Mutually Supportive and Authentic Relationships

I recently have been blessed with an opportunity to join a mentoring group. It is made up of therapists, like me, who desire to be the best they can be and contribute to the world in positive, transformative ways.

The ways I have already benefited from this group are varied and hard to put into words. But the thing that stands out for me more than anything is the generosity of spirit and shared encouragement of all my group members. I am always awe-inspired when I witness or experience first hand others giving genuine, heartfelt support and encouragement. Now, I am lucky enough to be part of a group of professionals who invest their authentic selves in contributing to the dreams and happiness of other members; and who care to offer their ideas, feedback, feelings, and thoughts when one of us is confused, unsure, afraid, overwhelmed or just plain tired. The encouragement and generosity of spirit is born from our desire to be mutually supportive and the courage to be our authentic selves with each other.

Ryan Therapy Services has the following mission statement:

“Helping clients create and nurture mutually supportive and authentic relationships.”

I chose this statement to reflect our true purpose and work because without mutually supportive and authentic relationships, we lose out. We lose the opportunities to understand ourselves and those around us more intimately; we lose the opportunity to deeply listen, to practice empathy, be vulnerable, take risks, learn how to be afraid and not avoid the tough stuff. All of us want to be understood and to receive support for living our authentic selves. And it is through encouragement and generosity of spirit that we can both give and receive this…

How much better would your relationship be if you and your partner engaged in mutually supportive and authentic relationships? What do you need to start doing yourself to contribute to the creation of support and authenticity between you and your partner?

 

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Jane Ryan

Jane Ryan, M.A., LMFT, is a Licensed Couple and Family Therapist with twenty years of clinical experience and a speciality in helping couples navigate the challenges of intimate relationships. Jane also has a sub-specialty of helping couples navigate the relational and sexual effects of breast cancer.

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