The value of an ‘enlightened witness’ – Michelle Sparkes

The value of an ‘enlightened witness’

In the last episode I said that changing core beliefs requires more than just challenging our thinking. We need an encounter with truth that is experiential, life-affirming, full of grace and transformative. I shared how I experience this in relationship with the God who loves me unconditionally.  But another very powerful and healing relationship is the therapeutic relationship where we can re-process old pain (places where we’re “stuck”),in the presence of a skilled and enlightened witness and have a new experience that challenges our previously held beliefs and judgments, generates self-compassion and enables us to go forward in new, more life-affirming, health-full ways. Doing this “experiential” work from a place that is emotionally hot (not clinical, cold and unemotional), is transformative.  I am trained to use an emotionally focused approach  in my practice as a registered counsellor. Feedback and questions welcome.



About the Author

Michelle is a physiotherapist and professional counsellor with lived experience of anorexia, EDNOS and binge-eating in her teen and early adult years. Founder of Women Worth their Weight, and author of Illuminating Anorexia Michelle is passionate about helping people recover from these health and life consuming problems.