7 tips for a healthy client/ provider relationship


In 2018, I had the flu, fractured my right wrist, then sustained a nasty burn on the same wrist. If you read From Panic to Empowerment, you already know what I would say if this was your story. How do you feel? And, did you follow your Tips, Tricks, and Tools? This line of questioning is for everyone, even me.

Fortunately, this post is not about me. It's about uncovering the reality that your health providers, whoever they may be, are susceptible to any and all circumstances you seek their support for. Meaning? Every person was born to fulfill a purpose. Yet, every person must experience the human condition- joy, and dis-ease. What kind of person do you believe can support you on your journey? One that pretends that life as we know it does not touch them; or one who can show expertise and empathy as they assist you in your recovery?

In the healing profession, there is a concept that practitioners adhere to called code ethics. The Code of Ethics ensures the emotional safety of both the client and the practitioner. The two concepts are transference and counter-transference.

The layman definition of transference is basically the client becoming attached to the practitioner in a way that blurs professional boundaries. Counter-transference is when the practitioner connects with the client beyond professional boundaries. In either case, you can come up with a few scenarios that would fit.

However, there is a thin line between "crossing the line" and being relate-able, thus connected to the concern of the client from a view of compassion.

I began this post, sharing my most recent ordeal. I've written books that offer a window to my reality to give you validation to uncover and discover your "story."

I shared the idea of professional boundaries and a code of ethics to provide information on how you should expect to be treated from a health provider. All of which was to offer another perspective to empower you on your personal journey.

The takes away?

Your provider would benefit you most when:

  • They are relate-able

  • They offer support within their scope of work

  • They maintain professional boundaries while giving the help you need

  • You feel support, yet not beyond the duty of professional boundaries

  • There is an open line of communication

  • Resources are offered for additional support

  • Appointments are available in a timely manner

When you feel it's time to check in with your health provider, even your natural health coach, keep these 7 variables in mind. When it was time for me to make a follow-up appointment about my arm, I was on it! What encouraged me was the level of care I received. The practitioner embodied all 7 tips I shared with you.

If it's time for you to revisit Your Healing Place, I pray that you feel I have a true desire to serve you from an authentically compassionate place; strengthened and more determined to offer what you need within my professional boundaries and scope of work.

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