Chayan, I truly appreciate the sincerity w/ which you gave yourself over and "immersed" into your learning, both experientially and intellectually. For what it's worth, here is how I have come to see it after 25+ years of professionally entering into another's inner world w/ the intention to help sort through turmoil and assist in bringing clarity, etc., to the beauty and pain of human chaos. As experienced therapists we bring our singularly unique selves and all we have to offer to the table. We continually learn and take a self-accounting to assess what is useful and helpful to the human condition ...and what is not. We consciously and unconciously synthesize what we value as truthful and internalize and "utilize" as if we were human strainers, always filtering for the best. This, together w/ unkown forces and creative energies are expressed through that filter when we are completely focused upon the individual w/ whom we are engaged. A non-negotiable ethical foundation along w/ humility, passion and compassion... talent and integrity...and intellectial honesty is our constant guidepost....as it appeared to be w/ M.Erickson. Moreover, we simultaneously open ourselves up to the person AND mobilize our own transparent "protective shield" against any damaging material coming our way, enabling us to utilize it but not be taken over by it . Bottom line: without needing to imitate the style of any "Master" we release the best of our human qualities....the essence all we have learned, all we are becoming, and strive to live by our own fingerprint, ever growing in our work and our lives as we become our own "Master" therapist.
Linda M. Cucher
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