#VoicesOfTherapy: Making it through to the other side
My therapy is informed by the personal struggles I have experienced and overcome far more than my traditional training.
I am grateful to be part of the recovery community since 2010. This experience has profoundly shaped how I see myself as well as my relationship with struggle and the influence of a higher power in my life.
In addition, I am someone who has faced the terror of debilitating panic disorder as well as the dark depths of major depression. I have seen the insides of a psychiatric unit in a major hospital from the perspective of a patient.
These experiences are part of my story. They are experiences I take with me where even I go and with whom ever I interact with. I am grateful for these moments in my life as they have given me a greater appreciation for mental health, wellness as well as the value of suffering.
Moreover, I can now speak from the vantage point of someone who has made it to the other side. I see my self as a wounded healer who can connect to the hidden pain of others. It is an unspoken connection I experience with my patients. I have benefitted from caring mental health professionals as well as kind supports with whom I have shed many a tear, and each time met with those two powerful words: Me too, or I understand.
My sensitivities to the pain and suffering of others truly informs my work with patients. I appreciate so much the opportunity to use the training and education I have received to help all of my patients. I see myself as a fellow spiritual being having a human experience serving as a guide .
I do not present myself as a authoritative expert with all the answers. For me at the end of the day it is the connection I share with my patients in which the healing can be found.
–Michael B., Licensed Therapist
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