My most powerful therapeutic tool is genuine compassion. This isn’t something I learned in school or through research. It developed through my own lived experience and accepting myself as the messy, imperfect, deeply feeling human that I am.
When I’m with a client I’m immersed in their world and I’m deeply moved by their struggles, pain, joy and triumphs. I’m attending to them with love and I care about our relationship and their experience in our sessions. ⚡️
I believe that a practitioner’s most powerful offering is their grounded, heart-centred presence and attention. Yes, they need to be educated about trauma, physiology, or whatever their specialty is, but if they haven’t begun the work attending to themselves, it’s going to be hard for them to really show up for you. ⚡️
Here are some questions to consider asking when seeking out a new practitioner of any kind: •How do you view your relationship with your clients/patients?
•What is your understanding of trauma and it’s impacts?
•Do you go to therapy or engage in self care practices? (I’m a firm believer that the best practitioners are actively doing their own work).
•Do you consider practitioner/patient collaboration to be a vital part of any treatment plan?
What are your go to questions? What attributes do you value in a practitioner?