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The Journey of Transformation

We’re in it Together

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We're in it Together

boat, people, common ground, all in the same boat

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.

boat, people, common ground, all in the same boat

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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