Some of us find that our true purpose in life is to assist others in their own healing. As a psychotherapist, I view myself as a catalyst for healing. I became a psychotherapist because of my interest in the psychological, my compassion for others in need, my desire to relieve suffering in the world. and my realization that if I can grow and change, so can others. It is pleasurable and humbling, today, to know that I have found my Soul’s work. When I help others, I find my joy, my passion, and my fulfillment. And now I’ve come to understand that the more I work with clients and bring them to physical and emotional awareness, the more I learn about all aspects of myself … a genuine bonus!
I sometimes ask myself:
- How do my clients heal themselves?
- What must they do to effect a necessary life change?
The answer is quite simple: Clients become “aware.” Although their awareness creates the setting for change, their personal actions to implement this change or perhaps their acceptance of what is, is ultimately the challenge. It is the place where my clients must be courageous and experience their anxiety. And for me, it is the place where I must be totally present with my clients, from moment to moment, as they struggle to find options, “feel” their feelings, acknowledge their issues, understand how they operate in their world. My presence helps them to recognize the ways they tend to interrupt themselves from meeting their needs, how they disown parts of themselves and prevent their own fully functioning as a ”whole” human being.
I am fascinated by the way the mind and emotions affect the body and how the body affects the mind and emotions. My intention is to help my clients to travel their unique road to wholeness, where they can be fully “alive.” We create contact, you and I, so when I touch you, we are both touched.
From my heart, I offer this poem to my past, present and future clients.
I know you wish to be seen and heard, I’m here for you now and for as long as you want me to accompany you on your path.
I see you as beautiful just as you are, and if you wish to grow and change, I will support you in a place where you will feel safe to experiment.
I will honor your willingness to take a risk and encourage your higher self to speak to you and through you. We both rejoice in the learning.
And as I give to you what I allowed my self to receive — support, compassion and empathy — I touch you with all that I am and have always been and trust that in the process, we are both enough in the moment.
Doris Warshay is a Certified Rubenfeld Synergist and Gestalt Psychotherapist practicing in Port Washington, New York. She can be reached at 516-883-8247.