It can be extremely hard to take care of yourself when you are continuously taking care of others. Most therapists avoid therapeutic experiences, but some do make personal growth a main concern and address issues as problems arise. Undergoing a form of psychoanalysis is a part of one’s training that is consistent in one’s life. Many counselors are not very successful in counseling themselves no matter if he/she seeks enlightenment from supervisors and support groups. Some honest clinicians admitted that they are being voyeuristic, needing to rescue, being right, wanting power, demanding admiration and wanting self-therapy. The problems that first appear during the therapists training years are the result of the most self-counseling that he/she will receive.
Self-supervision: Self-supervision is a vital part of what therapist do and how therapist function. Each and every day while talking with clients about his/her self-defiance ways, we cannot help but to examine our own ways. Self-supervision and self-monitoring take place in many ways to help therapist deal with difficulties and personal growth. According to the book “On Being a Therapist,” Kottler states many therapists need his/her own therapist, but refuse to seek the help because he/she feels it is a sign of weakness.
Self-counseling: Some self-counseling that a therapist can use is talking through problems. Sometimes when you talk to yourselves, you can answer your own questions and clearly think things through. This is a cure to helping one sleep who has a racing mind. Therapist need to treat his/her problems like he/she does with clients. There is no other profession that that is so intimate with clients and with the process of positive thinking. You are teaching others to think more reasonably, to feel better, and behave more appropriately.
Self-care: Journal keeping is a way of supervising yourself and growing through your difficulties. It is also a method of self-analysis. You can also write letters or emails. Exercise is one of the best ways to take care of you because it is a mind and body healer. It extends life, increases self-discipline, improves self-esteem, helps to sleep better, and controls your weight. Having a group to support therapists is an effective healing force and a sense of sharing community with others. Traveling can also be therapeutic. Traveling can help therapist gain a frame of mind for change, gets away from the routines, become emotionally stimulated, and altered state of keen senses and transfer of learning. By increasing resilience can help therapist embark upon the high and lows that come with the work. Balancing the care of yourself with the care you dedicate to others.
On Being a Therapist; Jeffery A. Kottler