot of individuals with autism (many with challenging behaviors) I guarantee you, that even when you don’t feel supported or encouraged, there will be days when a client has a break through, or will say or do something that touches you in such a special way that it will be all the encouragement you need. Hang in there. Transitions are hard. Sometimes life is hard, but is also fun, crazy, wonderful, and rewarding. Sending love & support!
  • Taylor
    Amanda! You are doing the work!! You are courageous for doing the work you do and impacting the lives of others in need. That is a hero! It's okay to struggle sometimes, and you are strong to ask for support and love in return. Sending you a big virtual hug.
    Kindly,
    Taylor, a mom of two little ones in New Jersey
  • Jeanette
    Amanda, you are loved and appreciated more than you know. It doesn't always show but it's there. xoxo
  • Virginia
    Amanda-
    Congrats on college, I know things must feel overwhelming right now but day by day you'll get through it. If you have trouble asking for help, use this time of transition to become more comfortable with it. Trust me, in law school I learned just how valuable it is to be able to take advantage of all the resources around you and not just try to do everything yourself.

    The hard times will pass and you'll get through it and you'll be all the better for it. Good luck with everything, thanks for all your important hard work. Sending you lots of love and luck!
  • Melissa
    You should be so proud of the important work you’re doing. Now more than ever. You are seen. You are valued and you are special!
  • Tracy L.

    Amanda - I got you! emailing now.