The practitioner-client relationship
Working with others in a therapeutic or helping role is both rewarding and challenging.
When we engage with others in our capacity as a healer or therapist – be it as a naturopath, herbalist, massage therapist, counsellor, Reiki practitioner or in another modality – we are given the opportunity to assist those who have sought out our advice or services.
The practitioner-client relationship is a dynamic one where we interact with each other on a number of different levels. Because of this, it is imperative to ensure that we are aware of what is happening both at a physical and metaphysical level when we are interacting with clients.
In order to truly assist others in a healing and helping capacity we need to be in a neutral, objective and non-attached state at all times. That is, we are not operating from the level of the personality when working with others and we’re not seeking or needing anything from the client e.g. approval, admiration etc.
There will be times when we may find ourselves going into unchartered territory with our clients, delving into deeply-buried hurts and emotional traumas or uncovering unconscious fears or memories our clients have that have been hidden beneath the surface and are now emerging to be acknowledged and healed. Looking after our own physical and metaphysical wellbeing when wearing our caregiver, practitioner or therapist hat is absolutely essential if we are to maintain our own longevity and health while doing our work.
Trying to be ‘all things to all people’ in our quest to assist others and ‘save the world’ is one trap that we can fall into if we’re not careful. This can come about due to an inability to say ‘no’ and set clear boundaries, which may be due to an underlying fear that if we say ‘no’, then we’re letting people down or that people won’t like us or that we’re being selfish. Whatever our story may be, the reality is we can never be all things to all people, and may die trying!
Taking things personally is unproductive and is something to be alert to when working with others in a healing or therapeutic capacity. We are sought out by our clients for advice and guidance, yet it is ultimately up to them to apply and put in practice the advice we give them. Remember: you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink!
First Light® plant essence No 64 Koromiko corresponds to the archetype of The Priestess/Healer and assists us to access our inner wise one, enabling us to be a clear channel to receive insights and guidance in regard to what our clients need and what we can potentially do to help them. No 64 Koromiko helps us to maintain poise, calm and clear boundaries to prevent us getting drawn into other people’s dramas. No 64 Koromiko also works as a shield, protecting us from emotional tension being emitted by others.
If we do end up inadvertently taking on board a client’s energetic baggage or issues, we need to act swiftly to clear ourselves otherwise problems such as ‘healer burnout’ may ensue. ‘Healer burnout’ is a very real condition that many practitioners experience at some point in their career and needs to be addressed both at the physical and energetic levels for us to fully recover and restore our health.
Taking a blend containing the seven First Light® fern essences after each session with a client is one of the best ways to maintain the integrity of our aura on a daily basis to keep energy flowing freely and unimpeded. The seven First Light® fern essences cleanse and restore our aura, removing energetic debris that can clog our energy field, leading to problems that, if not addressed, may start to manifest as health problems at a physical level.
Healers essence No 88 Wheki is an excellent essence to help us recognise what we need to do in order to maintain our health and wellbeing on all levels. Ensuring we take rest when we need it, eating well and looking after our adrenal glands and nervous and immune systems are key physical aspects to address. Knowing our limits at a physical level and being mindful of not taking on more than we can realistically manage helps to prevent us from crashing and burning.
Healers essence No 90 Smooth Shield Fern is another great essence to help us maintain personal autonomy and energetic integrity when working with others. No 90 Smooth Shield Fern protects us from taking on others energy, so anything that isn’t ours literally slides off us like water off a duck’s back.
Nature has generously provided us with the tools we need to assist and be of service to others, while supporting and maintaining our own wellbeing to ensure we are in the best possible shape to fulfil our duties as the healers, therapists and caregivers of the world.
— Lana Raill
Lana holds diplomas in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine and New Zealand Native Flower Essence Therapy, and is a First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® Registered Practitioner. Lana specialises in working with vibrational plant medicine in the form of First Light® flower essences and is available for consultations in Grey Lynn and Avondale on 021 02468952 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org