For many the definition of courage is to take action in the face of fear. I believe that is so, yet I also believe that it is more complicated than that. For example, not reacting in the face of fear - or non action - is courage as in non-violent demonstrations. It takes courage to leave a situation. It also takes courage to stay.
It takes courage to take a solo journey. It takes courage to stay in place when that is needed. So we can say that courage is about discernment for 'right action'.
What is courage for you?
When have you felt your behavior was courageous?
When have you felt non-courageous? Think again. It might actually have been the best course of action. Or maybe a lesson on how to do it differently next time.
About Monique: Originally trained in psychoanalysis and Gestalt, I am certified in Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Comprehensive Resource Model and Past Life Regression. I am certified in both Reiki and Shamanic practices and ceremonies. In addition I have been a student of Meditation for over 20 years.
Although I recently moved from New York City to Syracuse (upstate NY), I was born in France, grew up in Central America and have lived in many different states and countries. Although moving around was difficult at the time, it allowed me to experience different cultures, ethnic backgrounds and spiritual orientations. This understanding is helpful in my work with my clients as it enables me to understand and put into context each person’s particular background and way of viewing the world.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I was an editor and a security analyst for a financial institution, a translator, an office manager for a community action group and program director in a community center where I developed several programs. These varied experiences have given me a wider lens to understand and connect with my clients.
In addition to providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples, I co- leading trips to South America to connect with and learn from Indigenous healers and wise elders, run a variety of workshops, teach clinicians how to use a multi-modal approach in their practices and help individuals and organizations in program visioning and development.
Monique's website: http://www.moniquelanglcsw.com