Welcome to Self™ - Caring for the Human in the Therapist Chair is a place where you can come and learn ways to elevate your own care and compassion.
A place to rest and be soothed and at times maybe gently challenged to think about yourself and your practice.
A place to remember that you are human first and choose the helping profession as just one of the roles in your life.
I’m your host Dr Hayley D Quinn. Fellow Human, Clinical Psychologist, Supervisor and Trainer and my aim is that this is a place of soothing, comfort, nourishment, growth and nurture.
A place where you can also welcome Your Self
Exploring perfectionism with Jennifer Kemp
In this episode, I had the absolute privilege to chat with the amazing Jennifer Kemp. Jennifer and I cover how she got to where she is today and what challenges she has overcome within her work.
Enjoying your work matters
In this episode, we are discussing why it's important to find things about our work that we actually really enjoy. I talk about some decisions I recently made about how I wanted to run my business, and how I wanted my overall life to look. I hope you enjoy the episode.
The Wisdom of Paul Gilbert
In this episode, I’m chatting with my dear friend, mentor and the founder of Compassion Focused Therapy, Professor Paul Gilbert OBE.
I really hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.
In this episode, I invite you to take a moment and briefly check in with how you’re feeling. We talk about Rest - What it is and what it’s not and how we can convince ourselves we’re resting when in reality we’re still busy, even when laying on the couch! I hope you enjoy this episode.
Voices From the Chair with Dr Jacques Rizk
In this episode I chat with Dr Jacques Rizk, Melbourne Clinical Psychologist and we explore the different ways of taking care of ourselves whilst taking care of others
Bringing this podcast to life
I'm excited to bring you the very first season and episode of Welcome to Self™ - Caring for the Human in the Therapist Chair. Come and join me and give yourself some time for you!
EPISODE #1 SHOW NOTES
Hi, this is Welcome to Self™ - Caring for the Human in the Therapist Chair, and I'm your host, Dr Hayley D Quinn, fellow human clinical psychologist, supervisor and trainer. Welcome to self is a place where you can come and learn ways to elevate your own care and compassion, and place to rest, be soothed and at times, maybe gently challenged to think about yourself and your practice. A place to remember that you are human first, and choose the helping profession as just one of the roles in your life. My aim is that this is a place of soothing, comfort, nourishment, growth, and nurture. A place where you can also welcome Yourself.
So Welcome to Season One and the very first episode of Welcome to Self ™ - Caring for the Human in the Therapist Chair. I'm so excited to bring this podcast to you, and I’m really hoping that it's going to be helpful. The idea for this started quite a long time ago, long before I ever thought about doing this as a podcast. In fact, I don’t think I ever imagined I’d be doing a podcast, but anyway, here we are.
Let me tell you a little bit about myself and why this has become my new passion area for work. Quite a few years ago now, I struggled with my own ill health and burnout. I was working for myself in a group private practice as a Psychologist, usually seeing about six clients a day, generally three or four days a week. I had a busy private life, busy enough social life for somebody who's somewhat more introverted, like myself and I had spent the past number of years before that, raising my child on my own, studying my Bachelor degree, Honours degree, and a clinical PhD, during which time I was also working various jobs to pay the bills.
What I wasn't doing very well. Even though at the time I thought I was, was taking care of my own well-being. To cut a somewhat long story short, I eventually had to make the decision to leave the private practice I was at because my health had got the better of me. I found myself struggling to get through my client sessions and sometimes I had to cancel days of work because I was just too unwell. It became really apparent that I was not able to engage in my work in the way that I wanted to. I couldn't be there for my clients in the way I wanted to be. And I certainly wasn't being there for myself and my family in the way I wanted and needed to be. I had nothing left, I was exhausted and felt burnt out, and because I hadn’t been listening to my body and my mind, I ended up, as many people do, faced with ill health and little choice but to slow down or stop. I knew I didn’t want to stop, I’d worked really hard and overcome a lot of barriers to complete my training and do the work I had been loving and I also knew I couldn’t keep going the way I was.
So I made what was a really difficult choice at the time, because I really loved where I was working, and I really loved the people I was working with. By this time, I was married to a beautiful and caring man, so felt very grateful that I was no longer the sole income earner in my household. This made my decision to change my work situation easier for sure, but when I say easier, it was still emotionally a really tough decision. I made the choice to leave the practice and my colleagues, and I started my own solo private practice, from a home-based office. It felt scary and uncertain, and I really wasn’t sure what the outcome would be for my health or my business. At first, I just worked minimal hours whilst I focused on regaining my health and my strength. And thankfully, over time, I did regain my health and strength and built up a successful business.
I had come across self compassion many years prior and now I was able to use this to really change the relationship with myself a
Important listening for therapists
I’m really enjoying this series of podcasts. I think that therapist self-care is a much needed but much neglected topic, and so having this as a resource is invaluable as it really helps you pause and think about what you need to take care of yourself. Looking forward to hearing future episodes!
Wonderful podcasts. They are so informative and supportive. I love your playfulness and sense of humour. Just what we need!
Inspiring and thoughtful listen
Thoroughly enjoy Hayleys podcasts. Very relatable and full of wisdom to gently negotiate the pointy aspects of our lives. I think everyone can benefit by becoming a little more in touch with “self”. Thanks Hayley and guests!