238 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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 142 Ratings

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.

    How to Be Accessible Beyond the Sliding Scale: An interview with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin

    How to Be Accessible Beyond the Sliding Scale: An interview with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin

    Curt and Katie chat with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin, LMSW, about how therapy can be accessible (and not just financially). We look at capitalism versus money exchange, the social enterprise model, and how therapists can make a good living without feeling like greedy capitalists. We also explore the many different types of accessibility and the importance of setting your fees based on your needs and values rather than as a mechanism to single-handedly fix the broken system or to meet an artificial money goal.

    • 33 min
    Peer Support Specialists: An interview with Kemisha Fields, MSW, Amparo Ostojic, MPA, and Jeff Kashou, LMFT

    Peer Support Specialists: An interview with Kemisha Fields, MSW, Amparo Ostojic, MPA, and Jeff Kashou, LMFT

    An interview with Kemisha Fields, MSW, Amparo Ostojic, MPA, and Jeff Kashou, LMFT on what peer support specialists are and the value they bring to treatment teams, as well as the challenges and best practices in implementing these roles into clinical programs. Curt and Katie talk with Kemisha and Amparo about their experiences in these positions and Jeff about his journey in implementing one of these programs from scratch. We look at how the Recovery Model complements the Medical Model of treatment.

    • 53 min
    Is Your Practice Ready for Paid Digital Marketing? An interview with John Sanders

    Is Your Practice Ready for Paid Digital Marketing? An interview with John Sanders

    An interview with John Sanders, owner of RevKey, about Google and Social Media Ads. Curt and Katie talk with John about the importance of a solid website, effective sales process, and metrics when considering paid digital advertising. We also explore what to expect when you create Google or Facebook Ads. We also talk about why you may want to outsource this and the financial risks for getting this marketing wrong.

    • 34 min
    Conspiracy Theories in Your Office

    Conspiracy Theories in Your Office

    Curt and Katie chat about clients who bring conspiracy theories into therapy. We talk about differentiating between psychosis and believing in conspiracy theories, the characteristics of folks who may be likely to subscribe to these theories, and the importance of the relationship in working with these folks. We also look at steps we would like professional organizations to take to support clinicians.

    • 36 min
    Therapists Shaming Therapists: An interview with Katie Read

    Therapists Shaming Therapists: An interview with Katie Read

    An interview with Katie Read about therapists shaming each other when they raise their fees or start playing bigger. Curt and Katie talk with Katie about the puritanical culture within the therapist community that leads to group think, public shaming, and milquetoast messaging to mitigate their fear that anything different will be attacked. We look at reasons behind this (jealousy, guilt, shame, and moralism) as well as what therapists can do to step outside of this culture to create more success.

    • 40 min
    Advocacy in the Wake of Looming Mental Healthcare Workforce Shortages

    Advocacy in the Wake of Looming Mental Healthcare Workforce Shortages

    Curt and Katie chat about the looming (and current) mental health workforce shortages. We talk about the exodus of mental health providers, legislation and proposed bills that seek to address these shortages, and what modern therapists can do to advocate for the needed changes. We also talk about inadequate or harmful strategies (like cheering, scholarships, and subway sandwiches) that are often implemented by agencies and legislatures. We provide individual and collective calls to action.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

allyinez1992 ,

Love this podcast!

Love this podcast! As a therapist in private practice, I find these conversations super validating and humanizing. Our field is changing so much, and it’s great to hear this being talked about. I also love the feeling of camaraderie I get when listening, as PP can be so lonely at times!

Halls G ,

LOVE!

I love this podcast and the hosts! It is a very refreshing and much needed take on counseling. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who thinks like this :) I’m thankful that my graduate program taught me more in line with the hosts counseling philosophies- it truly does make a difference both in the counselor’s and client’s life!

vinyldash ,

Disappointed

Just finished the episode on firing your clients & while I generally find this podcast interesting & helpful (thus the 3 stars), I’m often disappointed by the lack of including what (to me) are obvious, tho more nuanced issues in the discussions (in many of the episodes). In the case of firing your client, the only issues that were discussed were when therapists feel unsafe or threatened. As a private practice therapist, the far more common scenario where I have to consider premature termination comes from clients (usually with BPD traits) doing what they call in DBT “therapy interfering behaviors” or just repeated boundary violations (after addressing them in session & attempting to help the client gain awareness about these behaviors outside of the therapy relationship). These are far more nuanced situations, that don’t make me feel unsafe but do ultimately make it sometimes impossible to continue seeing the client, with clients who are often already struggling with abandonment issues & i’d have liked to have heard at least some mention of this in the podcast. Maybe another episode could address this issue on its own?

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