What a Therapeutic Relationship Means

May 10, 2019

What a Therapeutic Relationship Means

I have worked with a patient for over 1.5 years.
He has been in the criminal system and the mental health hospitals for more than 2 decades.
I got to know him because of my role to work on his severe mental health issues.
However, throughout the time we spent together,
what was being shared more was the deeper meanings of life.

For many people, having a good laugh means going for a drink with friends,
or simply take a walk in the nature.
For him, those are impossible to reach.
He could have some good time,
but being in the locked artificial environment only reminded him in every minute
he was not truly free.

I learnt from him every time I saw him what such pain and turmoil was.
Listening and sharing seemed basic,
but the main key to connection.
He became more open to exploring his darkest side.
Healing occurred, not because of
a great expert being there,
but because humility and time came first
in this therapeutic relationship.

In the most recent months the lad was progressing to discharge.
He spoke about our work together as walking up the mountain.
The journey was long and tough,
but he said he always got something out of it.
And then at the top,
we would happily say goodbye, and I
watch him fly off to the new land.
I look at this picture and I cannot describe a better way to capture this story.

Credit:JoFok

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