I’ve written about the role of patience in music therapy sessions before, and I’ve come up against it again. I find it exceedingly difficult to manage the juxtaposition of task management and creation of therapeutic space. Therapeutic space is vast and filled by the client and all of the people, things, and ideas he needs to bring with him; task management is all of the noise and pieces that clamor around outside, hopefully serving to keep out extraneous bits from getting where they shouldn’t go. The session inside the space needs to be as quiet as it can be before the client enters.
How in the world does one keep these two parts of the self-employed therapist life living harmoniously?
Meditate, if you can.
Dump the thoughts onto paper before going into a session.
Talk to other therapists.
Accept imperfection, but expect improvement.
What is your definition of therapeutic space?
*In last week’s post, I mentioned my three priorities for the week. Gladly, I accomplished them all.