Therapy for Therapists
At Walnut we have discovered the honor of working with therapists as clients. We see many therapists in our practice and relish the complexity of this specific work. To work with a therapist as a client means to help that therapist surrender the need to be expert on their own lives. It also means that the therapist needs to move away from using technique that is easily recognizable to the therapist-client. This work requires extensive creativity, a willingness to learn from the client in ways that can often bring a clinician to their own growth edges. It requires that the therapist not become defensive in the presence of a client’s own theory base and clinical knowledge. We have worked together, at Walnut, to understand what therapists most need from other therapists when they allow themselves the vulnerability necessary to become a client.