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My goal is to become a parent / family life educator. How do I maintain peace in my life when helping children daily who are hurting in their life? How do I keep work, at work?

Asked Salina, Kansas

I'm concerned that I will be worried about kids on a daily basis and need to learn techniques to help children, but maintain my sanity
#helpingothers #children

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Daniela’s Answer

Updated State of Goiás, State of Goiás, Brazil

Hi Camdyn,

Therapists are directly affected both personally and professionally as well as both positively and negatively by the client’s they serve. Therapeutic terms like transference and countertransference often surface in the therapeutic relationships we engage in. How then do we as therapists get our own needs met when we operate in a career that is very one sided and unequal in power? How do we deal with and address our needs as we operate in an environment where we are continually impacted by the clients we serve both on a personal and professional level? When, where, and how is it that we get our needs met?

As licensed professionals, we often consult and engage in peer consultation groups. However, if therapists are in fact wounded healers, where are we able to address our wounds and our needs? I ask these questions because the more I grow as a therapist, the more I become aware that it is crucial that we have our own therapeutic support. I find it essential that as a therapist, I have a therapist. I feel it is important that we do our own inner work as therapists. I believe it is important that we practice what we recommend to others and that we hold ourselves accountable to the wellness standards that we ask of our client’s.

Are we better therapists when we are getting our own needs met or when we are neglecting them? I think many therapists would say that they are better able to be there for their clients when they are taking good care of themselves. There are many ways to take and promote wellness in our lives. However, the more I grow professionally, the more essential I find it to have my own therapeutic support. I strongly encourage all therapists to reflect on what type of support they need to maintain their personal well-being and ability to support their clients as an effective therapist.



Kim’s Answer

Updated San Antonio, Texas

Hi Camdyn!

I encourage you to research the concept of "compartmentalization."

As a police officer, stepping into and out of a uniform seemed to help. It was like role-playing. I had two personalities, so to speak. In today's technological age, it is more difficult, as people seem to be wired to work 24/7. Everyone, regardless of career, needs to learn to disconnect unless absolutely necessary!

Having activities in your personal life to keep you busy will help. If you simply vegetate after work, it's easy for thoughts of work to creep back into your mind. But if you are going to PTA meetings, going to choir practice, etc., you won't have time to think about work!

Good question!