This paper argues that one receives the calling to become a therapist to ex
perience feeling real. Stated differently, therapists become therapists to
heal themselves. Drawing on object relations theory, the author identifies
five "wounds" therapists may consciously and unconsciously address by enter
ing a therapeutic profession. The wounds are located in the capacity to bel
ieve, the capacity to imagine, the capacity for concern, the capacity to be
alone, and the capacity of object usage. Achieving these capacities provid
es the therapist with a sense of wholeness, health, and holiness.