Healing isn’t a Place; it’s a Relationship

Emotional healing doesn’t happen in one place, at one time. It’s not confined to four walls and doesn’t always submit to a particular schedule or “treatment plan.” It does happen within the warmth, security and trust of a good relationship.

Can you help someone experience that if you don’t have a degree or specialized training?

I wrestle with the assumptions a) I have a “professional career” and therefore I “turned out well”, b) “adoption-competency” is the hero; that enough knowledge would rescue a family, and c) our definitions of “competency” today will remain stable over time.

What I mean is I’m grateful for the way my story has unfolded thus far. I was in jail at one point in my life, long ago, and it’s generally been folks very “non-clinical” who’ve helped inspire significant pivot points in my journey as an adoptee; as a person. My path from point A to point B has not been “formal.” And I still need help to make it to point C.

That personal experience brings up two perspectives for me.

1. First, it takes some pressure off therapists and parents. It’s comforting to know there are “non-clinical” avenues in which a person navigating adoption-related needs could receive joining, hope, healing, guidance, restoration, etc.

2. Secondly, and perhaps as a neat pairing, it does compel me as a mental health professional to ask, “What was it about those relationships? What processes were operating? How will the informal paths I’ve experienced give depth and breadth to the formal services I seek to offer others? And how could I pull those ethically and professionally into my clinical work with families and the ones they love?

I believe it’s possible! And that we should investigate and pursue it. We of course see incredible value in “formal” counseling; trained professional support, board certification, licensure, continued education, etc.

And I’m persuaded that as we all enter this space as learners and students, colleagues and leaders, parents and relatives, we’ll discover, collaborate, and receive sight about what that looks like for each one of us in our unique callings and contexts to be in warm relationships with the ones we seek to love.

In summary, I believe those you care about would immeasurably benefit from your genuine time, heart and energies, no matter what your background is. Remember, healing isn’t a place, it’s a relationship. They’re probably counting on it more than you know.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you experienced healing, growth, change, help in some way in places other than “formal” counseling? What was that like for you? Have you felt you’ve helped someone through a tough or dark time, just by being present with them and extending seasons of intentional love and guidance?

CONNECT

Receive daily doses of challenge and inspiration | follow Cam on Instagram @therapyreedeemed

IMG_7535.jpeg

Visit the archive and read in-depth discussions on adoption, theology, and psychology.

Like and stay up to date about events at the facebook page facebook.com/therapyredeemed

This website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional psychological care.

FEATURED PC: ANNIE SPRATT AT UNSPLASH

© 2019 Therapy Redeemed

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close