chapter  15
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The Real Picture

I have tried to write this book, sentence by sentence, page by page, in an honest, open-minded and open-hearted manner. What is difficult to describe in words but needs to be said is that psychotherapy is much more than what words can express. It has been an honor for me to work with hundreds of children and their families over my long career. I have written this book with the hope of coaching other therapists in the essence of healing kids and their parents. The process of healing, I feel, is well represented here, yet healing is often experienced through quiet moments of “just being” with a child, matching my breath with his or hers and providing an encouraging voice. Sometimes a gentle pat on the shoulder in support and appreciation of the child is more powerful than any word, than any formalized model.