What's a celebration session? It's the session couples think will NEVER come.
It's the session, months into our work (never planned or calendarized) when there is only good news to report.
And maybe we chat about some curve balls that life has thrown at the 2 of them, but also how they've navigated the catching or the dodging of those curve balls BEAUTIFULLY.
"Way different than we would have 5 years ago."
Magically (if magic is taking micro-steps over 3-6 months towards an overwhelming goal), they've arrived.
INEVITABLY, they question if they might need more sessions (beyond the comprehensive program they've signed up for) about 1 month before this, "We might never not need you."
Once where there had been betrayal and mistrust and questioning and fear and hurt lives things like, "I would say, on a scale from 1-10, my trust level is at an 8 or a 9," which...by the way...is an A+ in my book. [Assuming we fully know the inner-workings, beliefs, and feelings that live inside another seems dangerous to me...and like it might give me a permission slip to be lazy in my communication.]
It really does feel like part of my job title should be "Surprise Party Planner": I hold the space for this day throughout my work with couples in much the same way I hold an invite to a top secret soiree.
I know that something so exciting is on the way, and you have no idea.
And there are good-feeling tears, and thank yous (no, thank YOU...my pleasure), and I kick them out and tell them I hope I don't see them soon, but to always know they're welcome when the shit hits the fan, or when they've been off track for too long (2 weeks, max).
And I get to leave work buzzing with energy and a smile plastered across my face.
No wine necessary.
Celebratory sessions - they're the best.