“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin
I’m in awe each time a client lets me into their private world – especially when they’ve been hurt by those closest to them. Imagine the courage it takes to walk into a stranger’s office and reveal yourself while every bone in your body is saying, “Don’t do it. You’ll just get hurt again.”
The leap of faith that requires speaks to the life force that is within each of us. It’s our nature to heal. No matter the injury – mind, body and soul seeks repair. So when pain fills the room like a wild animal, I don’t recoil. I lean in because I know I’m in the presence of something sacred.
Thankfully, infancy is not the only chance an individual has for a healthy attachment. Relationships developed later in life can make up for early deprivation. For some it’s a best friend or friendly neighbor; while others find the nurturing bond within a therapeutic relationship.
Either way, interpersonal relationships are something to revere. When two people meet in place of honest communication and mutual acceptance, magic happens. In that way, therapy heals more than the mind. It mends the soul by reaffirming love and trust.