Even a heart surgeon cannot operate on himself if he has a broken heart.
As therapists and other treatment professionals, sometimes we forget to check in with ourselves and seek the appropriate self-care or support from others that our intuition and body is telling us we need. This is perhaps an occupational hazard when either our work is too time-intensive, demanding or we’re so extremely devoted to our clients that we end up depleted and risk burnout.
Seeking confidential therapy for yourself is a gift.
It is one way you can keep your tank full by letting out any painful emotions and being able to process any personal and professional challenges that you need to do in order to be most present and effective at work. Through couples and family therapy and intensives, you can also keep your skills sharp by learning new therapy techniques experientially. One of the best ways to learn is in real time and I uniquely offer a powerful MFT (marriage and family therapy) technique, which is to film your session (with your permission) and share with you salient points through video playback in a strength-based and compassionate manner.
Your clients’ growth often parallels your own.
Thus, many therapists commit themselves equally to growing personally and relationally, in addition to seeking professional development opportunities. If you are in recovery and working an honest program and/or believe in living a congruent life, I hope you will consider seeking support and growth for yourself because you’re worth it and deserve it. The more you increase your self-awareness and fierce courage in overcoming your challenges, the more freedom, peace, resilience and wisdom you’ll have in your own life and to share with your clients.