Phil and I check-in every Monday afternoon.
He has been a direct report for the last 3.5 years. He is the Program Operations Manager at Khesed Wellness.
This week I asked, “What is one way we can grow our professional relationship?”
He asked for us to choose an annual intention, a way we each want to grow over the next year, and then check-in with each other throughout the year. He said we naturally encourage each other toward growth, and he would appreciate some more intentionality.
What a fascinating idea--mutual growth conversations at work.
While Phil and I are both trained mental health therapists, our check-in isn’t therapy. However, our meetings are therapeutic.
Therapy is a professional clinical relationship between a trained mental health therapist and client(s).
What is therapeutic? Healing experiences.
Therapeutic experiences exist within and outside of therapy.
Activities like fly fishing can be therapeutic; work meetings, dinner conversations, and travel too. Jumping into cold water can be therapeutic (for some), doing yoga, walking your dog, drinking your morning coffee slowly, listening to music, reading a book, exercise, and rest, as well.
Therapeutic experiences are diverse and abundant.
Three components create therapeutic experiences:
● An environment prioritizing and protecting vulnerability.
● An invitation for additional perspective.
● An activation of our parasympathetic nervous system (rest, digest, and heal).
Therapeutic experiences are about quality not quantity.
Written By Heather Lundy, Founder & CEO of Khesed Wellness.