As an organisational psychotherapist, I feel blessed in meeting many different people and working with them to make their workplaces more joyful and healthy.
By turns distressed, frazzled and hopeful, those seeking my help will only benefit when we have a bond of mutual trust and common purpose.
My pledge to you as an Organisational Psychotherapist:
To be worthy of your trust,
- I pledge to hold in the strictest confidence everything that I hear, see and learn.
- I will share as much as possible, as widely and transparently as possible, with as many people as possible, bearing in mind the need for keeping confidences.
- I will at all times attempt to restrain my inclination for moralistic judgements.
- I acknowledge the power of empathy, towards individuals and groups both, and place this at the foundation of my relationships and practice.
- I will apply the same degree of effort, and the same standards, to my relationships with everyone, regardless of position, seniority, race, gender, orientation, beliefs, actions, or affiliations.
- I pledge to allow people and groups to come to their own answers, for themselves, and in their own time.
- I will only ever offer advice or “answers” when sorely pressed to do so, but then freely and with good grace.
- I must always be aware that I may participate in my clients’ journeys only as a listener, friend and invited guide, choosing to believe that ultimately each and all must make their own way.
- I will act with integrity, compassion and understanding.
- I make no promises about outcomes, only that I will do my best – and invite others to do the same.
- I pledge never to flatter, encourage or attempt to motivate people.
- I will always speak my own truth, and listen attentively to others’.
- The only loyalty I acknowledge is to the welfare and wellbeing of the people and groups with whom I come into contact (myself included).
- I will not shy away from asking difficult or disconcerting questions when I believe it’s in folks’ best interests to do so.
- I will show understanding and respect to those who do not wish to participate.
- I will never knowingly attempt to influence, coerce or motivate others or myself.
- I will try to choose my words with compassion, and with understanding for the impact they may unwittingly have, and the emotions they may trigger.
- I will always defer to appropriate, qualified people in matters of e.g. personal and emotional issues of individuals.
- Though I may be paid for my services, my joy derives from attending to folks’ needs, not primarily remuneration, and I will never allow payment to become more important than my desire to see folks’ needs met.
- I will always be aware of my clients’ investment of time, money, and effort, and endeavour to maximise the effectiveness of my efforts.
- Knowing that I may become an exemplar to many, I will strive to be authentic, mindful, and to pursue my own personal growth.
- With an appreciation for the uniqueness of every organisation, I will strive to help each and every client organisation to realise its full potential.
A Psychotherapist’s Pledge ~ Ken Seigmann
The Nine Principles of Organisational Psychotherapy ~ FlowchainSensei
The Business Case for Organisational Psychotherapy ~ FlowchainSensei
If you “I will only ever offer advice or “answers” when sorely pressed to do so, but then freely and with good grace.” Does that mean that you ask many questions, but provide no analysis or interpretation of the results? Is this style always the best style for people or organizations?
Yes, ask questions. I don’t know what you might consider “many”. See: https://flowchainsensei.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/what-veiled-magic-hath-the-question/
And I approach providing analysis and/or interpretation in the same vein.
If this “style” doesn’t suit a particular person, group, organisation or situation, we can, together, work out something that does.