Introducing: Pay No Attention to the Woman Behind the Curtain

Welcome to my blog.  I’m calling it “Pay Not Attention to the Woman Behind the Curtain”.

If something about it sounds familiar, it’s my female take on the line of from the classic movie, Wizard of Oz:

It resonates with me for a number of reasons:

1) I, like many people, have an external picture I present to the world.  And moreover, since my work has been as a Registered Psychotherapist, it also gave me a professional reason, or some may say, a responsibility, to not have much of myself and the person behind the psychotherapist “out there”.  (If you’re curious to learn more about the clinical reasons behind this, this may be of interest: Therapy disclosure: Why all the secrecy?)

2) I am a shy introvert (more on these ‘labels’ to follow), but also believe in my own way, possess a certain creativity, curiosity and crave expression (hey!  alliterations!).  But based on my number of insecurities, inconsistencies and so forth, I have shied away and had many previous justifications for not ‘creating’ in this ‘age of creators’.

3) Stuff behind curtains are inherently interesting.  Doesn’t everyone want a peak behind the curtain?  Sure, it’s not exactly Let’s Make a Deal, but there’s some kind of inherent appeal, right?

While this idea is essentially the same as the ‘opening the kimono’ phrase that’s often used now, as a Japanese woman, I find the Oz analogy less intrusive and well… less creepy.

My take is this: I’m no different than anyone else.  I don’t possess all the answers and whatever answers I may have are ones that I have pursued and learned on my own through experimenting and living.

It could be that metaphorically, I have journeyed a few steps ahead of you, but it could also be that you may be a few steps ahead of me and that there is always much to learn along these varying and winding paths.

So, whatever I might find on this path or come across roadside, I may stop and explore.  And some of those things might end up here.  My very own ‘museum of curiosities’ of sorts.

My intent is to share the things I have learned, things I am learning, things I find of interest, thing that have worked for me and whatever else that piques my curiosity to share.  Or maybe something that just makes me go hmmmm… or something that brings a smile to me and perhaps then for you, too.

It’s an experiment and here’s another piece of disclosure, because this project is going to be a challenge for me, it may take me a while to find my stride.  So I anticipate that things might change along the way and I hope at the very least there might be some nugget of something here of interest for you.

In my mid-20’s, I had a realization that I wanted to dedicate a significant part of my life to something of meaning.  It lead me to work supporting people in many different capacities.

Now in my mid-40’s, I wish to try to help and support in as many ways as I can… which these online means provides.

I am grateful for your interest and attention, and I hope to be able to give back with meaning and value.

With that said, and it will be included in each of my posts, but whatever information and thoughts I share here is intended for informational purposes only.  If you have any specific concerns, please consult a qualified health-care professional.  I do believe that knowledge is power, but context is just as important.

Mio Yokoi is a registered psychotherapist, certified neurofeedback brain trainer and total wellness coach. Since 2009, she has dedicated thousands of hours to supporting others with empathy and compassion in private practice and continual striving to possess overall five factor health.

The information provided on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, prevent a specific condition, or the assessment of a specific health condition. They are instead intended for information purposes and not meant to replace the attention or advice of an appropriate health-care professional. Anyone wishing to embark on any psychological, dietary, supplementary, exercise or other lifestyle change intended to prevent or treat a specific condition, concern or disease should consult and seek clearance from a qualified health-care professional.

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