I was recently asked by a colleague “How do BeeLeaf trainees and graduates do so well in gaining placements, employment and establishing busy practices?”
Well, first answer is that through our supportive application process we get great trainees who are outstanding individuals, each on a unique life-path with something important they want to contribute.
They come from very diverse backgrounds, and each goes through rigorous and personalised learning processes to hone their potential skills, understanding and professionalism.
And how we support and nurture that contribution lies in developments in training philosophy honed over decades and informed by the historical journey that the practice of psychotherapy has taken over centuries, most intensely in the last 100 years.
Taking this wide view and integrating it with individual experience of our graduate psychotherapists, there are two consistent principles we see.
One is the ever growing and rebalancing relationship between psychotherapy, psychotherapists and the people who seek psychotherapy as a way to address the challenges of life.
The fact is, the psychotherapy of the 20th century changed us, our understanding of what it is to be human and how to live with the most authenticity, courage and resilience. It even lead us to seek a sense of wholeness and flow, engaging with life’s problems and opportunities, something very few people were encouraged to think about in previous ages.
Arguably, the increased individual freedoms and rights to be who we are would not have come to us in the 21st century without the influence of the pioneering psychotherapists like Freud, Rogers, Bowlby, Beck and Erickson.
The other principle is how these changes, that people face individually and as groups in society, keep challenging psychotherapy to grow with them.
Psychotherapy as it was practiced 100, 50, even 20 years ago, within contrasting schools, drew upon principles that are just as relevant today – and psychotherapy is also very limited if we do not continue to evolve psychotherapeutic practice and philosophy to address the living experience and needs of people facing distress today.
With changes in culture and society, with scientific progress and economic upheaval, the Contemporary Psychotherapist is challenged to creatively integrate from several models of psychotherapeutic provision to address today’s challenges.
The all-important relational component of holding a person’s process of growth requires collaborative personalisation with each client, often drawing on connected pools of knowledge such as psychobiology, social influences and, above all, in-the-muscle relational skills that enhance respect and flexibility.
Due to the success of psychotherapy as a force in the world for better lives, the contexts within which the Contemporary Psychotherapist works are varied and have different demands.
Graduates from BeeLeaf acquire so much more than Accreditation and Registration with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy, one of the leading professional bodies, holding the highest standards of training and professional accountability of any psychotherapy and counselling organisation in the country.
They graduate having benefitted from a training pathway that understands what they need to build their own flexible interface with the demanding working world of a professional psychotherapist. That includes an integrative working knowledge of complementing theories and practice, suitable to varying clinical environments and client needs, making their work attractive to public and employers alike.
So the Contemporary Psychotherapist garners an appreciation of working in brief, mid-term and long-term cases according to client needs and resources.
They are committed to updating their knowledge according to research and their own creative pioneering journey. They are developed as individuals, with heightened skills in communication, both verbal and non-verbal, modeling therapy to meet the strengths, values difficulties in each person’s journey.
At BeeLeaf we offer an in-depth, extensive training pathway, guiding you through stage appropriate clinical practice that is flexible to your life-experience and interests, according to the highest national standards and professional expectations. We will not indulge applicants by giving a false impression that a briefer training will take them to some random income bracket. And we certainly don’t suggest that becoming a psychotherapist is a good or realistic option for everybody and anybody.
But if you are interested in learning more about yourself, more about others and joining them in a professional role that can help them to change their life for the better, in ways they and you might sometimes feel are impossible, then enrolling on the BeeLeaf Foundation Training in Contemporary Psychotherapy can be the first stage in the unbelievably rewarding profession of psychotherapy.