Welcome to our new blog! Redesigning our website has provided us with some challenges, but also opened up some really important opportunities. It made us ask ourselves a lot of questions. How do we want people to feel when they visit our page? When they visit our offices? Seems easy – safe, supported, understood, empowered & educated.
But the more we sat with these ideas the more we realized that different people need different things in order to generate these feelings. And each of us as clinicians generates this atmosphere in a somewhat different way. But what do we bring that is uniquely ours? Who are we as people and as therapists? For that matter, who are we as a practice?
At first we thought about our training, our skills and our honest committment high quality care. But these don’t really seem to be unique to our practice – there are many talented providers out there and very few of them have the mission statement “oh, whatever.” And when we’re in the room with a client, while we do hold our theories and techniques in mind, our best work is done much more from our hearts.
Then we began to think more about ourselves as people. It’s fair to say that everyone in our practice has a fair dose of humor and that it isn’t uncommon to hear faint laughter through the our office doors as you walk down the hall. It seems like an odd value to stumble upon – what is it about a well-timed quip that is at all related to healing?
After some time, we realized that the ability to use humor connects for us to much deeper, more dearly held values. It connects to authenticity, a willingness to be real and bring our whole selves to the therapy endeavor. It connects to humility, a shared understanding with our clients that, although we have some technical knowledge and expertise, we don’t hold all of the answers. And it speaks to connection, a feeling that we are on the same team as our clients.