I remember my first therapist when I was in college like it was yesterday.

I was going through an incredibly difficult time. I needed help and I needed it fast.

He was very kind and validated everything I said. His interpretations were often spot on and his insights actually helped me out of a very complicated mess.

He often did interesting interventions and applied effective techniques.

I’m grateful to him and how he helped me at the time.

But when I look back at that time period with so much more life and professional experience, I find myself asking if he was challenging himself to bring as much of his potential as a healer as possible.

The answer is always the same. He wasn’t.

There was nothing wrong about the way he worked with me. But there was also nothing that was extraordinary.

I knew he was a good therapist. I knew he was a good healer. But I know now that he was capable of so much more.

As therapists, we generally reach a plateau within ourselves and our role as a healer.  I’m not referring to the amount of trainings we do or the techniques we learn.

Our healing capacity, isn’t about techniques. It’s about the fact that you could sit with a person without any training and offer them a degree of support that most other people in this world aren’t drawn to or find unnatural.

We all have an incredible healing capacity as therapists. You would not have entered this profession if that capacity was not present within you.

But all too often, therapists find themselves in situations where they place limitations on themselves and how they work. Even in private practice this occurs every day.

I can say from personal experience that one of the biggest consequences of not meeting your potential as a therapist is that your private practice will suffer. If you’re not stepping into your fullest capacity as a healer less people will come to you for healing.

When you continually challenge yourself as a healer to find your fullest expression, clients will seek you out like wildfire. Your healing becomes a magnet for what needs to be healed. And best of all, your depth of healing awakens your client’s ability to heal themselves.

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Keith Kurlander

Keith Kurlander is the founder of Higher Practice, a company dedicated to helping therapists achieve their highest potential in private practice. He has two decades of combined experience in business administration, group facilitation, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, yoga instruction and as a licensed professional counselor in private practice.

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