This portion of the model will be broken down over a few weeks, in order to provide an opportunity for each aspect to be explored. We will continue with awareness of the experiences in our work, will progress through a few different exercises each week, and then summarize this phase of the model.
In Phase 2 of A-E-I framework (the "E"), we begin to explore the inner workings of the therapist, who he/she is, his/her story, and experiences as a therapist and human being. We delve more deeply into the model of self of the therapist, how we see ourselves, in the context of our work. Additionally, the intention is to learn what to do with these places when we get triggered or stuck, as well as how to better utilize these aspects of our story to benefit the work. The icing on the cake is that the therapist may just very well receive healing they need around some very old wounds, which is just such a wonderful bonus!
Exploring your self in the context of your work is a challenging experience. I encourage you to team up with a colleague buddy, or seek out individual consultation as you begin this exploration.
Elements of Phase 2 include:
Initial questions to explore:
A few of the core areas that therapists have expressed a personal/professional challenge in being a therapist include:
Yes, we are human, too!
Reading Reflection: explore above questions in your personal journal, with a buddy, consultant, or feel free to comment here.
Next Up: Phase 2 ~ Expression of Self ~ Safe Places to Express Yourself
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