One of the greatest gifts helping professionals can share with others is a sense of their own peace. However, retaining and renewing a sense of a healthy perspective requires not only self-care strategies, but also an awareness of basic profound, yet simple, wisdom themes.
The Inner Life of the Counselor presents classic and contemporary wisdom that examines and explores each of these themes in a way that both professional and non-professional helpers will find revealing and meaningful in understanding their own journey.
Informed by the author's over thirty years of experience as a therapist, mentor, and clinical supervisor of professional helpers?as well as by his expertise in resiliency and prevention of secondary stress?The Inner Life of the Counselor thoughtfully looks at those elements that encourage sustained personal growth and professional development, such as self-care, stress management, and mindfulness.
Lively, practical, and marked by an elegant sense of simplicity, this nurturing book demonstrates how exploring the inner life can lead counselors to new wisdom and inner peace?not only for themselves but also for those who come to them for relief and insight. It is an invitation to pause, reflect, renew, and navigate one of contemporary society's most challenging yet rewarding professions.
In That Place of Sanity: The Inner Life of the Counselor ix
1 Creating Space Within 1
2 Valuing and Accessing Alonetime 19
3 Recognizing the Cues of Subtle “Mindlessness” 45
4 Learning the Art of Leaning Back 65
5 Experiencing a New Type of Counselor Self-Nurturance 91
6 Alonetime as a University: Honoring the Wisdom of Mentors of Mindfulness 121
Appendix: Retreat and Reflect: Enjoying a 149
Fresh Experience of Your Own Inner Life A Brief Final Comment on a Counselor’s 173
Inner Renewal in Alonetime
About the Author 175
Recommended Readings 177
Author Index 195
Subject Index 197