Some self-care rituals that are part of my life:
- I meditate for 20 minutes every day. I use a mantra that a teacher in India gave me
- I exercise for around 45 minutes at least three times a week
- I see a maximum of 16 clients a week. This keeps me fresh and attuned
- As I am in private practice, I control my diary and take frequent holidays
- My children and my marriage are my priority, so I make sure they get some of the best of me
- I make time to be with my kids, family and friends
A word about protecting myself as a therapist:
Because my self-care is robust, I don’t feel I need to protect myself from my clients
When clients come in with heavy emotions, it is safe for me to step into what is present with them
If I find myself thinking about a client afterwards:
- I check in with my body – what is my body holding?
- I give my body what it needs.
- I check in with my mind – has some of my stuff been triggered by the content that has been shared?
If yes, I attend to that part of myself.
When we are in our darkest places, we need someone to step in with us, metaphorically hold our hand, and walk into a different space.
Sometimes, our friends and family cannot hold us in the way we need and walk next to us.
This is the role of the healer – the therapist.