Nourishing the Soul of Psychotherapy
Welcome from Rich SimonMany of us think of psychotherapy as a kind of soulful art, an often intuitive and confusing process that, at its best, helps people access their most authentic selves. Even if the exact chemistry that makes therapy work can never be completely quantified, we know it relies on certain key ingredients to make the therapeutic experience feel alive and personal. But amid all the pressures to find clinical shortcuts, keep costs down, focus on practical outcomes, and make sure our work reflects the latest research, how do we avoid all the temptations to dim the spark that drives the therapeutic encounter? Even as the world around us feels more and more tumultuous and dispiriting, how can we make sure our work keeps its spark and relevance?
Of all the things bring life and vitality into the therapy room, “soul” may be one of the most essential ingredients. But what does it mean? It certainly can be an elusive thing to define. Does it have something to do with joy? Serenity? The courage to resist when necessary? A connection with something greater than ourselves? All of these, and more?
However we define it, one thing is clear: clinicians can’t help their clients connect with their souls until they’ve made friends with their own. Fortunately, we have a plan for that—or at least a path. It’s the 2020 Networker Symposium, Nourishing the Soul of Psychotherapy: The Art of Healing in an Anxious Time. In some ways, this year’s theme embodies the fundamental mission of this gathering, which over the past 42 years has evolved into a celebration of what is so meaningful and fulfilling about the professional path we therapists have chosen. It’s a place where therapists can come to renew the sense of curiosity, community, and heartfelt commitment that can fortify us as we face the challenges of a demanding profession.
So here’s your chance to immerse yourself in an experience that you can carry with you for a long time to come. Join us for a four-day festival of connection, learning, high spirits, and deep meaning. And, who knows, by the time you leave, you may even have discovered what that elusive quality we call “soul” is really all about.
Editor, Psychotherapy Networker