Who’s Steering This Thing? (or “Why I Am Not a Healer”)

joyful balance bike

I bristle at the use of the word “healer” to describe my work.   In the process of therapy, all change and growth and healing belong to my clients, to the wisdom of their own beings that draws them toward wholeness.  I am simply a space holder, a compassionate witness, a friendly resource, a guide who helps clients uncover for themselves the pathway back to themselves.

I can only walk with my clients so far along their path.  At a certain point, they have to want their own well-being badly enough to risk trying something new. Ideally, therapy is a place where clients learn to risk in a bite-sized way, in a supportive environment, until they are ready to risk more fully in their lives.  While I may serve as a steady hand on back of the bike seat for the one who is learning to balance, ultimately it is the client’s own inner balance that dares to risk for the sake of freedom.  It is the client whose hands grip the handlebars, whose feet turn the pedals, as I smile and whisper, “Yes. This.”

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Rafia Rebeck, MA, NCC, LPCC, is a Nationally Certified Counselor trained in the Hakomi Method of Psychotherapy. She offers a warm, sincere, and safe approach for those who seek personal transformation through mindfulness. Please feel welcome to get in touch by contacting rafiarebeck@gmail.com.  If this postcard was meaningful for you, I invite you to share it with others who may benefit.

6 thoughts on “Who’s Steering This Thing? (or “Why I Am Not a Healer”)

  1. GREAT ❤

    *From:* JOYFUL BALANCE [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Wednesday, October 28, 2015 7:29 AM *To:* nancy@paranka.com *Subject:* [New post] Who’s Steering This Thing? (or “Why I Am Not a Healer”)

    joyful balance counseling posted: " I bristle at the use of the word "healer" to describe my work. In the process of therapy, all change and growth and healing belong to my clients, to the wisdom of their own beings that draws them toward wholeness. I am simply a space holder, a comp"

  2. What a beautiful way to describe the relationship between therapist and client! As a fellow therapist, I’m inspired by this post and (with your permission) will use the bicycle metaphor in my own practice. ♡

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