Are you growing as a therapist?

In this blog I reflect on the way that therapists and their clients grow together through the process of therapy.

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I was reflecting with a colleague this week on the way that encounters with clients cause me to change and grow. It is noticeable that themes in my own experiencing are reflected back in those of clients, and vice versa. While spooky at times, I’ve come to recognise and respect this deep resonance and synchronicity. They say ‘when the student is ready, the teacher will appear,” I’ve learned to know that I am so often the student, and that being open to personal growth and transformation is a prerequisite to being an effective psychotherapist.
 
I don’t know yet, and mostly nor do my clients. That is what brings them, not knowing, and wanting to discover. Not knowing the answers, sometimes not even being sure what questions to ask. Being genuinely curious without fear, being willing to look and truly see, and welcoming all that comes are some of the arts of therapy, and they are not easy.
 
This wonderful job invites a continual deepening of personal awareness and self-knowledge. It asks therapists to be honestly present, and to welcome all and any experience of the clients, however provoking and difficult. We assist healing by standing at the edge of what our clients can currently tolerate, and by helping them find a sense of emotional and physical regulation as they explore. By doing this our client’s window of tolerance expands, and they are more and more able to stay grounded as life’s challenges pass through.
 
I am continually learning about my own window of tolerance, and what it is that helps and hinders as I journey both with client material and my own. I sense this exploration and growth will never end, and that is good news. For nothing in nature is stagnant, and potential is there to be expressed and inhabited.
 
For clinical supervision that helps you be the most authentic and present therapist you can be, get in touch.

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Gainford, Co.Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.