“Empowerment comes from the Inside Out!”
-Tracey O’Rourke, Vivid Edge.
I had the opportunity to listen to some female leaders speak about their experiences in their workplace at an International Women’s Day Event in Dublin.
Many were involved in exciting initiatives and clearly achieved much in their working lives.
But it was Tracey O `Rourke from Vivid Edge that made the biggest impression on me! She is CEO of Dublin Based Vivid Edge. This ecological orientated company collaborates with large organisations to make them more energy efficient. Her company has had significant success in this regard and Tracey herself has just been nominated for the Cartier Women’s Initiative award 2019.
However, what most struck me was when Tracy said “empowerment comes from the inside out”. And whilst there is still a gender pay gap, and structural inequalities which make society and the workplace harder spaces for women to navigate, her statement is so important.
It also struck me whilst sitting in the audience that this is where psychotherapy can lend a hand and make itself very relevant. This is at the core of what we as psychotherapists do, and it is exactly what we help people with!
Many people don’t really know what psychotherapy is and tend to shy away from it. They see it as a long, boring and expensive soul searching process, which they could probably live without! But in reality, it is so much more than that. Psychotherapy helps people overcome the obstacles within.
I believe psychotherapy is valuable on a very accessible level, as it is very much about supporting our own growth and development so that we can negotiate our lives and its challenges in an empowered way.
It can be a very useful tool to help people become more aware of who they are, to realize their true potential and identify what might be holding them back.
Four Inner Obstacles That May Be Holding You Back:
1) Thinking that it’s more important to be “nice” rather than to be respectful of ourselves and each other.
But in reality, if we prioritise being “nice” then we can lose the sense of ourselves and our own needs.
2) Feeling we can’t ask for that/say that, because it might seem rude or pushy
Well, it might be, but too often we don’t state our needs, especially as women. The result? Our needs are not met, as most people are not mind readers!
3) I can’t do that, because I have never done that kind of thing before.
Holding ourselves back is very common, especially if it’s something new. But it can be good to do something new!
4) I can’t ask for help as people will think I am incapable, inadequate or not up to the job!
The reality is often the opposite. People love to help us and asking for help is a realistic response to a very busy environment!
Well, you’re in good company, because we all have inner obstacles! But the more aware we are of them, the better able we are to address them and then move beyond them.
And the more awareness we have around what is holding us back, the more likely we are to discern how we might wish to engage in our lives more and create more of what we want, in every aspect of our lives.
If you’d like to discuss whether you may be interested in coming to psychotherapy do get in touch or would just like to make an appointment-get in touch at 0866061015 as I am currently open to new referrals. My other services are on my website https://www.monicahaughey.ie