Views From Down Under: Alone, Yet Not Lonely!

July 15, 2014 8:37 PM

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Views From Down Under: Alone, Yet Not Lonely!

When I was a young girl growing up in rural Australia, I felt alone but never lonely! We always had plenty of space where I lived even when we moved from town to town with my father's work. I especially sought out the remotest areas I could, whether it be a park, the back of the garden a paddock or a school yard. I just seemed to like being alone. I was also a good observer. I could sit for hours on end just "people watching."

This skill to observe has served me well as a therapist. It has turned me from that weird girl who stares to that woman who listens intently to your stories and can hold the space comfortably: Two qualities that are a must in the therapeutic process.

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