Founder of The Circle Line and ex-litigator, Philippa Richardson, discusses how therapy can help you personally and professionally.
Potential is about our inner world, not the outer one. It’s the possibility that lies within us. It’s this that enables us to change and improve our outer world, when our self-imposed limitations let us.
As social creatures, the importance of positive relationships is hard-wired into our DNA. Our survival as a species depends on it. As does business. Which is why therapy is a prime candidate for working on this crucial relational part of life. Relating to a therapist is safe. They won’t judge. There are no consequences. It is the only conversation that is designed for you and only you.
This is what any talking therapy is for - not just for times of crisis (although that’s when it can be a lifeline) but as part of our everyday lives, to harness and work on our mindset and emotional intelligence in order to reach our potential. Athletes’ demanding programmes have incorporated mental training for years. Most top FTSE Board members now have an executive coach. Successful politicians, actors and authors from Bill Clinton to Emma Thompson to J.K. Rowling have all worked with a therapist.
Therapy is like having a trained orienteer walk beside you through the forest, not presuming to tell you which path to take, but pointing out all the interesting things you may well have missed that will help you navigate with your own map. A therapist can help you see both the wood and the trees.
Therapy is an established, proven method of self-development. Therapists know how to deeply listen and offer skilled interventions, without inserting themselves into the conversation; a therapist has no interest in splattering their ego all over your life. It’s a skill which takes a lot of self-awareness and years of practice.
From my time at Dentons (albeit a little while ago now…), married to a Partner and friends with many others, I know the life of a lawyer only too well. When I started talking about the idea of a modern self-development method fit for the 21st century, I was told by many, especially by men, that the idea of therapy is excruciating: sitting in a room with a stranger talking about feelings. Urgh. It seemed hard to access, hard to afford, and hard to understand.
So I created The Circle Line to modernise the world of self-development, taking therapy online, making it more accessible and less opaque and stereotyped. We help give therapy a trustworthy and normalised place in our lives.
Run by a small team of passionate individuals, from ex-lawyers, consultants to therapists, the platform benefits from the insight and experience of both psychological professionals and real people who have experienced the power of therapy but understand that the idea can seem daunting - or irrelevant.
The reality is that our mindset and social ability is far from irrelevant. We are the doorway to creating a successful case-load and client-list - and ultimately a successful firm. And working on your personal development with a professional trained to help you do that might just be the key.
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