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Chief Counselor's Log #1 - So Far, So Good

Posted on Sun Jan 29th, 2017 @ 1:46pm by Lieutenant Ryley Kincaid M.D.

I made it to the Arcadia and I have been officially installed as the ship's Chief Counselor. I'm also pleased to report my quarters were adapted to my specifications by the time I arrived and there is plenty of room for my personal assistant, which is a load off my mind. I always have every faith in my Starfleet colleagues, of course, but I also know from personal experience that hover chair accessibility can mean different things to different people, especially if they have other things on their minds to accomplish. Truthfully, when I received word of my assignment, I was a bit concerned I would feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of the ship and the pace of the comings and goings. Professionally speaking, such activity makes for a diverse work day, but realistically, it could also mean a greater risk for getting lost in the shuffle.

Fortunately, that hasn't been my experience at all, and I am genuinely excited about the challenges ahead. Overseeing the psychological and emotional well-being of essentially a mobile city in space is a daunting prospect, certainly, but I can't help but think my previous assignments have prepared me for such a responsibility. I know I won't be doing anything alone and I look forward to working with my staff as well as my fellow colleagues on the command staff. Thus far, I've interacted with Captain, XO, and CMO, and they've been nothing but welcoming and supportive.

Captain Lee probed a bit deeper into my past than I expected for our first meeting, but I genuinely believe he meant no harm or disrespect by it. He struck me as sincerely curious about my background and my well-being, and as I told him, I can hardly fault him for expressing interest and curiosity in my life when I am obligated as a therapist to do the same. He's invited me to have lunch with him and I was sincerely touched by the invitation. It bodes well for a close professional relationship, which I believe is essential for a Chief Counselor and her command staff.

My meeting with the XO, Commander Slvar, was also positive. I have great respect for anyone who can speak openly about his challenges as openly as he or she does about his or her accomplishments, and I believe the fact the Commander is willing to speak candidly about his struggles to connect with the crew socially and emotionally will only speak well of his capabilities as an XO over time. The best leaders I know never try to hide their flaws, but are willing to acknowledge them and to address them head on. Still, it was clear he was also holding something back from me. At this point, I'm not worried. It takes time to build trust between people, and I don't have any reason to believe if he needs to talk about whatever it is, he would hesitate to come to me. If anything, I have every reason to believe the opposite is true based on our recent interactions.

The CMO also seems professional and quite friendly. I have never worked with a Ferengi colleague before, and I must admit, I'm curious to learn more about her and what brought her to Starfleet and the medical profession. Just as Doctor Foster didn't make a big deal about my hover chair, however, I also don't want to make a big deal of her species. Just as I wish to be a doctor and counselor who happens to be in a hover chair, it wouldn't surprise me if she just wanted to be treated as a healer who happened to be a Ferengi. Like anyone else, I will have to tread carefully to avoid lodging my foot in my mouth.

 

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