Therapists, Clergy, Mediums, and Psychics, "My Stuff, Your Stuff": Watch Out For "Theme Interference!"
Instructor: Carla Wills-Brandon
Saturday June 23rd 2018
4:00pm - 5:30pm
4:00pm - 5:30pm
As the author of 14 published books, 30 years private practice and extensive media experience on major television and radio, including Coast to Coast with Art Bell, Coast to Coast with George Noory, The Bill Mahar Show, The Geraldo Rivera Show and many more, we could agree I’ve seen a lot! One would also think that for me “theme interference” would be a “no-brainer”. Well, you would be wrong. Tag teaming with fantastic helping professionals is always a joy because we can learn from each other. These wonderful friends call me on my “stuff” or when my thinking goes south. The day I decide I know everything is the day I need to be put out to pasture! Theme Interference is an old psychology term that originally had to do with transference (When my issues or emotions unintentionally interfere with the healing process of my patient, client or sitter). Over the years, as I’ve grown, I’ve discovered there’s more to learn about this often problematic pain in our personal and professional “Tukas!” than we know. None of us want to be seen as possibly getting in the way of those we serve. But, everyone has losses, grief, moments of anger or personal distress and this can create issues for us as practitioners. Clinicians, medical personnel, trauma workers, mediums, psychics and even funeral directors can find their emotions, personal experiences and history welling up when providing care. When this happens does this make us “bad” caretakers? If we get too emotional, and unknowingly share too much of our history, or find we are inserting our life themes into the lives of those we work with, while at the same time not attending to our own needs, could this be a problem?. When we ourselves are caught up in life’s challenges, or if we have been confronted with our own grief and loss, boundaries can unknowingly get “fuzzy.” This is when “burnout” can happen. Having some sort of spiritual foundation and group of others to talk to when this happens, are just a few of the tools we can use. Because Theme Interference will happen from time to time, it’s important for us to have our own personal tool box to open to use when we need to kick the “fuzzys” aside! Recognizing this will happen keeps us aware. Doing something about it each time it does happen offers us an opportunity to grow personally, while at the same time becoming better healers.