John and myself linked up today to look at rescheduling some events and our conversation took an unexpected turn. We found ourselves talking and sharing our own life experiences and our hard earned lessons in self-care.
As therapists, we understand the importance and value of self-care and yet, so frequently, in our efforts to be there for our clients, to maintain our consistency and our availability, we inadvertently disregarded our own needs and well-being.
Sometimes, life events force us to pause... to stop... and to listen to ourselves.
So, how do we balance being present to our own needs alongside those of our clients and still remain true to our ethical values? How vulnerable can we dare to be amongst our colleagues... is it OK not to be OK? How do we offer congruence and authenticity to our clients, sharing of ourselves and our own learning without sharing too much personal information? What kind of role model do we present to our clients if our own benchmark of achievement is set so high?
We decided our conversation was worth sharing and hoped you can join us.