From Michael A. Singer’s The Untethered Soul
I recently watched the movie Kumaré, about American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi who transformed himself into Sri Kumaré, an enlightened guru from a fictional village in India. He adopted a fake Indian accent, grew out his beard and hair, and came up with his own message and yoga moves to teach his future disciples. Vikram struggled as he went further into this charade about the moral implications of this experiment. One way he tries to keep some morality is by keeping his main message to people that they don’t need a guru and that they can “find the guru within themselves”.
This message is one of the same messages given in energy healing. It is not the healer that heals the patient, but the healer that helps the patient heal himself. In her book Hands of Light (1987), Barbara Brennan states that,
“No matter how miraculous the result, the healer really induces the patient to heal himself through natural processes, even though they are beyond what is considered to be natural for those who are not familiar with healing” (p.147).
In the same chapter, Barbara Brennan describes 3 things that an energy healer has to offer people with physical illness that they often will not get by seeking someone in the medical profession:
- A broader perspective and understanding of the causes and cures of disease
- Access to information in the energy field about a physical illness that may not be available through the traditional medical methodology
- Helping the patient to enhance his own healing abilities
Here is an overview of each benefit.
A) Broader Understanding of the Causes and Cures of Disease
When someone gets a serious illness, there are different responses. Illness can be understood through a physical, emotional, or spiritual lens. Energy Healing will encompass the spiritual approach, and may recommend a physical and emotionally-focussed approach as well.
Physical Causes and Cures (Body)
From this perspective, something caused you to get sick and now you need to find a way to become healthy again if possible. For some things, we don’t look any deeper than this. We seek a doctor, take recommended treatments, and go from there.
Some people will wonder about what caused their illness. They may seek reasons in their physical environment by exploring their relationship with their physical body – diet, exercise, sleep, medications, environment and more. Changing patterns in relationship with your physical body can bring healing to an illness.
Emotional Causes and Cures (Mind)
Some people will look deeper at their emotional relationships to see how these may have impacted or exacerbated their illness. Gabor Maté is a Canadian medical doctor who has shifted his understanding of illness from a purely biological one to an emotional-related one. He has written multiple books exploring the relationship of the mind-body link of both mental health issues, physical illness, and addiction. He demonstrates their connection with scientific research, case histories, and his own experience. For illnesses that stick around, shifting emotional patterns and family dynamics can offer healing to illness that the medical options on their own won’t have the capacity to heal.
One example is ADHD. The common medical perspective is that it is an illness and needs to be treated with medication for a lifetime. Yet people can heal from ADHD by exploring their emotional patterns and family dynamics. Gabor Maté writes in his book Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder (2012):
“People often ask if one can “grow out” of attention deficit disorder – a good question, for healing is a matter of growth. And the answer is yes. It is not curing that ADD children need: they need to be helped to grow. What is required is not a change in parenting techniques but a change in parenting attitudes, based on a deeper understanding of the child. The adult with attention deficit disorder needs also to gain a deeper understanding of herself, to undertake the task we will later describe as self-parenting” (p. 141-142)
Spiritual Causes and Cures (Spirit)
Next are people who will want to use a spiritual lens to get a broader sense of their illness. They look at illness as a teacher in their lives. They can look at what an illness is giving them in their lives that they aren’t receiving elsewhere. Illnesses can bring suffering and pain and at the same time wisdom and insight. Spiritual insight can initiate change in foundational patterns people have in their lives and bring healing to illness.
Some people will look at their life with the perspective that they chose this life, this illness, and even their family before they were born. Once you start reading books by spiritual leaders you will realize that many of them have this perspective including some of my favorites – Ram Dass and Paramahansa Yogananda. From this broader perspective a person can realize that illness is neither good nor bad but a tool to help them with something on their spiritual journey. Ram Dass talks about the role of karma in regard to illness. From the karmic perspective, sometimes illness is related to past-lives.
How To Combine Mind-Body-Spirit Approaches
My perspective is that a combination of each perspective is needed on a journey towards healing an illness. Certainly, exploring one avenue may bring you the desired results, but when you broaden your perspective you open yourself to more avenues to healing.
If the spiritual lens doesn’t fit with your world-view, then start with the physical and emotional lens. If the medical lens doesn’t fit with you, consider exploring your reasons why. They may be well-founded, but you may be making your life overly complicated.
Sometimes the Medical Path is All That is Needed
I remember when one of my sons was younger and he was having frequent bloody noses along with his cold and occasional fevers. Early on I went to my doctor who was curious whether it was allergy related and referred him to an allergist. While waiting months for this appointment, his symptoms were getting worse. I took him to a naturopath. She determined that it was a sinus infection and referred me back to my doctor to get antibiotics. The naturopath also recommended probiotics. The antibiotics and probiotics were what my son needed, and he got better. We didn’t need to explore an emotional or spiritual lens in this scenario.
My Experience with a Mind-Body-Spirit Approach
When I had a depression many years ago when I lived in Vancouver, I started with a physical approach by making sure I got outside every day even though I rarely wanted to. I always felt a little better after I went for a bike ride. I also explored it an emotional level with a therapist and decided to make some big changes in my life – quitting my job and moving back to Ontario. Next, I started to explore it at a spiritual level and that’s when I found a deeper healing. Depression was a teacher in my life whether I wanted it to be or not.
B) Energy Healers Have Access to Information in the Energy Field
A second benefit of an energy healer is that they have access to information in your energy field. An energy healer uses their sixth sense to attune to a person’s biofield and chakras. When a person presents with physical illness, an energy healer can sometimes look at a person’s energy field and receive information or offer healing in a way that attending to the body or mind cannot. I’ve written a general overview of this process in the Anatomy of an Energy Healing .
Both of my sons have had eye surgeries and have had reactions after receiving anesthesia. They would become wild as they awoke after surgery and it was scary for both parents and kids. When my youngest was going to receive his final eye surgery, I had an energy healer do a healing on him. She was able to give me tips on how to support him during and after surgery. She received these insights by tuning into his energy field. We used warm blankets on his feet to help him ground. I was by his side as they gave him anesthesia. She gave a healing to help his eye heal more quickly as well. All these things contributed to a better experience for all of us. The energy healer was able to access information that was beyond the scope of a medical provider and personalized towards my son.
C) Energy Healing Helps People Enhance Their Own Healing Abilities
The best healings come when a healer helps you enhance your own healing abilities. When I do an energy healing I tell them that I do an energy healing that aligns with their intention. We all have the capacity to heal, and my experience is that energy healing will often amplify the healing of both mental health problems and physical illness. When an energy healer works on your biofield, the positive impact on your biofield can help your physical body do what it needs to heal. In addition, if you’re doing things already in your life to help improve your health, energy healing is like a boost to your other efforts.
Additionally, I find that psychotherapy is a way to deepen one’s healing abilities in combination with energy healing. Many of us want a quick answer – tell me what the cause of my illness is and what I need to do. You may think you want to know these things, but once you start examining the layers of illness in relation to mind, body, and spirit, you will realize that this journey takes courage. You will have to make changes in your life that you may strongly resist. You may have to look at different parts of yourself that you don’t want to. You may find yourself saying, “I’ll do anything but that”. Be gentle with yourself if you find these pieces in yourself. The reasons for our resistance served us at a time in our life even though they’re not helping us in the same way anymore.
Shifting Unhealthy Patterns to Healthy Ones
In a deeper exploration of the roots of my depression I was able to see deeply held patterns in my life that had served me in a positive way growing up. Over time these patterns didn’t serve me anymore and I became depressed. Now I’ve gotten to the point where often I can recognize that I’m in an old unhelpful pattern and I’ll shift how I react to a situation. No one else is encouraging me to change my thoughts or behaviors, I’m able to recognize situations that I need to make a change. My own healing ability has been amplified.
If you spend decades embroiled in an unhelpful pattern, it takes time, willingness, and compassion to change that pattern. Fortunately, this journey is available to us all and there are people willing to guide and be with us along this path.
When Illness Persists
Sometimes an illness will not be cured in this lifetime. An illness may appear and a person will not recover and may die from it. A spiritual lens can help a person make sense of it when it doesn’t make any sense as to why it appeared and you aren’t seeing the changes you want no matter what you do.
When an illness persists there are many thoughts and emotions to sift through – Fear, Anger, feeling like a victim and more. An illness’ appearance may not have any rational understanding. Miracles certainly can happen in the most dire of circumstances, yet many times this is not the case. Like any healing modality, energy healing doesn’t bring a guarantee of a return to health. Yet unlike other modalities, the spiritual lens in energy healing can sometimes bring peace in a difficult situation.
Want to learn more?
Books to Explore Illness from an Emotional Lens by Gabor Maté
- Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder
- When the Body Says No: The Hidden Cost of Stress
- In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addictions
Books to Explore Illness from a Spiritual Lens
- Be Love Now by Ram Dass: Chapter Seven – The Way of Grace
- Hands of Light by Barbara Brennan: Chapter 15 – From Energy Block to Physical Disease
- Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
 Brennan, Barbara (1987). Hands of Light. New York: Bantam Books.
 Maté, Gabor (2012). Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder. Toronto: Vintage Canada.
I’ll admit when I wrote this title I cringed. I apologize in advance for getting the song from Frozen, “Let It Go” into your head. Sometimes I will attempt to sing parts of this song to my kids to annoy them. It works well in annoying my kids and doesn’t ever help them let something go.
Let It Go
When this phrase is spoken, the opposite is often felt. Try it out with these phrases:
“He broke your heart, now let him go and move on”
“Yes, that text really angered you, just let it go, that person is a moron and doesn’t know what he’s talking about”
“Your <insert love one’s name> has been gone a long time now. It’s time to let that sadness go and move on”
You can probably add many more examples, and my guess is that each of these statements do not help anyone let anything go. All these phrases could have used the word “I” instead of the word “You” as well. Often there is no one else but us who is telling us to let something go.
The Mythical Switch
We all have things in our life that we want to let go. We’d love to find that switch in ourselves that allowed us to do so, that mythical switch where when we turned it off, and then the feelings we don’t want to feel would change in an instant. Or that behavior switch that would help us change a behavior we wanted to make. Or the thought switch that would help us change our thoughts. I have prayed for this switch and often wish that it was this easy. It’s not.
Intentions are a 2-Sided Coin
Letting something go is an intention that you make either aloud or silently. I have often felt frustrated with the oversimplification of setting intentions in books & articles. I have read too many things where the solution to reducing pain is opening your heart to feel the pain or setting an intention to let something go. An intention will work if it is pure, but when it comes to letting go of something, I would guess that 99% of the time an intention is a “should” in disguise.
A pure intention is when something is true to you in your mind, body, & spirit.
“My intention is to go to France for one year” could be understood as “I want to go to France for a year and I’m going to find a way to do it”. If that’s true, it’s likely to happen. If it’s a, “I should or maybe want to”, it’s much less likely that I will go to France for one year.
Notice that I didn’t put a “let it go” phrase into this example, because that’s much harder to find.
The Silent Should
Usually when I set an intention to let something go, it is a “should” and not a true desire. There is a silent “should” said underneath it.
“My intention is to stop being angry at Veronica” is actually “I should stop being angry at Veronica even though I’m still angry at her”.
How to Sing Let It Go and Really Mean It
- Acknowledge what you want to let go (e.g. anger towards a person)
- Reflect on whether it’s a should or a true desire to change or do something
- If it’s a true desire – it will manifest quickly (sometimes effortlessly and sometimes still needing a lot of effort)
- If it’s a should, then you need to explore what is blocking your desire to let it go
Explore where you’re judging yourself and not being compassionate to what you’re feeling. Start by exploring the reasons why you:
A) Want to let something go
B) Don’t want to let something go
We all have reasons why we want to let something go and at the same time we have reasons why we don’t want to let something go. It may not be rational, but that’s okay. It is essential that we have compassion for both parts of ourselves. There is wisdom and pain in both parts. If we tell the part of ourselves that wants to be angry to be less angry, it’s unlikely to work. If we deeply explore BOTH of those pieces of ourselves, then we are more likely to make a shift and let something go.
Sometimes I can do this process on my own in a journal. Other times I find it helpful to do this with someone in my life who can act as a guide. This person needs to be someone:
- I trust
- Loves me unconditionally or can be non-judgmental with me
- Wants to and has the capacity to really listen to me
Most of the time, I find this easiest done with a therapist because they’re less biased and will spend an hour of devoted time to really sink into an issue. While loved ones may have the capacity to do this with us, I don’t generally recommend it because there are too many wild cards that get in the way (e.g. Kids, relationship issues, positive or negative biases and many more possibilities).
Also, if you explore it further, you will learn that these blocks all started from somewhere in your childhood. A therapist can help you explore these sources and help you shift on your current journey of trying to let something go or changing a behavior.
You may feel overwhelmed reading that the process of letting something go is not so simple, or you may feel relief that it’s possible to let something go without disregarding a piece of yourself. I often feel both overwhelm and relief. Those feelings are a good clue that there’s something to explore. Remember, it’s not a switch, letting go takes time. Sometimes time on it’s own will work miracles and sometimes the passing of time doesn’t help at all. I guarantee if you go through this process that it will be easier to let go of the current situation or will help you when you find yourself in future situations that are similar.
What are you trying to let go?
Recently, I’ve been watching David Letterman’s interviews on Netflix. He has an auditorium filled with people waiting to see him interview a surprise guest. His guests have been Obama, George Clooney, and soon Malala. The crowd cheers with each guest.
Now imagine what would have happened if he announced more controversial figures – a shooter at one of the school shootings or Donald Trump. Or imagine he decided to interview an unknown person, let’s say Leonard Tows – a local person who cleans the streets. Imagine what it be like to be in the crowd for those guests.
What you’re doing is feeling the energy of the crowd. You’re feeling or trying not to feel your emotions. You have a sense of what the audience is feeling and perhaps any splits of emotion in the crowd. You watch David Letterman and try to get a read of his energy and emotions about his guest. You watch the guest and get a sense of his energy and emotions in a liberal crowd. Your emotions and energy might be so strong that you can’t tune into anyone else.
The Mystical & The Unmystical
Many people have heard about energy healing, yet many people remain skeptical about it. What is it exactly? Anyone who’s practiced energy healing for a while or received multiple energy healings knows that there is incredible mystery and wonder in energy healing. Like any facet of life, you can explore it at a surface level or in depth. I can understand at a surface level that I have blood in my body. Then, there are people who study blood for their entire lives! Their comprehension is vast and has depth.
Energy healing can be looked at in a similar way. While energy healing has incredible depth, at its basic levels it’s fairly unmysterious.
The easiest way to notice your own chakras or energy field is to notice it in relationship with other people. When we interact with people, our energy fields are ALWAYS interacting, and you’re probably more aware of energy than you realize. Your field of energy and your chakras are the invisible structures that are in motion in these situations. How you modulate your field or chakras will impact what emotions you feel or whether you feel any emotion at all.
Energy in Relationship with Others
Imagine the difference in what you feel in each situation below:
- You hug someone that you love and who also loves you
- You hug someone you don’t want to hug
- You hug someone who doesn’t want to hug you
- You hug someone that you’re unsure about
Common reactions might be:
- You feel you connected to this person and feel the love between you (chakras open)
- While hugging this person you are not opening your heart and perhaps pushing them away energetically while you hug them (chakras closed and shielding yourself)
- Your heart is open, but you don’t feel any connection to the person (you feel them being distant to you)
- You might not feel anything – some people hug anyone with their hearts open and some people won’t hug anyone with their hearts open unless they feel safe with them.
There is a dynamic in the energy between people. Can you remember a time you looked at two people and you could sense the depth of their connection? Here’s an example of the Canadian figure skating duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in their gold-medal winning performance. They say that they are not romantically involved, but their connection is deep and sincere. You can also feel the audience’s connection with them during pivotal moments of their dance.
On the other side of it, can you remember a time when you watched two people and could feel the tension even though nothing was being said? The show, the Office, was spectacular at awkward moments. Here’s a few clips of the relationship between Kelly & Ryan. The body language makes it pretty obvious what they are feeling, and yes body language is related to what’s going on in our chakras and energy field.
While body language is helpful, there doesn’t have to be any obvious body language for us to tune into tension or love in the air. That feeling of connection is when our chakras are open. We close our chakras when we don’t want to connect with someone.
Consider a time you were in an argument with someone you love. You might start to close your chakras because you are getting defensive. This will feel like distance between you and your partner.
If someone is yelling at you, often you can feel the ickiness of someone trying to dump their negative energy on you. You may try to shield yourself from this person by blocking their energy from you. You might send daggers with your eyes.
We all have a different energy signature (the way we modulate our chakras & field) when it comes to interacting with people. One of the easiest ways to notice this is in the difference in people’s personal space. You will probably be more comfortable to be closer to people that you love and trust. Everyone will have a different buffer with strangers. Seinfeld has a great clip of the cast interacting with a “close talker”.
We all carry our chakras and energy field differently. Our signature is unique depending on our personality and circumstances that we grew up in. If you visit a different country, you will also notice general differences in personal space and depth of connection between people.
Thoughts, Behaviors, Emotions, & Energy
Sometimes in life we build patterns of modulating our energy in situations that aren’t helpful to us. If you have social anxiety, you may notice both the part of you that really wants to connect with other people and another part that is terrified to do so. The conventional approach is psychotherapy or counselling for social anxiety.
Traditionally counselling will use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to help this person by connecting how her thoughts and her behaviors impact her emotions and vice versa. At a deeper level, her chakras and field are also connected to this mix. Shifting thoughts, behaviors, & emotions impact our chakras and energy field. So, an alternative approach can be to shift our energy field to shift our thoughts, behaviors, & emotions.
Energy Healing and Counselling
Energy healing and counselling are a great combination. A practiced energy healer is person who is in tune with a person’s chakras and energy field. Their years of practice and experience have allowed them to tune into the energetic levels with skill and depth.
Skilled therapists do this too without ever saying anything about chakras or energy fields. They tune into a person and get a sense of when their words and energy don’t match. They help balance a person’s energy field with their words and the feeling of safety in their presence. Counselling can help explore problems at a deeper level so that you can understand them more and make changes that are needed in a conscious way.
Energy healing can be a wonderful gift in times where you don’t want to talk to anyone, but you want to feel relief. It’s also a great option for times when you’ve tried a lot of counselling and you’re not noticing any changes. It can be healing to take a break from thinking and talking about things. Personally, I found that counselling worked to a certain level, but that energy healing gave me the opportunity to heal. Energy healing is another method to help shift your energy field in places that you want change in your life.
Want to learn more about counselling & energy healing? Contact me for free 15 minute consultation to learn more.
I remember when I was at one of my first jobs in child and youth mental health after finishing my Masters of Social Work, my supervisor said with pride,
“We don’t provide counselling, we provide psychotherapy.”
I was kind of embarrassed and wondered how I hadn’t known the difference between counselling and psychotherapy until that time.
But then, when designing my website, I asked friends what they would prefer if they were seeking talk therapy – counselling or psychotherapy? Almost everyone chose counselling over psychotherapy. And most people saw counselling & psychotherapy as being the same thing.
How Counselling & Psychotherapy Are Similar
Imagine that talk therapy is represented by the ocean. If you receive counselling or psychotherapy, you have jumped into the ocean. All counselling and psychotherapy are forms of talk therapy. This is the only guaranteed similarity.
How Counselling & Psychotherapy Are Different
However, after this, the difference will change depending on your country and even the region you reside in that country. In some places counselling and psychotherapy are used interchangeably by talk therapists and clients. In other places psychotherapy connotates use of psychotherapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) or Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), whereas counselling is understood as talk therapy in a broader sense and may or may not include psychotherapeutic techniques.
The province I live in – Ontario, Canada – has made a decision to separate counselling and psychotherapy. Counselling could be seen as most of the ocean. Counselling can be understood as a broad term of providing talk therapy to an individual, couple, family or group.
Psychotherapy would be for those parts of the ocean where you start wondering if you, your passengers and your boat are going to be okay. The waves are choppier, perhaps you’ve entered a more dangerous storm. Imagine that you are a pretty good sailor, but you are no longer sure you can guarantee safety to the same degree you could in smoother waters. Psychotherapy, according to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, is defined as:
“Treating, by means of psychotherapy technique, delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception, or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behavior, communication or social functioning.”
Psychotherapy consists of (1) use of a psychotherapeutic technique and (2) the severity of an individual’s disorder. A person can offer counselling and use a psychotherapeutic technique, but they cannot use it with someone who fits the definition of having a serious disorder.
Another difference is that in Ontario, counselling can be offered by anyone, whether or not they have an education in counselling or any sort of certification. Anyone can take a boat and put it in the water. However, if a practitioner advertises that they provide psychotherapy, then the rules change. Someone who practices psychotherapy is a practiced sailor. Practitioners of psychotherapy need to be members of a college such as the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Servicers Workers (OCSWSSW), the College of Psychologists’ of Ontario, and the College of Registered Psychotherapists among others.
What Is A Serious Disorder?
This is where the definition of psychotherapy enters shades of gray. If you’re working with someone who provides psychotherapy, the gray area is less important, because psychotherapy encompasses counselling. If you’re working with a someone who provides counselling, you will have to check with them to see if they are qualified to provide psychotherapy if needed.
Clear as mud? Here are a few examples.
If you have depression, but you are not suicidal, then you can see someone who provides either counselling or psychotherapy. Both counselling and psychotherapy can use evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques and/or more general counselling techniques and possibly some complementary services such as energy healing or hypnosis, and others to help meet your needs.
If you have depression and you are regularly suicidal, then you have entered a more serious phase of depression and would need to be seen by someone who can provide psychotherapy. You can ask your practitioner if he/she is qualified to do so and your practitioner will be responsible to communicate his/her level of expertise. This person must (1) be a member of a professional college who can offer psychotherapy and (2) use psychotherapeutic techniques. In addition, they could also use more general counselling techniques and complementary services such as energy healing, hypnosis, naturopathy or others to enhance your care.
If you are looking for assistance in parenting one or more of your children, then the psychotherapeutic technique of using Emotion Focused Family Therapy can be a helpful therapeutic model to help you and your child. Engaging in Emotion Focused Family Therapy with a practitioner, in this case, could be considered under the umbrella of counselling, even though it is a psychotherapeutic technique. The reason this assistance would be considered counselling, is because it is being used in a less serious situation.
To contrast, if you are looking for assistance in parenting one or more of your children and they have mental health issues that are more serious, then the use of Emotion Focused Family Therapy would fall under the umbrella of psychotherapy. The reason this becomes psychotherapy is because the psychotherapeutic technique is being used in a more serious situation.
I hope this has helped you understand the difference between counselling and psychotherapy. If you’re not sure if you should look for psychotherapy or for counselling, don’t fret. The easiest way to understand is to talk to a psychotherapist or counsellor in your area. Give them an idea of what you’re hoping for from talk therapy, and they can help you navigate whether counselling or psychotherapy is a better fit for you.
If you know that you are seeking psychotherapy, ask your talk therapist what professional college they belong to and whether they are qualified to offer psychotherapy. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
I recently saw this photograph by Pascal Kobeh in a shop nearby and was struck by what this photo captured. Here was a scuba diver and here was a great white shark just looking at one another. What was going to happen next? Perhaps nothing or perhaps the scuba diver would get eaten.
That shark is huge! And look at all the scars. What emotions is that scuba diver feeling? Scared or calm? He or she is holding something – is it a weapon? What is the shark doing? Showing curiosity or surmising the best way to eat the scuba diver?
When I looked at this photo I couldn’t help but look at it in a symbolic way – what are the great white sharks in our lives? Sometimes it’s certain emotions – I’ll feel anything but that emotion. Sometimes it’s fear of a past event – I’ll talk about anything but that/the past is the past. Sometimes it’s fear of the future – if I do that then I’ll fail/be destroyed/decimated.
In therapy, there can be a fear of exploring old wounds or facing our fears. Those fears are often valid – if you’ve been bitten by a shark would you go back in the water? If you’ve heard stories about dangerous encounters with sharks, shouldn’t you be afraid? And yet often, those fears hold us back from getting what we want from life.
I remember when I went to my first talk therapy session, I thought, “What is the point of going into the past? It’s over”. Why go into past, isn’t it better to move forward? In therapy, we don’t delve into past issues unless they are relevant to an issue that you are having right now. Many times, those shark bites of the past continue to impact us without even realizing it. Many times, they impact how we parent and the relationships that we have. Would you want your child to go into the ocean if you had been bitten by a shark? Very unlikely. But where does that leave your child if she wants to explore the ocean?
My guess is that this was not the first time the scuba diver had been in the water. I would guess that this scuba diver had been in the water many times before this photo was caught. My role as a therapist is to be your guide as you go back in the ocean. I will help you face your fears.
The photographer’s explanation:
The shoot in search of the great white shark took place off the coast of Mexico on the Pacific side, in the waters of Guadalupe Island. This shoot aimed to demystify the terrible myth of the white shark and show that in good conditions, encountering one can be a serene experience characterized by mutual respect and curiosity.