I take issue with therapists positioning themselves as the expert in the room. To maintain the position of expert, the therapist must know more than the person. This creates a distance between the therapist and person from the start that I don’t find helpful. Most depictions of therapists on TV are standoffish at best, if not downright opinionated regarding the person. Therapists are shown as having a look of superiority as they listen to the person talk. The distance creat
I love my job. It is a real privilege when people confide the intimate details of their lives and I experience a strong connection as we face these challenges together.
Yes, it can be challenging at times being faced with serious problems that people are confronting in their lives. People frequently ask me, “How do you do it? Listening to people’s problems all day?” But I don’t experience it this way. I actually get energized by these meetings and leave the day mostly ho
Have you have ever walked into a room and felt that people weren’t listening, that they already had their minds made up and you were there to fit into their way of doing things. Wouldn’t you rather walk into that same room and greet people who show an interest in getting to know you? I mean, they really listen and pay attention to the words you say and what they mean to you and not what they mean to them? This is what the narrative experience is like. Imagine, instead, meeti