On several occasions, I’ve had a client that has an issue that we don’t seem to be making any progress on. We try old stuff, new stuff, creative stuff, weird stuff, and oh-what-the-hell-it-can’t-hurt stuff.
But nothing seems to move it.
Then, the client walks in one morning and proudly announces that their best friend “had an idea” and that this idea seems to really help.
A Slap To My Ego
That’s not how it’s supposed to work.
The guy with the advanced degree, certificates and diplomas on the wall, thousands of dollars worth of books and trainings, and deep compassionate, empathetic vocal tones is the one who’s supposed to solve the problem.
Not some “friend” who “had an idea.”
Can I allow my clients to find help from the 7-11 clerk? From a magazine article? From a TV Talk show host (gasp!)?
Is it about me and how I feel as a therapist, or is it about rejoicing and celebrating that another human being is no longer hurting or carrying an overwhelming burden?
Time to check my ego at the door.
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