My purpose in providing therapy is to help people learn how to be their own best therapist. Yes, you yourself, qualified to provide therapy for yourself, on the spot, right when you need it. It has taken me many many years of being in therapy, followed by years of studying to be a therapist and then years of practice as a therapist to be able to make this claim.
But isn’t that the purpose of therapy? To help us get to know and love ourselves well enough to be able to meet our own needs and live serenely with ourselves and our loved ones, regardless of circumstances. To help us learn to be therapuetic with ourselves and others, to treat ourselves and everyone else with the unconditional positive regard therapist Carl Rogers considered essential for therapy to be successful.
In this blog, I’m introducing creative writing as a well-being practice for self-awareness, self-compassion and self-healing. Here’s the experiment: Every day, write as fast as you can for five minutes, whatever comes into your head, right from the heart to the page with no reservations. Set the timer on your phone for five minutes, then see what happens. Do it right now.
That’s what I’m going to do in this blog for future postings. I’m going to share with you my 5 minute well-being practice. Real and raw. Then we will see how this practice models a way to develop self-knowledge and self-acceptance, the rewards of therapy.
I write this blog not only as a therapist but as a poet, with the conviction that each of us has that inner voice, that authentic spirit accessible in words. Let’s find that voice and share it. Pablo Picasso once said, “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
I write this blog in that spirit, and hope you will join me in the adventure!