It’s an early afternoon, in a few moments the basketball will be entertained by some nervous boy, the clay would tell a touching story about a little girl’s feelings and the drawings will draw us into the inner world of the most splendid and courageous children. Every day, great models are formed with the play dough, magical house doll appear in a secret theatre play and the most important thing of all – a new relationship is being built while doing so: with the therapist, with oneself, with the significant people in the child’s life and with the world.
The therapeutic relationship offers a special kind of conversation and a unique way of playing as part of a challenging process to cure what needs to be cured.
I think that psychotherapy has a unique perspective, a way of thinking about things that are happening to each and every one of us throughout life. Life throws us many challenges every day: A birth of a new baby (a birth of a little brother/sister), relocating to another country, divorce, illness, starting a new business, starting first grade, unfortunate accidents, an adolescent refusing to go to school in the morning and more. Sometimes we feel that we are having difficulties to deal with these challenges on our own and that we need a quiet and safe place to think about things or to be guided while trying to understand our child. A therapeutic session can help shed light on these complicated situations and on our habitual responses to them and also- to aid us in learning more about ourselves and our children.
As the drivers navigating our lives (or our children’s life) from the inside of our vehicle, we are required to use the help of the car mirrors and motion detectors to overcome our limited sight. That way, we succeed in making an informed decision about the preferable direction. This is what I believe psychotherapy is about. In this special ride we take, I accompany parents, children and adolescence in the process of understanding themselves and each other, adjusting their ‘car mirrors’ so they could avoid obstacles in the future and point their lives in the preferable direction.