There are so many reasons to be in your own treatment as a mental health professional.
However, treating a mental health professional in their own therapy requires a specialized skill set. As therapists, our professional work is closely woven into the fabric of our being. We are not blank slates. In the most basic sense, we are in a relationship with each of our clients and those relationships move and shape us as they do our clients. Each experience illuminates different facets of our personhood and so we necessarily have to attend to our own being to do our work well. It takes a therapist who can expertly manage the boundaries between counselor, mentor, supervisor, and peer to curate a growth experience for a mental health professional in individual therapy.
Having spent equal amounts of time as a practitioner, professor, and clinical supervisor, Dr. Barimany offers this service to mental health workers who seek their own care and growth.