I consider myself to be young in the field, the people I help “needs” don’t treat me as if I’m young. Let me explain…A client doesn’t know or sometimes even care what experience a therapist has for their particular issue. They just know that they can no longer hold their issue and they need someone else to help!! I haven’t had the experience of a client saying, “Oh no, I have “real” issues and you need a certain number of years to handle this information!” I wish my very first FEW client would have told me that, because I remembering walking away feeling and probably looking like, “What just happened, I wasn’t expecting this…this is day ONE!” In other professions you get to build up to the more difficult task, but when you work with people in a therapeutic capacity day one could be equivalent to other professions year 12. For example, in working in the business world your supervisor usually doesn’t trust you with a billion dollar account on day one or maybe EVER! When working in community mental health being able to manage a “billion dollar” account on day one is what I feel help you to grow as a professional. Unlike business, you grow and then get the account! In this journey as a clinician I feel that growth is inevitable. Your capacity for others change as well as for yourself. Your level of compassion increases every time “you’re not ready”. I believe experience is our greatest teacher. We all have something to offer; the wounded and the healer alike.
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It’s great to get an inside scoop on what these therapy sessions are actually like. Seems like you never know what you’re getting into because ever session is completely different from the last. The human mind is a beautiful mystery.
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First, let me say that I am proud that you are blogging👏🏽 I am very glad that I have you as a friend and now a therapist☺️ The freedom of unloading all of my life’s drama out during our phone sessions is liberating and give me a sense of clarity when it’s all said and done. Thank you for being trusting & a great listener❤️
Good post. I also work in community mental health at a residential center where the length of stay is only nine days. It can be very frustrating to try and help the person change their life course in nine days, maybe two or three hours with them is all I am going to get. I can see their scars and wounds and I try not to pick their scabs off. Some days I think the best I can do is to offer them a map, some choices and a reassurance that someone cares about their trajectory.
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