143 episodes

The Modern Therapist’s Survival Guide: Where Therapists Live, Breathe, and Practice as Human Beings

It’s time to reimagine therapy and what it means to be a therapist. We are human beings who can now present ourselves as whole people, with authenticity, purpose, and connection. Especially now, when clinicians must develop a personal brand to market their private practices, and are connecting over social media, engaging in social activism, pushing back against mental health stigma, and facing a whole new style of entrepreneurship.

To support you as a whole person, a business owner, and a therapist, your hosts, Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy talk about how to approach the role of therapist in the modern age.

The Modern Therapist's Survival Guide with Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy Curt Widhalm, LMFT and Katie Vernoy, LMFT

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The Modern Therapist’s Survival Guide: Where Therapists Live, Breathe, and Practice as Human Beings

It’s time to reimagine therapy and what it means to be a therapist. We are human beings who can now present ourselves as whole people, with authenticity, purpose, and connection. Especially now, when clinicians must develop a personal brand to market their private practices, and are connecting over social media, engaging in social activism, pushing back against mental health stigma, and facing a whole new style of entrepreneurship.

To support you as a whole person, a business owner, and a therapist, your hosts, Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy talk about how to approach the role of therapist in the modern age.

    Unlearning Very Bad Therapy

    Unlearning Very Bad Therapy

    An interview with Carrie Wiita and Ben Fineman, MFT Trainees and the co-hosts of the Very Bad Therapy podcast. Curt and Katie interview Ben and Carrie about their experience as graduate students and mental health advocates. We look at the short-falls of the educational system as well as the mythologies that stagnate the profession. We talk about how to improve therapy and the training we receive.

    • 35 min
    Structuring Self-Care

    Structuring Self-Care

    Curt and Katie talk about structuring self-care into your business practices. We look at how to incorporate self-care best practices into the way you build your work day. We also talk about common challenges to taking this advice.

    We look at Flow, how to incorporate perfect timing, and peak performance principles.

    • 34 min
    Suicidal Therapists

    Suicidal Therapists

    An interview with Norine Vander Hooven, LCSW about therapists who become suicidal. Curt and Katie interview Norine on the risk factors that therapists face as well as how we can support each other in our community. We talk about prevention, interventions with a colleague, and how to manage when a colleague dies by suicide.

    • 38 min
    Preventing Client Suicide

    Preventing Client Suicide

    An interview with Norine Vander Hooven, LCSW about assessing suicide appropriately for our clients from the beginning of treatment. Curt and Katie talk with Norine about what therapists often miss with their clients and how to treat suicidality when it comes up.

    Specifically:
    We look at the primary risk factors: belonging, burden, and capability.
    We also discuss the importance of useful risk assessment as well as focus for treatment.

    • 38 min
    Therapists on Your Couch

    Therapists on Your Couch

    Curt and Katie talk about the nuance of treating therapists in therapy. We look at the unique dynamics in the therapeutic relationship as well as common traps to avoid.
    We talk about:
    The lack of research and guidance on treating therapists
    The expectation that we would be different as clients
    How to navigate the unique concerns that come up in the therapy room when you're working with a therapist - inaccurate assumptions, different therapeutic relationship concerns, role confusion

    • 30 min
    Iran, The News, and Your Clients

    Iran, The News, and Your Clients

    An interview with Pardis Mahdavi, PhD, and Negeen Moussavian, AMFT, regarding Iran, current events, and how the news might impact Iranian clients.
    In this episode we talk about:
    Current events in Iran as well as historical context
    Liminality – the feeling of not belonging here or there
    The importance of being informed
    The uncertainty that can lead to fear and then to hate
    The crushing tsunami wave of islamophobia
    How therapists can help Iranian families to cope with the impacts of current events

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

Amy VanSlam ,

Therapist mind & soul readers

Katie and Curt have their finger on the pulse of what’s really going on inside of the hearts, minds and practices for therapists. More importantly they’re not afraid of bringing all of that out in the open in a generous way in every episode. Definitely a must-listen!

Fanci! ,

Changed. My. Life.

Curt & Katie have changed the way I do my practice. I have bought into being a #moderntherapist and have embraced how to be a therapist over what I do as a therapist.y clients have loved it!!!

Hennabrook ,

Thank you!

As a modern therapist early in my career, I really appreciate this podcast!

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