I am sure that every practitioner can relate to what she says, for these are issues we have all struggled with in our practices, and no doubt continue to struggle with. There is no one approach that will suit all practitioners, because we will each have worked out our own way of dealing with our patients. As with everything we do, our own guardian element will shape our interactions with our patients and determine the nature of these interactions. Some practitioners will be much more hands-on in their approach than others (perhaps those with Fire as their element), whilst others will be much less so, giving their patients more room to breathe as it were (perhaps those with Metal as their element). No particular approach is better than any other, provided that the practitioner is aware at all times of how far what they are doing and saying matches their patient’s needs.
Of course this is where experience comes to our aid. If I think back on the years of my practice, I realise that there were many occasions when my own very hands-on approach disturbed some of my patients, where allowing a little more space between us would have given them the time they needed to work out their own solutions to their problems. As with any profession, we can only learn by hit and miss, and only experience will teach us how much advice it is helpful to give our patients, and what kind of advice this should be. As I mentioned in my previous blog of 2 July (Never assume that we know how others feel), we have to be careful not to assume anything about our patients.
Finally, it is helpful to remember that we are not there to solve our patients’ problems; only they can do that. Our help must focus on offering treatments which bring greater balance to their elements, and then allow these to do the work.