The Honor of Being a Therapist
May 20, 2010 · Posted in Communication, Mental Health, Parenting, Therapy · Permalink

2008_05_iStock_000003796974Medium-325x494-1People ask all the time, “How can you sit there hour after hour listening to people’s problems?” Here’s how. Imagine that you get to spend an hour or two a week with someone who has entrusted you with their most delicate, personal and honest thoughts. You learn the story of their lives. You know what hurt them, you know what they wish for. You figure out together what trips them up, what keeps them from enjoying what they have, or from doing something new. And in those hours you get to put your heads together and work to help them know themselves more deeply, challenge themselves and change things for the better.

Some are issues you have dealt with or are working on in your own life. Other issues are new and different from your own experience or training so it inspires you to read more and push yourself to change your way of thinking. You get to learn about the intricacies of many different kinds of careers–things you will never study but are fascinating, from writing poetry and design, to finance and surgery.   To understand how each individual takes their talents and struggles and turns them into their life’s work.

As a therapist, you get to watch a family grow, especially if you bring in other family members which is a part of our approach. You get to go through losses and celebrations, glitches and breakthroughs. You watch people unfold and become strong.

Sounds like a good job? All in all it is an honor.

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Comments

  1. Lydia Morrison
    May 20th, 2010 | 5:43 pm

    Lisa –

    Just like plants – we need to grow – sometimes we need a little help – and thank goodness for good therapists. You’re terrific.
    Love, Lydia

  2. kcf
    May 21st, 2010 | 3:37 pm

    And we, your clients, are the luckier.

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