As a psychotherapist, my practice has grown, not just through formal education and post-graduate learning, but through my own experience as a therapy client. Working with clients continually activates implicit memories — memories hiding in our bodies, old unfinished business that keeps us blocked, personally and professionally. Achieving excellence as a therapist is, to a great extent, equivalent to being fully, authentically human: grappling with our vulnerability and pushing toward greater self-knowledge.
The self is our most powerful tool. In our business, we are obligated to keep it honed.
In every town I’ve lived in there were the “therapists who see therapists,” deeply authentic, wise humans who could help me on my healing path but knew I would be put off by pat epiphanies, pithy mantras, and slick marketing.
As I’ve gone around town to agencies teaching about healing compassion fatigue, many people have asked me for referrals to the “therapists who see therapists.” These are seasoned, local colleagues who I think do outstanding work with their fellow professionals.
In addition to being willing to offer my list to you, I also counsel therapists and other healers who are wanting psychotherapy: to sharpen their self-awareness, transcend the inordinate stress of this deeply human work, mitigate the physical, psychological, and spiritual effects of helping people heal from adversity, trauma, and loss, and clarify their vision for why they do this important work.