ABSTRACT

The subject of the following article is the protean journey therapists make as they adapt to changing situations and challenges in their own lives and the ultimate impact it has on their clinical work with patients. I have used the example of my own life, in which certain critical events have transformed me from a person with a rather ordinary perspective to someone who has come to appreciate the fragile nature of life with its rich tapestry of complicated ties and patterns. I have tried to demonstrate that significant events in my life and my personal development over the past thirty years have furthered my appreciation and treatment of my patients. I have also come to recognize that my patients’ particular journeys, on which I have accompanied them, have similarly contributed to and enriched my life in myriad ways. [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-342-9678, E-mail address: <[email protected]> Website: <http://www.HaworthPress.com">http://www.HaworthPress.com>] 86