By Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC
The Practice of Therapy
You are already engaged, or are thinking about engaging, in a practice called therapy. I am impressed and touched by your willingness to do this most difficult thing – to look within yourself in a conscious attempt to face and to release pain. I never asked you and would never ask you to do it. It is too difficult. I am grateful, though, for your courage, transparency, patience, honesty, and humor. Sitting with you enables me to engage in one of my own practices, that of the clinical therapist. Being your therapist is not simply my profession. It is my purpose and, of course, my challenge. You interest and exhaust me, make me laugh, try my patience, and push buttons I didn’t know I had. You are my truest teachers, and I have great reverence for you and for your practice.