Here’s an email conversation I had with my assistant……
Tara: There were irritating clicks again on the recording of your teaching call. It’s pretty bad, did anyone complain?
Me: Again?!! That’s so awful. We have to fix it. And, no, no one even mentioned it. Isn’t that weird?
Tara: Actually, your students are the nicest bunch I’ve ever worked with. They are pleasant and appreciative and really easy to help.
Me: I absolutely love working with therapists for that very reason! (In my thoughts, “Therapists are such beautiful people, I’m so fortunate to get to work with them.”)
Tara works with many different kinds of people, so her feedback is the bomb!
Not only are we pleasant and appreciative and really easy to help. There some other super important things that make us such great helpers.
Here are 3 cool truths about effective therapists
1. Therapists are insatiable learners.
We are seekers and we strive to continually add to our tool box of skills in order to be effective with our clients. Bill Doherty, (Psychotherapy Networker, May/June 2013) talks about the particular kind of learning that is necessary for us to keep getting better. He says of the most admirable therapists, “They continually change and develop while holding onto the core of who they are as therapists. They’re interested in new models and new evidence, but not in serially reinventing themselves with each new fad.”
Continuing education has to hold our interest. We are hungry for education about important concepts, but we won’t be swayed to forget about what makes us unique as a therapist. We love training. We love to learn new approaches. This is how we refresh ourselves and our work. Read More… »