There are many schools for psychology in the Boston area, and Brookline has the highest concentration of therapists and counselors in the US per square mile! All of us are working hard to help clients, but what about us? I know Arizona and California (where I am also licensed) also has a high amount of helping professionals & healers.
Your own self care is instrumental in your ability to help others. We are told this over and over, but really implementing self care is an art. Finding a therapist that you connect with, feel safe with, and that you find knowledgeable can be extremely difficult, especially as a wounded healer. Your own work is essential, and I totally understand the challenges in seeking a provider as a provider.
This unique situation is one I have a lot of experience in, on both sides of the couch. If you're a therapist in training or currently licensed and practicing, I can help you:
It's can be extra sensitive to find a therapist when you are a therapist yourself-so do yourself a solid and choose a therapist with experience and training to manage the unique needs of our community.
In an article on vice.com, Mariana Plata states that "A recent study published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology explores the clinical implication of the “wounded healer” archetype in therapist’s day-to-day work. In this study, the researchers, Molly Cvetovac and Alexandra Adame, gathered a series of personal narratives from therapists in order to identify several common themes in their emotional suffering. What they found suggests that emotional struggle is not only normal, but necessary for therapists to promote growth in their clients or patients. This “overlap of experiences” can help therapists use their own “emotional wounds” as a tool to help others in their recovery."
Your needs are just as important as your client's, and if you don't meet them first, you won't be able to give them your best. Let me help you do that today!
Jessica Foley, MA, LMHC, LLC
Psychotherapy For Women Seeking Growth & Positive Change™!
36 Beaver Street
Waltham, MA 02453-7006
Tel: 617 877 0071
Licensed in MA LMHC #6161
Licensed in CA LPCC #2005
Licensed in AZ LPC #17766
Licensed in FL LMHC #18336
Grover Monster is a friendly chocolate lab puppy, born in July 2020. He is available on request for in-office pets & loves for MA clients, and can also make appearances during online sessions! Grover Monster is not YET a trained therapy dog, but maybe someday!
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