I was taught a phrase recently that was foreign to me in the context of a conversation about my work. I was asked if I would, "eat my own dog food." Now, I'm a pretty open-minded person, but in the process of taking this phrase too literally, I reminded my friend that I don't eat meat. (Sometimes, my naïveté shines like the sun.) Being a very kind-hearted person, he didn't laugh at me, but informed me of the history of the phrase. (Check out the Wikipedia explanation here.) To explain very briefly, it is the process of a company using their own products for their own internal services. My friend was asking me if I believed enough in the services I was selling to use them myself.
Once I understood the question he was asking, it took me less than a second to answer: "One hundred percent." I went on to explain that, in fact, I was required to use the services we were discussing as a client while I went through training to be a practitioner. Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is an incredibly powerful form of music psychotherapy and it can not only be difficult to explain to potential clients, but unless you understand what they are experiencing, you can't connect with them on the same level.
Not only did I "eat my own dog food" during training, but I continue to do so for my own personal and professional benefit. Therapists are human too, and have all-too-human experiences happen in their lives that they need to process. A good therapist should realize that they are unable to process their personal and professional lives on their own and seek the assistance of their own therapist.
My therapist works with me within the GIM framework as well as other expressive arts therapies and more traditional talk therapy. When I recognize that I have come to a point in my life where I need some extra help, I schedule my GIM session and work through whatever needs to be worked through using the music and my therapist's support. So, yes, I absolutely "eat my own dog food."
I know the power of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), music therapy, and expressive arts therapies. I know this because I have experienced it first-hand as a client. (I also helped myself experience some music therapy interventions recently surrounding my surgery. See this post for that adventure!)
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