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  • Writer's pictureDonna Hunter

The Compassionate Heart of Therapy

Women sitting on coach in a therapy session

In the world of therapy, there's a misconception that therapists keep a distance and approach their work robotically. "You say that to me just because it's your job," clients will often say.

However, this couldn't be farther from the truth. We genuinely care about our clients and aren't just following a predefined script.

Beyond our professional role, therapists struggle with a whirlwind of emotions daily. We develop true and heartfelt connections with our clients, going beyond the surface. We share in our clients' challenges, comprehend their family dynamics, and feel a genuine sense of loss if a client's journey takes a tragic turn.

What is different in us than talking to a friend or family is we have learned loving detachment. A way to think of it is as you open the door to your life, we stay in the doorway. We do not walk in and become part of your life experience. We witness, reflect, and offer support and guidance. In this way, we can be there for many people and not become emotionally exhausted; and unable to help.

Nurturing this deep and lasting connection means journeying through a complex emotional landscape. It's like a dance, a continuous exchange of personal narratives, where both the therapist and the client experience a mix of emotions.

In this genuine therapeutic journey, emotions take the spotlight, revealing the vast reality of human experiences. From understanding and empathy to every emotion such as discomfort, happiness, sadness, and anger—these emotions remind us of the connections that define our humanity.

Therapists aren't emotionless beings. We are compassionate individuals, driven by a true desire to help others. We stand as witnesses to our client's life stories—celebrating their triumphs and grieving their losses. By navigating this emotional rollercoaster, therapists offer the understanding and support essential for healing and personal growth. Therapy is like a joint trip through the waves of human emotions, guided by understanding and openness.

When psychotherapy carries genuine meaning, it transforms both the therapist and the client. At Global Therapy, we resonate with psychologist Carl Jung's wisdom: "Know all the theories, master all the techniques, but as you touch a human soul, be just another human soul."

For us, therapy is all about human connection—a potent exchange that alters lives through understanding, compassion, and shared human experiences. It's a reminder that therapy goes beyond procedures; it's about fostering a meaningful and lasting connection with every person we have the privilege to assist.

If you need extra support don't hesitate to reach out.


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