After all, I haven’t bought my own building; my new therapy room is still on a lease.
But there is a substantial difference between hiring a space, and a hire-space.
I look forward to getting involved and seeing where it takes us.
For further information, or to sign up as a supporter, check out the psychotherapy and counselling union flyer (pdf).
Every decision about shaping this therapy space becomes a consideration of how this space can express the possibilities of my practice.
Contrast that with the nature of a hire-space, a room whose function is to be hired.
Just as any therapist could be using that room, so too could the clients who come to the room be seeing any therapist.
It also gives rise to the problem of waiting for one’s turn to speak at the sacrifice of listening. One of the main ways trainee therapists prepare for practice is by practising on each other in small groups.
On the one hand, this means that it supports a kind of everytherapist, which certainly maximises the utility of the room as a hire-space.
But this invites the therapist using the room into an everytherapist role.
The decoration may range from magnolia boxes, to beautifully themed rooms.
But the of the room, its very structure, is one of transience.