Self Identity Within The Professional Therapy Practice

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Entering into the professional therapy practice can be an exhilarating, yet comparably frightening experience. The pressure of knowing that these are real lives. Real cases. Real scenarios! We want to be prepared; we want to be able to do what we are trained to do, to efficiently help those who come to us. This Novice intensity of both fear and exhilaration that is experienced by the therapist can produce vigorous results with the client. Therapists must be flexible with clientele and arising circumstances, be rooted in a thriving learning-atmosphere for success, and most importantly, obtain a self-identity. Developing a self-identity within our profession is not only for the clientele’s sake, but for the therapists as well. We must learn from our familiarity and stretch past our discomforts in order to proceed in becoming a better therapist. Voices of doubt may create miniscule challenges and alter them into a larger concern. No matter how “together” we try to be, there will be times when we will stumble. We are human. Mistakes will happen. But our down falls are what will mold us into better therapists tomorrow.
Keywords: Novice therapist, Novice intensity, self-identity

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