LifeWorks: What first drew you to the Greenhouse and LifeWorks?
Brandon: I have had the privilege of familiarizing myself with Lifeworks over the last 5 years through their community-based support groups. I encountered the practice at a time when I had a deep need to cultivate my capacities for love and understanding by sharing in the convictions, vulnerabilities, and celebrations of others who respectfully seek the most from life and those with whom they share it.
The Greenhouse offers the setting, support, and intentional opportunity to gain long-term psychotherapy and clinical experience in working with marginalized populations in a sex positive atmosphere — this is my professional dream.
As an unabashed explorer and advocate of the varieties of human relationship and self-identified member of the Questioning community, I embarked on my path to the healing arts and helping profession with the prime purpose of garrisoning the clinical fields with more affirmative and informed providers. As I learn best through relationship and the group process, the chance to step into this role as active learner in the Greenhouse’s small cohort of amazing peers is the ideal for my professional development.
What are you looking forward to in the coming year?
A: Challenging myself and my assumptions – permitting myself to be challenged by my colleagues and clients – around the human experience of being, expanding, and sharing ourselves through relationship.
Also I am ready to hold a diverse set of individuals and relationships in a therapeutic context. I want to learn new clinical tools and ways of openness through skill-sharing and intensive experiential training. As well as to become more aware, observant, and intentional of my positive and negative biases. I want to grow to be able to more effectively identify, navigate, and metabolize relationship issues between me and my clients. And also to expand my awareness of the limits my privilege imposes on my perspective.
Tell us about your goals and aspirations—what are you most hoping to achieve during your Greenhouse training ?
A: It is my wish to cultivate and engage my own dreaming, and draw from it to harness the possibility in others to become the cartographers of their hope. I am eager to more fully recognize and occupy curiosity, humility and alliance as a practitioner of healing arts and to further develop skills to help people locate and examine the inner and outer obstacles to their authenticity. I’m thrilled to learn, witness, and join in collaborative ventures with clients, to parley with fears and disturbances, to name and honor core desires, and to help integrate personal power into a sense of wholeness.
In addition, I want to develop greater acumen and dexterity with managing the business and technical aspects of group practice. Through all this, I hope to emerge more humble and confident.
If you could add anything else that might give a flavor of who you are and your approach to personal & professional development, what would you share?
A: I like this quote from Jonathan Safran Foer. “We live in a world made up more of story than stuff. We are creatures of memory more than reminders, of love more than likes. Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be messy, and painful, and almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die.“