Holding space can seem a very vague and “woo-woo” term, but it just means being with someone non-judgementally in whatever they are doing, experiencing, or needing.
This requires actively setting aside our own preferences, interests, and opinions in order to create space, a non-judgemental space, for the clients to entertain and engage with one another’s thoughts, preferences, interests, and opinions. It does not mean I don’t matter but rather this isn’t the place for them. It requires that I truly engage the value of autonomy and activate my belief that the many “right” ways to be a human are beautiful, and to recognize the honor and privilege I have to bear witness to them.
Barriers to holding space:
- Judgement of what is occurring
- Preferences about what should be occurring
- Belief that you are responsible to fix it
Questions to deepen your practice:
- What barriers do you experience to holding space for consumers?
- What do you need to be able to hold space for others?
- What is the relationship between your interpreting and/or teaching practice and the idea of holding space?
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