Thursday, April 11, 2013

As a psychotherapist I always envisioned myself with an office in my local community seeing clients of all ages and backgrounds, exploring the challenges of being a spiritual being in a human body.  My focus has always been of a holistic nature (mind, body, spirit) and of the relational/humanistic genres, mixed with a little of this and a little of that.  For several years I had that office.  It was a light filled comfortable place for clients to come explore their lives. The office took on a life of it’s own as a refuge, removed from the chaos of daily existence where they could just be with their issues outside the confines of time and space at least for a short period of time.  The full implications of their discomforts, fears, anxieties, dreams, heartaches, traumas could be released and held in the sacred space of the room without judgment or the need to be labeled within a pathological construct. I have seen over and over again that the initial spark of healing in every situation is in the empathic witnessing by another in a safe container of non-duality.  The foundation of my work with my clients as well as in my own personal work has always been the creation of a safe container where every feeling is welcomed.  The process of unraveling old paradigms that no longer work within this container is the name of the game.

And then one winter morning an opportunity came along that I could not turn away from.

I responded to a call from an organization providing mental health support to those in the military.  They were looking for therapists who were willing to travel and work for short periods of time on various bases, with people in the military, working either with adults or children/families, helping them deal with the many issues related military life. Thus, for the past three and a half years I have been traveling the globe and my office has become the suitcase that I carry with me as I move from base to base.

My focus has been on the children of the soldiers and their families and how the demands of 21st century world conflicts affect their lives.  To say that I have
personally been challenged and changed by what I have experienced is an understatement.  My world has expanded in ways I never could have imagined and I am forever humbled by their stories and in awe of their courage.

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