Compatibility Therapist - Patient
I want to share with you this morning a concept that I particularly like with regard to the therapeutic dimension. It is a new perspective which may seem destabilizing at first glance but which, I hope can offer an inspiring vision of what can be created in the future with people filled with courage and good will to work in team.
For years, I have been exploring different therapeutic approaches that touch the physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. I have come to realize that they come to solicit different facets of myself.
I saw so much the difference between my psycho-somatic work (following the study of Total Biology by Claude Sabbah) and my somato-emotional work (within the framework of my training as Master Practitioner in NLP).
In the first case, all the therapeutic work lay in my mental capacity to understand the general mechanism of the disease and then to identify the specificity of the patient's lived experience.
In the second case, the work was no longer really centered on the general and specific understanding of the problem but rather consisted in establishing a high quality relational environment, adapted to the patient, filled with confidence, security, kindness, non-judgment . Thanks to this context, the patient had the courage to dive into himself, to discover for himself what was wrong, to identify and use his own resources to make the necessary changes and work for his healing.
I was upset to discover in this second approach, a therapeutic working model also giving fabulous results, where the therapist had "nothing to do or nothing to understand". He didn't even necessarily need to know about his patient's problem. All the therapeutic action lay in the creation of a relational atmosphere and in the establishment of an interior experience facilitating the patient's personal process.
I must also say that as an osteopath, I had been confronted with this mystery that even if I did not really understand the patient's problem, I only had to come into contact with his body and my hands seemed be naturally guided to areas to work on to support healing. It was precisely the frustrating part of this experience, not necessarily understanding the cause of the patient's suffering but letting the hands do their work. It was not therefore a question of understanding exactly the mechanism of establishment of the disease, nor of facilitating the exploration and the transformation of the interior experience of the patient but rather of "doing" what was right for the release of the body, to feel the suffering of the tissues, the level on which to work and to amplify this self-healing force present in the patient's body, through this conscious manual contact.
I had experienced these approaches with happiness and I could see the sometimes extraordinary effects of each of them. But I had also been able to see their limits and mine above all, powerless to help despite all my efforts, my patience, my listening, my understanding. How was it that we couldn't have more predictable and consistent results?
By deepening the Unitary Sphere of identity, a model of personality, and working more and more with astrology, I began to perceive another dimension which I did not consider before and which now seems to become in my eyes the most important in the healing process: therapist-patient energy compatibility.
The different facets solicited by the different therapeutic approaches used do not fundamentally change the energy structure of the therapist. In the energy structure, some facets have more energy available to support the patient's healing process than others. In my case, the energy of reflection is clearly more available than the energy of action.
It’s the same with the patient. Whatever the problem for which he consults (physical, energetic, emotional, mental or spiritual), the energetic language which will correspond to him, is linked to his fundamental energetic structure. It's going to be the way his consciousness participates in the automatic and unconscious healing process that constantly manifests in his body.
However, whatever its energetic structure, if the level of the problem (physical, energetic, emotional, mental or spiritual) for which the patient consults is too urgent, this level should be addressed as a priority even if the patient does not participate as consciously in The healing. It is easily understood with an accident requiring an operation. The patient’s conscious involvement is less important than the action of the surgeon and his or her healthcare team. But this discrepancy between the body's need and the patient's energy structure is only important in emergency contexts, which is only a small part of the healing processes we face, as a therapist or as a patient.
For what we could call functional therapies (when we are still able to function) and which we also call medicines called “alternative”, “natural”, ie not working in an emergency , therapist-patient energy compatibility is the main criterion for successful healing.
As we have already seen, a therapist can develop multiple therapeutic skills and work in different ways to support his patients. But, is it performing in the same way, in these different approaches? If we have understood the above correctly, we can logically deduce that there is also compatibility between the therapeutic approach and the energy structure of the therapist. This is what I explained above and which gradually led me to stop practicing osteopathy and now individual coaching. I can do it, to some degree, but it requires too much energy and I am not as efficient as in mental or spiritual work where I have much more energy available to help. I am therefore much more efficient in working with approaches such as psycho-somatic, psychology of personality typologies, astrology, etc ... and especially in a teaching context.
This awareness of my capacity for intervention of excellence in therapeutic support has taken me more than 23 years since I started my studies in osteopathy. It was long, but what a joy today to be able to share this journey and to help other therapists or patients, to realize their energy profile and the most favorable contexts to receive or give help to other!
This understanding represents for me a revolution which leads to a conclusion that is heart-warming: the more we go towards our spaces of excellence, the more we need to work together to meet all our different needs. The fact of realizing my context of intervention of excellence makes that I see even more clearly the other spaces to which I no longer want to try to respond because either I am not really capable , or they ask me too much energy. On the contrary, I rather want to collaborate with others, complementary to me, who will be able to address these other needs and together, create this community of carers, able to reach patients even more effectively to support them in their best healing process.
This collaborative approach requires identifying and accepting its energy structure and the strengths and weaknesses that go with it. It therefore takes a certain amount of time and a certain honesty towards oneself; but it supports the vision that every therapist, because of their unique energy structure, has something precious to give, whatever approach they’re using right now. And this attitude facilitates so much more harmony, tolerance and peace between all the members of this big family of therapists that we are!