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One of the things I have always loved doing is consulting with other professionals. In the early days of my work, this was often with Midwives, health visitors and children’s centre family support workers. Now, it might be birth professionals, other health care professionals or others working in a similar field.
Passing on knowledge, skills and expertise is a huge part of psychological work. We are expected to consistently seek supervision for our work, from more experienced psychologists. This ensures that we keep an objective stance, continue to make links between theory and our practice and think of ways we might need to develop our skills. Psychologists often work with other professionals too, to introduce psychologically informed ways of thinking into other areas.
I try and work around childcare hours when I can but, inevitably when you’re juggling working for yourself and raising children, Saturdays sometimes (often?!) become working days too. Today I met with a lovely colleague to think together about how to raise a difficult topic with a couple she is working with.
For me, having that time to reflect on the work you are doing can often feel a bit like taking a really deep breath. Suddenly everything expands and you go on feeling more energised and open. It doesn’t just apply to working with people either. We get so fixed on our way of seeing things we forget it is OUR way, and it becomes THE way. Instead, find a ‘fellow traveller’* and find a way together.
*these are the words of Irvin D. Yalom, whose book ‘The Gift Of Therapy’ I have returned to many times
[image description: Emma writes in a notebook at the front of the photo. She is looking down, focused on the book. Her skin is brown and hair is dark brown. She wears a yellow jumper and sits on a brown leather chair. In the background is a large copper lamp and an overstuffed bookshelf. The walls are dark blue]