My 31st anniversary as a psychotherapist has just gone by. I was so immersed in my work, I didn’t notice. After all these years, I am just as passionate about being a psychotherapist as I was when I began.
Here is what I love about being a psychotherapist:
The challenge! In working with others toward healing and evolution, each therapist must continually work with themselves. The courageous and inspiring clients I’ve worked with; accompanying them through challenges, into inner depths, empowering them with healing and self-knowledge, and moving toward
The courageous and inspiring clients I’ve worked with; accompanying them through challenges, into inner depths, empowering them with healing and self-knowledge, and moving toward a more wholesome and meaningful life.
Working with others requires me to be fully in the present. The healing power of presence is the most crucial element of my practice, along with all of the powerful techniques.
The creativity of working with each person to address his or her unique nature, personality, difficulties and quest.
The colleagues who author inspiring books, share their knowledge in conferences and on the web, and generously offered their peer reviews and endorsements when I completed my latest book.
Each day, each moment, and each client are unique.
Life is a journey
Above all, life is a spiritual journey. We start out with whatever baggage we have accumulated from past lives and our present incarnation. We have lessons to learn, attitudes to rectify, and relationships to heal.
Before we understand the underlying dynamics of this complex web of karma, we can inadvertently accumulate more baggage out of our own ignorance. But once we start to understand, and feel the lightness or heaviness of our thoughts, attitudes, and actions, we become empowered to systematically, or at least to the best of our ability, make decisions that lighten our load. At the same time, the insights gained on this mysterious and glorious journey help us to help others.
Psychotherapy is an art
Psychotherapy is not a technique. It is an art — the art of listening with ears, eyes, heart, and intuition. We learn to walk alongside our clients in their worlds and at their pace, helping them to delve inwards, heal, and evolve toward their greater potential.
Sure, there have been challenging times, times when I have felt powerless to help an individual facing unfathomable difficulties such as death, illness, and loss. It is in those times that we are reminded to be humble, do our best and realize from within that we are only instruments or catalysts being guided by a higher power.
In our day-to-day lives, but in particular when faced with extremely difficult situations, we also learn the art of self-care. I do this by harnessing the breath to release blocked emotions and energies, getting plenty of exercise, fresh air, healthy diet, good friends, travel, and meditation.
Fortunately, I began my profession when I was young. I have many more years to look forward to. I once had an astrological reading from someone in Mumbai where I currently reside. The astrologer looked down at the chart, looked up at me and said, “You’ll never retire.” I knew he was on the right track. Why would I ever stop doing something I love, that makes my life infinitely rich and meaningful?
Here’s looking forward to many more enriching years.