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Love for mental health care providers

IN MY life, I have never imagined taking care of people with wounded heart and soul. Twenty years ago, I would never think of listening to people's problems which make them suicidal. Before, I have asked myself, how can I be of help to others, when I myself is wounded deep? Now, I realized three factual realities on how to become a passionate and effective mental health care provider. Firstly, it is important to value oneself. Valuing ourselves is the supreme service we can render the world. Any man who cannot value himself, cannot value anyone. Valuing is also changing our negative thoughts about ourselves, everything that happens in our lives reflects what we believe about ourselves. How can we help our clients value themselves if we cannot begin with ourselves? Secondly, I guess we cannot talk about other feelings if we don't talk about ours. It is essential that we are transparent to how we feel, whether it will confront the painful parts of ourselves. This is to earnestly try to evict our discomforts with illumination and forgiveness. It is until we make peace with ourselves that we can help others find peace in themselves. Thirdly, we cannot form a professional relationship with our clients if we also have not l earned to build strong relationships with others. The closer we are into any type of person, the more vital it becomes for us to discover their strengths and weaknesses. It is essential to help our clients understand that being different is a blessing and not a curse. Hence, mental health care providers should also not be selective with their clients. But instead, possess a healing power of maintaining equality, courage and hope to help them continue living life. Yes, mental health care providers should wrestle with their weaknesses. Let us all then allow our angels to sing as we instill an unconditional love and patience with our clients. And let us begin by finding love and joy of knowing ourselves truly.


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