Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Other
I'm a registered professional.
Certification (Approved Clinical Supervisor)
One of the most rewarding things about being a clinical psychologist is that I have the opportunity to see the way people change when they discover new insight, or internal strength, or self-awareness. In sharing another person's journey, even for a short while, I am privileged to witness profound changes, and to be changed and enriched myself by the experience.
The client-therapist relationship is generally considered paramount in successful therapy, and I agree with this position. There are things that clients need to say that have never been said to anyone else... ever, and if there is not a significant degree of trust in the relationship, those important things might never get said. It is the therapist's role and responsibility to create a sense of safety, empathy, and unconditional positive regard, and failure to do this will impact the quality and the depth of the psychological and emotional work the client feels secure enough to do. I cannot possibly be a good fit for every client, and as a professional, I expect to refer to other counselors when I am unable to create that safe and secure space. For clients who are uncomfortable with their current therapist - for whatever reason - if you have not been offered a referral to another professional, ask for one. Don't be afraid to continue searching until you find a therapist with whom you DO feel safe and secure. The process of finding emotional equilibrium and healing will be so much more successful and effective if you do.