Psychotherapy, counseling, life coaching…any approach that makes sense for a patient or client at a given moment is the approach that I use in my work. The label is not what defines the work. The progress made by my patients/clients is the definition of my success; their success.
In therapy, counseling or coaching, a patient/client cannot go further than his/her therapist has gone. A therapist has to have the ability to put him/herself in the patient’s shoes.
I view my work as a process of liberation from anxiety, fears and depression which manifest them in physiological symptoms and emotional difficulties. My work is a relational process in which I am the instrument of change. Over years of diligent and committed work, I endeavor to gain the respect and trust of my patients/clients so that they can follow me into areas that they would not dare to enter by themselves.
For close to 50 years I have practiced psychotherapy, social work, life coaching, counseling, presented and participated in workshops and seminars and martial arts training. I have learned many ways to help treat my patients and clients. They include various facets of verbal, nonverbal and bodywork interventions. My primary focus is my cherished, real relationships with my patients/clients, which are based on mutual respect and trust. I believe that for most patients/clients, seeking therapy or counseling of any kind is their last effort to reach out to someone who will hear and see them. After many years of my own personal growth and continued comprehensive training, I believe that my ability to hear and see my patients/clients is highly developed and consequently healing.
-Natan HarPaz, Ph.D.