How to Turn a Professional into a Person

Totally caught off-guard, I was tearfully surprised!

Delicious cookies were mixed on the table with paint and glue and paintings of chronic conditions-love and healing.

Sitting around the table were 6 incredible women, all with their own fear, pain and hope.  It was the last of 8 meetings of the Purposely Positive Support Group/Workshop for people with life-altering medical conditions.

And the sneaky little group  surprised me with love.  A HUGE 22 x 16 framed Thank you picture with messages from each that were so warm and touching I couldn’t hold back the tears.

Hey, I tried.  After all I’m a Professional (note the capital “P”).  I’m a psychotherapist (note the small “p”)  Everyone else is supposed to have feelings.  I am TRAINED to remain calm but curious, engaging but not engaged and humane but not human.

I blew it.  My well-trained psyche collapsed under the weight of love.  Theirs and Mine.

In alphabetical order:

Cindi, Cory, Fariba, Lori, Nancy, Theresa –  back at you.

7 comments on “How to Turn a Professional into a Person

    • Kate,
      Thanks for the inquiry. The SupportGROUPshop is a combination of support group and workshop. It’s called Purposely Positive as the focus is moving toward a better life WITH the Life Altering Illness.
      What we do at each meeting is varied. What I will do is explain it in more detail on a post so everyone who has inquired has a better sense.
      Judy

      Like

  1. No wonder they gave you cookies and a card: you are a very special psychotherapist, professional, person! And, as such you are allowed to feel emotions.

    The students in the first summer school course I taught (as a full-fledged instructor, not teaching assistant) took me out for beer and gave me two pairs of earrings. I lost it; and it wasn’t just the beer! We are allowed to be touched by gestures, both small and large, from our students/clients.

    You definitely deserved your card and cookies!

    Like

  2. Judy, You touch so many hearts! The world is a better place because of your professionalism, your caring and your humanity. Thank you for sharing yourself and your work with us on your blog.
    Hugs, Melinda

    Like

Click on "LIKE" to let us know you visited. Comments HERE!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.