I facilitate growth, whether personal or professional.
This is the simple answer to the question I get asked often, “what does a psychotherapist or coach do?”
This is then followed by, “why do you do it?” Because it makes me happy, which of course begs the question, “but why?”
Clients have come to me wanting to know how to make their life “right”, to be happy or how to make the right career decisions, how to climb the mountain in their way, how to achieve certain career goals, how to feel less discontent, how to overcome their malaise… And yes, there are interventions, techniques and strategies which I employ.
And in their questionings, there is one thing underpinning the multitude of wants or desires – it is to move on, to be unstuck, to grow.
Every client at some point in their journey with me expresses the need
- to experience being alive in their everyday life,
- to feel a sense of accomplishment in their personal or professional life, or
- to know there is a reason, the why, to their existence.
This is to find their raison d’être.
I am the sounding board which provides a safe space for clients to give voice to their life – past, present and future. I am the mirror upon which they see who and what they are and could be. Clients test out and then spread their wings so to stretch beyond what they know, to explore and take some risks which they are emotionally or psychologically ready or prepared to take.
When the necessary conditions are created, when there is fertile soil, the growing will happen. Each person’s growth is unique. There is no comparison.
This work that I do (which is echoed in my other life as an educator) – to create, to lift, to give others the necessary tools, to give them space to explore and find their way, to create systems or conditions which motivate them to be better versions of themselves – is my raison d’être.
The immeasurable privilege of being able to hold space for another, to be a repository of another’s story, to be an agent of another’s personal or professional growth is second to none.
Social reformation or organizational change always begins with the individual. My work means much and has greater ramifications. Within it, I find great joy and fulfillment.
Find your raison d’être. Seek work so you can live it. There is your fulfillment.