I have been reflecting a lot on my experiences of having been in (and still am) in therapy. I am in my 2nd to last quarter of grad school for becoming a therapist, and granted I go to an excellent school with a superb program, I think the most educational experience for me has been to be a client of a few different phenomenal therapists. I’m going to reflect on 2 of those incredible people now. I have wrote about both of them previously, so go through old posts to read more about them!
First, Dr. R. What an incredible journey it was with her! One of the biggest things I learned in my work with her is safety. There are safe people who are worthy of trust. Speaking of, I also learned a lot about trust. Her ability to establish a safe environment and relationship with me has given me the ability to thrive in a world that depends on relationship(s) of all aspects.
Next, G. She was my therapist while Dr. R. was on maternity leave. I learned compassion from G. The amount of compassion she had for me and brought into a therapy room was so warm and permeating. It affected me to the point where I couldn’t help but have compassion for myself, which grows every day. I only hope that I can bring and express the same compassion for my clients.
I could list so many more crucial lessons I have learned from each, but I would never have the time because I keep realizing more and more! Each of these wonderful therapists (I’ll go ahead and say this applies to almost every person who I have had some sort of valuable relationship with) continues to define part of who I am and I will always be grateful for the experiences. I hope somehow, someway, the Universe will convey to them how I am doing now and how much value I took out of my work with them.