A little birdie told me about the significance and impact of patience in the therapeutic process. As we phase into a new decade, reflection naturally occurs within our clients and within ourselves. Preparation of self as the therapist is necessary to take on and receive our clients’ reflections. It is a gift when the reflections of our clients highlight growth and change and attribute therapy, psychiatry, and themselves as the conduits of change. One of our talented, smart, and engaging psychiatrists shared her reflection on the progress of one our longstanding clients. This client came to us over five years ago, seeking help with a multitude of acute symptoms. This client expressed to the psychiatrist that the severity of depression and anxiety have diminished greatly. Feelings of overwhelmingness is lessened. The client credited therapy and medication. The client navigated through several therapists throughout the years, not always by choice. The current therapist possesses a sound self of the therapist and was able to provide this client with the safe space to explore connections between mind and behavior. The therapist and psychiatrist team trusted the therapeutic process which gave way for this client to grow comfortable with change, resulting in positive reflection of the therapeutic process. And that my friends, is what a birdie told me…
Why A little Birdie?
My goal for writing this blog was to highlight the remarkable work of our clinical staff. The tireless commitment to excellence from mental health providers can feel unrewarding or stagnant at times. I would send these “anonymous” shout out messages to all staff when I heard of some great and outstanding growth – the little birdie told me.. was a way to communicate this to everyone in a quick and meaningful way. Shining moments should be recognized.
Then, I realized I neglected to emphasize the courage and resiliency of our wonderful clients. The work begins with them. So, I began to write about magnificent moments of insight and daring movements of change. Our clients are remarkable.
We decided to share these little messages with you all.
So, I hope you all read through this blog with the spirit of which it was intended. To shed positive thoughts into our world.