I recently had coffee with a former graduate school professor and was reminded of the importance of humility in therapeutic practice. Not only was I reminded of my days as a student, stumbling through the wide world of social services, but also of the power, will, and strength of former clients. I was comforted in the knowledge that every person who comes to therapy is the master of his or her own world, the key holder to the door that opens to new life experiences, and the expert of his or her desires and needs.
We, as clinicians, can become expert on subject matters, but we will never know more about a person than they already know. Take comfort in the idea that you are the best person to solve problems and enhance your life.
And take care.