The working life of a holistic therapist is not always easy. I had a client last year who came to me because they said I only practiced Reiki. I did not tell this client that was not true until they visited me. They were disappointed in me and promptly removed themselves from my care. I am not sure what benefit they saw in me only knowing one discipline. I have equally heard such stories from my fellow therapists. Most therapists know and practice more than one therapy. It is not a case of learning one and specialising. Of course there are therapists who only have one therapy, but that is not the norm by far. Take a look at therapist websites and you will see that many practise many disciplines.
I can equally understand why the public may see this as a therapist being a jack of all trades. However this is far from the truth. It is easy to understand why many holistic therapists decide to learn more than one therapy.
As a therapist myself that has qualified in more than one therapy, I would be a little apprehensive to visit a therapist who just had one therapy under their belt. Although I am not saying I would not visit such a person. It depends on the therapy and the therapists’ reputation for results.
CPD, Continuing professional development
Therapist are required as part of the regulations for belonging to many professional bodies, to do ongoing professional development, each year. Sometimes this can be tricky to fulfil I can tell you. A very easy way to fulfil the requirements is to undergo further training by way of workshops or in other therapies. Often training in another holistic therapy will fulfil the requirement for a few years. Extending the existing holistic knowledge of the therapist is seen as a positive thing and not a negative thing to do. All knowledge has to be good as it broadens the awareness and understanding that the therapist may have of how the body works and how they can impact the health of their client in a positive manner.
Workshops help to extend the therapists knowledge by way of short weekend or day courses. I find these very valuable as they often give me a taste of other therapies and energy knowledge. I am a colour therapist and I tend to use colour therapy in a very supportive way to my other therapies. I never use colour therapy as a main therapy for my clients. Recently, I went on a weekend workshop that was focusing on colour and sound. Sound is another of my therapies. We were given finger lights to use to illustrate the impact of coloured light on the body. Finger lights are little lights that young people use at raves and parties to shine light into a darkened dance floor. They are meant as fun little gismos. We used them to shine light on the back of each other in the workshop and the person had to say where the light was being shone. Not one person got it wrong even though they could not see where the light was being shone. This experience made me revisit something that I know well; the impact that coloured light has on the body and colour in general. I needed this little exercise to remind me of this fact and how I can use this exercise and piece of knowledge for my own students and clients.
Some clients will have an affinity with one therapy over another purely on emotional grounds. I can get the work that I need done for the client by switching my approach using one therapy over another. Each individual is different and will come from a personal emotional stand point. If they have had a negative experience with one therapy very often they will not try it again, even though it they may be experiencing the therapy via a different therapist. This has to be respected and it is impossible for any therapist to insist that a client has any therapy. So how can they help if a particular therapy is not suiting a client? Having knowledge of more than one therapy makes a great deal of sense for both the client and the therapist.
Using multiple therapies
Each therapy brings its own impact on the condition of the body and person, and using each therapy in conjunction with another can sometimes have a greater impact. Sometimes if a client is particularly highly strung or stressed I will give them one or two Reiki sessions prior to giving Hypnotherapy sessions as that helps me work much more easily with that person and they have to learn to do less work at relaxing. The Reiki brings them into a naturally relaxed state that goes far beyond the session itself.
If a person is very emotional I can tell them how to use colour in their dress, décor and generally around them to combat that stress quickly. These are very simple things and highly effective. Colour and light impact our being on all levels. We have physical, emotional and spiritual responses to colour and light.
I consider the therapies that I know as part of my tool kit bag. Just as a builder or carpenter has a correct tool for a particular job in their tool bag, so have I. All of the therapies that I use are part of my therapy tool kit. I do not offer one therapy over another to a client just as an experience for money. I want results for my client and my tools bring those results and that is the point.
As my knowledge of energy has deepened over the years learning each of my therapies, I have come to understand that each therapy is just a different approach to impacting the client’s energy system or body. Sometimes one therapy will not do the work that I require effectively enough for that particular client and so I can call on the other therapies and energy knowledge that I possess. I do not see this as a negative state of affairs but of infinite benefit to my client’s wellbeing and management.
Each therapy I have learnt over the years gives me another way of bringing healing to my clients; all have deepened my knowledge of how the body works both energetically and physically. I have learnt how energy impacts the energy system and the body to good effect. I know that if I needed the help of a holistic therapist I would look for one that has a good reputation of gaining healing results and not one who necessarily specialises in one therapy. Broad and deep knowledge makes sense to me.
Over to you
Please share your experiences of therapists who have specialised in one discipline or have a multiple of therapies available to their clients in the comments at the foot of this blog page. You may be a therapist or visit therapists on a regular or intermittent basis. Whatever your relationship with the healing arts, we would love to hear from you and discover what you think. Please feel free to share your experience.
Best wishes Lynette