I have some clients who say I am a hippie. I think I give off that impression, at times, and maybe I am a little bit hippie. And what I am about to say does sound hippie-esque. If you aren’t a big fan of hippie-related stuff, hang around a second anyway, I am not going to drive off in a Volkswagen van….this is mild on the hippie spectrum (I think).
YOU are whole and complete!
I believe this, even If you don’t. I don’t think you are broken or flawed or missing something. I think you came into this world freaking awesome and you are at this moment freaking awesome. If there is something that is causing you distress or symptoms of a clinical mental disorder, I believe that is because your freaking awesome got lost under a lot of gunk.
A.A. Milne (author of Winnie the Pooh) said, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.”
I operate on this premise when you come to see me as a therapist. You have WITHIN yourself everything you need, and I hold the space while you make the shifts needed to find what you need to heal yourself. When I use my bag of tricks (EMDR, Emotional Transformation Therapy, Sandtray, etc.), I am simply helping you access the deeper parts of the brain where you need to go to do the work you need to do to get to that place of strength and love. Okay, so I hear it when I add the word “love.” It does sound a bit like a hippie, so I guess I need to own my inner hippie.
I know that this doesn’t land so easily for everyone. I hope you won’t dismiss me too quickly. If you can’t find that place within yourself to even believe you are whole and complete, take heart and notice that this is a belief. Open up just enough that maybe what I say is true….just maybe.
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