Being an Authentic Therapist

Thanks to the article, 20 Ways Therapists can be Authentic, by Jeff from TherapyDen.com

1.  My favorite meal might be a 5 course experience, starting with wine,  appetizers, soup, salad, entree and another glass of wine. I much prefer deep, dark reds, meaty and vegetable heavy soups, salads with lots of color and oil and vinegar or Caesar dressing, and beef with greens for the main affair.

2. My top hobbies include hiking the countryside, pondering life, and chilling with friends over food and drink.

3. I grew up in small town Wisconsin, in a little city called Beaver Dam. Compared to the surrounding locations, our population of 15,000 was a pleasant amount for me. I particularly enjoyed living out in the suburbs, surrounded by farmland, trees, fresh air and sunshine. Big City living like San Francisco can sometimes get to be a little much. I seem to need a big bubble of personal space, and recharge my batteries by being alone in the most spacious places I can find.

4. My favorite teacher as a child was Mrs. C., her last name of which I can’t think how  to spell at the moment, since it was 15 letters long and ended with -ski. She reminded me of Mrs. Frizzle on the Magic School Bus television show. Her room was filled with experiential ways of learning, whether a tray full of cornmeal, the first PC’s with green letters and floppy disks, or drawing out the history of Wisconsin with colored pencils, including the Beavers that used to live in our town. We’d also all sit on the floor reading articles from Scholastic Kids Magazine, interpreting what was happening in the world around us. I miss this so much, as I reflect.

5. I can’t recall ever going to a real music concert in the way some people do.

6. I became a therapist to understand myself and help others. Pretty cliche, I suppose. And yet, it feels anything but. At times, this calling is more real than the everyday, more true than intellectual banter, more deep than any hole.

7. I learned the importance of getting to know someone well before getting in deep, while at the same time being willing to take the risk to jump into being with someone.

8. There have been people that have been significant in my life, and are no longer there. I sometimes wonder about them, and reflect that not everything lasts forever.

9. Lately I’ve  been relating a lot to Harry Potter and Voldemort, and the struggles they each had as individuals and between them. I ponder the early life of each as orphans and how that set them on different paths, and that each could potentially learn from the other.

10. In undergrad, I struggled in my second semester of psych statistics, and eventually realized I’d have to drop out, which I did. I then decided I’d be better off retaking the first semester to review and rebuild my knowledge in order to tackle the more advanced portion.

To be continued…

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