Therapy is psychological exfoliation. I've heard the cliche of peeling the layers of the proverbial onion too many times for it not to hold some water. It makes sense. Therapy, done well, is about going beyond and below the superficial. When safe, the space is a sacred one, the potential for which may be limitless. At times however, this is hard work. I know this first hand, having sat on both sides of the room.
Stripping back, to uncover and reveal is necessarily exposing. Safety is paramount, and so too is aftercare. A comprehensive skincare routine entails exfoliation, cleansing, toning and moisturising. Abrasion requires balm and serum. I often find myself talking to clients about the importance of honouring the work done inside the therapy room after they leave, treating themselves gently - physically and psychically. 'Going there' requires enormous courage. 'Getting there', if indeed there is any fixed destination, deserves kindness.