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There are some days I sit back and reflect.  Am I where I want to be?  Am I doing everything I can to live my best life possible?

Reflecting can take on a variety of different meanings.  When we look at ourselves in the mirror we are staring at a reflection of what we are.  Do we like what we see?  Are we looking at our flaws?  Who is it that is looking back at us?

Reflection can also mean thinking about our lives as a whole.  Are we doing everything we can to live the most meaningful life possible?  Each day, are we looking at our lives and looking at it with the element of gratitude?

Sometimes I sit back and think about the frailty of life.  It is sobering and scary to think about.  Yet, can looking at the frailty of life also lead us down a different path?

If I take my day today so far, there has been nothing unusual about it.  I am about to see clients and about to try my best to assist each person with their own journey.

Yet, I take my day before me and reflect upon it.  I am humbled when a client allows me the privilege of walking with them to be a different version of themselves.  That is not something I take lightly.  When I work with a client, I encourage them at times to reflect upon their own lives, the choices they are making, and decide if a different path should be taken.

That is a practice I want to engage in more regularly for myself.  Each day I am able to get up is a blessing.  If I take the time to reflect upon that, I can be a better version of my self.  That is the path I journey with my clients on for themselves.

Live your best life possible.

With gratitude,


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Hi and Welcome!

Welcome to Your Best Self! My vision for this site and my counseling practice is exactly that, I would love for people to imagine their best selves and reach for the sky. In my blogs I will be writing about things which are important to me and help you to get to know me, but perhaps more importantly, I want everyone to help themselves to get in touch with who they are. As a start, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensed in the state of NJ. I have worked with many different populations over the years, since I graduated with my Masters Degree from Fordham University in 2000. I would like to think that I have been part of people’s journeys over the years as they fought hard to become the best version of themselves. I invite you to subscribe to my blog and interact with me. I welcome your story.

Alicia Joel -LCSW