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2019 Tidbits & to-Do's - morsels to spark curiosity
As you are considering exploration and expression of your inner self, please consider:
For many of us, we work in private practice in isolation; we are in the room with our clients on our own. So then what?
I have grown to appreciate that the more secure I have become in myself, in the responses of trusted colleagues/family/friends, I have grown more secure, capable and able in my work with clients. Trusting I am in the hearts of my colleague family of friends, the more I am able to hold onto the truth of not being alone in my life, the more secure I can be when I am on my own. It is distinguishing feeling alone versus lonely sometimes. Our work can be very lonely and isolating. Holding onto that sometimes people can’t be right there at the very moment you reach out, but knowing and trusting they care, and will respond when they can, helps soothe us when we are on our own.
Reading Reflection: Consider the above questions in your personal journal, reach out to a secure attachment figure, or share here.
Next Up: Phase 2 – The Felt Experience in Reach and Response
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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