I came to be a therapist
first attended a group psychotherapy workshop in 1986. I went
to this out of curiosity, wondering what it was all about,
and was surprised to find the experience exciting, stimulating
and not at all threatening. I began to go to group therapy
on a regular basis and had individual therapy. I realised
that psychotherapy could provide me with an opportunity to
become much more aware of myself and of my behaviour and attitudes.
I could question these, reassess them and consider whether
I wanted to make changes. Although I was working with experienced
psychotherapists who could help me in this process the responsibility
for action was entirely mine. I am in charge of myself and
can make decisions and choices. The idea that I could take
myself seriously in this way was daunting and exciting at
the same time. It made me realise that I have power and can
choose to use it.
my work as a GP I really enjoyed working with the whole person
as opposed to only assessing their symptoms and illnesses.
I felt frustrated by the lack of time I could give to each
person. In 1990 I decided to do a one-year course in psychotherapy
at Spectrum. I thought that this would help me in my work
with patients and also that it would be of personal benefit.
This was true and I then decided that I would continue training
in order to eventually work as a psychotherapist. I began
practising as a psychotherapist in 1998.
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