As a classically trained musician, I have come to understand the importance of listening, collaboration, and attunement. I view this understanding as the basis from which I work as a therapist. Talking through our thoughts and feelings with someone who is actively listening can provide a sense of great relief. It can also be a unique opportunity to clarify our feelings, and to gain valuable insight into our thoughts and experiences. An attuned collaborator can help us see things in ourselves that we have been unable to recognize, so far.
I also appreciate how difficult it can be to recognize the unhelpful and unproductive templates or narratives we have developed over a lifetime. Whereas once they may have been necessary, they can, in the here and now, limit our understanding and imagination of what it means to live more freely, internally connected, and engaged in the world around us. Therapy can help tease apart the bad from the good, help us rework those patterns, and allow us to make choices in the present that can serve us better as we move forward.