Viewing Therapy from A New Angle: Your Client’s 
Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 3:51PM
Heather Hardison

As a therapist it is important to be able to view the world from the eyes of your client. Understanding how they feel and how they interpret the world can aid in the progression of therapeutic goals. Clients value the therapist’s attempts to relate and to understand issues from their unique vantage point. Recently a therapy client commented that they wished all therapists could understand how difficult it is for clients to make the decision to enter therapy and how intimidating the process is at the beginning stages, not to mention the negative stigma that still surrounds therapy. It is not an easy task for many clients to ask for help. I challenge each therapist to mentally trade places with your clients, even for just a few moments, to understand what they experience throughout the process of therapy. Envision how they feel as they are contemplating making that first call to schedule an evaluation, as they are entering your office nervously and cautiously for the first time, and as they reluctantly pour their heart out to you and bear their soul. Only then can we begin to realize how much our empathy, support, understanding and caring is needed to begin the process of healing. It is easy to get caught up in our day and to let the stress and strain of hearing others’ problems wear on us over time. But we must never forget that our full presence and compassion is necessary for each client and may make an impact far greater than we are capable of knowing. If we traded places with our clients would we be pleased with the care that we give on a daily basis? Would we see the therapist that we strive to be? Dare to view yourself from a new perspective. You may be surprised at what you find.


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