Everyone has a sense of intuition (some more than others). Everyone has a “gut” sense.
And, fortunately, science is now catching up – research shows direct biochemical connections between the gut and the brain.
Like everything about us, though, intuition is imperfect – but improvable when we take its strengths and vulnerabilities into account.
Intuition and counter-transference can feel very similar – they both can be intense.
If you don’t have a way of distinguishing them from each other, you risk–and are likely–to be acting out of your own countertransference (when a therapist transfers emotions–“positive” or “negative”–to a person in therapy) and not acting in overall service for your client.
Intuition and “gut” senses can be honed and improved over time. But only if we have the right systems in place for self-reflection and clinical reflection.
Being artful in therapy requires having a clear, outlined and repeatable process for honestly reviewing your own internal experience and dialogue.
It also means having a clear, outlined and repeatable process for understanding and refining your clinical impressions.
This is the work.