Amelia Holden/ January 25, 2020/ Blog/ 0 comments

When an individual is beginning therapy expectations may be explicit or implicit. Explicitly, the individual can write down or verbally share what their goals are for themselves and/or the therapist. Implicitly, the individual may display through their behaviours during the sessions or in narrating how they functioned during their time outside of therapy how they are coping, changing, and healing. It is important to validate the Self in what it needs, what is or is not working, and acknowledging even the smallest achievements in order to know what zone the Self is currently in or ebbing and flowing through zones to land on where the expectations are currently set. Recognizing some expectations may have been set early on in therapy and that once these are met and maintained there may still be more growth to achieve because a human is never truly done growing at a particular zone, age, or life stage of development. As the therapist, it is our responsibility to provide each individual who comes to us with their Self exposed, damaged, hurt, and in pain to honour where they are, to help them through skill building, coaching, and validation. Reminding them of where they have been and want to be on their journey, and continue to focus on who they want to become.

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About Amelia Holden

"Therapy is like shopping for shoes, you need to try different types on before you really find the right fit.” Amelia has been a Registered Social Worker for 20 years working with individuals, couples, and families who may have experienced intergenerational trauma, mental health diagnosis, or relationship ruptures causing stress and conflict within their daily lives. Amelia offers a non judgmental, safe place to be open and honest about whatever has brought you through the door. By structuring the therapy in a way goals can be accomplished collaboratively we will work towards a final session by building your own tool box of useful resources. Acknowledging the courage it took for you to reach out to a stranger for help at the most vulnerable time in your life, Amelia will listen to your narrative and share any knowledge and skills which can help bring balance to your life. Amelia believes it is important to validate the client's perspective, allow them to grow from learning through making mistakes, and giving them the knowledge of how to accept the things they cannot change and to change the things they can control. Amelia promotes self growth and development in her daily life by practicing mindfulness, attending professional development courses, and building collaborations with other practitioners in the community.

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