“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor E. Frankl
There are many helpful ways we use a pause. We can pause to reflect, we can pause for breath, we can pause for a rest, we can pause to assess, we can pause to connect, we can even pause for effect. We can pause at the beginning of something, in the middle or at the end.
Counselling and Therapy is but a pause. It offers the opportunity to move from reaction to response, the potential to move from creatures of habit to being present and more aware. It creates a safe space and an opportunity to see ourselves and others with a renewed clarity, gain fresh perspectives, see alternatives, grow awareness and experience compassion for ourselves and others. Therapy is a place of creativity and the birthplace of choice. In this way we are no longer victims of our habituated reactions in our relationships but become our own empowered change agents. This is the effect of the Pause.