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WERE IN IT TOGETHER

I have always said that the peo­ple with which I work are “nor­mal peo­ple who have encoun­tered bumps in the road of life,” or some such anal­ogy. I also have a child’s draw­ing that shows a fam­ily fish­ing in a boat (Sloop John B as a mat­ter of fact) and I have it framed as a rep­re­sen­ta­tion that “we’re all in the same boat.” The mean­ing behind that for me is that my jour­ney and that of my clients’ is the same—we take dif­fer­ent paths at times, are at dif­fer­ent places on the paths, yet the expe­ri­ence of jour­ney­ing through the chal­lenges of life is known to every one of us. Psy­chother­a­pists and other coun­selors are merely helpers who know a bit and under­stand more of the jour­ney and the process, and thus, can help oth­ers move along the path more effec­tively. The key is for the helper to man­age her own trou­bles suc­cess­fully, in order not to get tripped up by them.

 

Sim­i­larly, physi­cians and nurses get ill at times, and need care, and only if they choose not to get help or to deny their med­ical needs does the ill­ness get in the way of help­ing their patients. Attend­ing to one­self is essen­tial for any helper to con­tinue to be effec­tive. Find­ing my way through the bri­ars, pit­falls and thun­der­storms of life, and con­tin­u­ing to use the knowl­edge gained to help oth­ers on the jour­ney inspired this web­site and blog. I hope it will be helpful.

WERE IN IT TOGETHER

I have always said that the peo­ple with which I work are “nor­mal peo­ple who have encoun­tered bumps in the road of life,” or some such anal­ogy. I also have a child’s draw­ing that shows a fam­ily fish­ing in a boat (Sloop John B as a mat­ter of fact) and I have it framed as a rep­re­sen­ta­tion that “we’re all in the same boat.” The mean­ing behind that for me is that my jour­ney and that of my clients’ is the same—we take dif­fer­ent paths at times, are at dif­fer­ent places on the paths, yet the expe­ri­ence of jour­ney­ing through the chal­lenges of life is known to every one of us. Psy­chother­a­pists and other coun­selors are merely helpers who know a bit and under­stand more of the jour­ney and the process, and thus, can help oth­ers move along the path more effec­tively. The key is for the helper to man­age her own trou­bles suc­cess­fully, in order not to get tripped up by them.

 

Sim­i­larly, physi­cians and nurses get ill at times, and need care, and only if they choose not to get help or to deny their med­ical needs does the ill­ness get in the way of help­ing their patients. Attend­ing to one­self is essen­tial for any helper to con­tinue to be effec­tive. Find­ing my way through the bri­ars, pit­falls and thun­der­storms of life, and con­tin­u­ing to use the knowl­edge gained to help oth­ers on the jour­ney inspired this web­site and blog. I hope it will be helpful.

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