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Responsibility in Healing: Embracing Our Power to Respond by Dr. Courtnay Meletta

Updated: Apr 28



Trauma Therapy Los Angeles

As a holistic psychotherapist, I've often contemplated the interplay between healing and responsibility. There's a common misconception that being responsible means shouldering blame or guilt. However, the true essence of responsibility, especially in the realm of healing, is far more empowering.


Etymologically, 'responsibility' is derived from the Latin word 'responsabilis', which means to respond or to answer.


Intriguingly, it implies not fault, but the ability to respond – to be present and engaged in our own life's narrative.


In the journey of healing, embracing responsibility is not about casting blame upon ourselves for our past or our traumas. Rather, it's about acknowledging our innate power to respond to our life's experiences – to be active participants in our healing process.


Many clients come to me carrying the weight of their past, feeling like victims of their circumstances. This perspective, while valid and understandable, often leaves them feeling powerless. My role, as I see it, is to gently guide them towards a different perspective on responsibility – one that is not a burden, but a liberation.

Healing, in its truest form, requires us to step into the role of the responder. This means acknowledging our pain, understanding our patterns, and recognizing that while we cannot change the past, we have the power to influence our present and future. It's about moving from a place of reaction to a place of mindful response.


Taking responsibility in healing means actively engaging in therapeutic work, whether it's delving into somatic experiences, exploring our subconscious through psychodynamic therapy, or integrating life's lessons through transpersonal approaches.


It's about shifting the narrative from "Things happen to me" to "I can respond to what happens." This shift is subtle yet profound. It transforms healing from something that is done to us, to something we actively participate in.

In our practice, we support this journey of taking responsibility.


We create a safe and brave space where individuals can explore their power to respond, find their resilience, and embrace their potential for growth and transformation.


As we redefine responsibility, we open the doors to a more empowered and hopeful approach to healing. It becomes less about fault and more about finding our strength and voice in the narrative of our lives. Remember, in the realm of healing, responsibility is your ally. It's the acknowledgment that you have the power to write the next chapter of your life. And that, my friends, is a profoundly empowering realization.


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Dr. Courtnay Meletta is an integrative psychotherapist licensed in the states of California and Rhode Island. She has enriched the mental health field for over a decade with her innovative approach combining holistic counseling, mind-body medicine, and somatic psychotherapy. She operates a successful practice in Los Angeles, mentors aspiring therapists, and engages in various therapeutic modalities including EMDR, Core Energetics, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Dr. Meletta is also an active contributor to the academic and corporate sectors, emphasizing leadership and personal growth through holistic practices. To read Dr. Courtnay Meletta’s bio, click here.


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