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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.

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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 138 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.

    Waiving Goodbye to Telehealth Progress: An interview with Dr. Ben Caldwell, LMFT

    Waiving Goodbye to Telehealth Progress: An interview with Dr. Ben Caldwell, LMFT

    Curt and Katie talk with Dr. Ben Caldwell about how the expiration of emergency orders (covid telehealth waivers) will impact the profession. As a case study, we talk through how the California professional boards and associations are navigating these challenges, including looking at disciplinary action that has caused alarm (although we don’t think it should). We also talk about calls to action to get involved now, so you can shape future policy on telehealth, tele-supervision, and remote work.

    • 37 min
    Reimagining Therapy Reimagined

    Reimagining Therapy Reimagined

    Curt and Katie chat about their decision to step back from the Therapy Reimagined Conference and what they will be focusing their energy on moving forward. We explore how we came to this decision and the importance of examining what is working in your business practice. We also talk about how other Modern Therapists can get involved in the Therapy Reimagined movement.

    • 25 min
    Why You Shouldn’t Just Do it All Yourself

    Why You Shouldn’t Just Do it All Yourself

    An interview with Bibi Goldstein, on how clinicians can grow their business by assessing what they can automate, delegate, or eliminate. We explore the importance of getting rid of the tasks you don’t enjoy doing and benefit of creating more time for things you do enjoy (including getting some rest!). We also talk about how to balance spending money to outsource responsibilities in order to make revenue.

    • 36 min
    The Return of Why Therapists Quit

    The Return of Why Therapists Quit

    Curt and Katie chat about how therapists can maintain joy in their practice when they begin to feel burned out. We explore different ways to incorporate self-care into your life and practice, including making future plans and developing your whole identity. We also talk about how privilege impacts therapists’ ability to engage in self-care and career opportunities.

    • 30 min
    How to Fire Your Clients (Ethically) Part 1.5

    How to Fire Your Clients (Ethically) Part 1.5

    Curt and Katie chat about different therapist-client mismatches and how to manage them. We explore how to balance dealing with discomfort in therapy and seeking consultation with knowing when and how to refer out clients. We also talk about how to incorporate ideas of redefining and decolonizing therapy.

    • 39 min
    What to do When Clients Get in Their Own Way

    What to do When Clients Get in Their Own Way

    Curt and Katie chat about what therapy interfering behaviors (TIBs) are and how to address them in therapy. We explore the balance between reducing barriers for clients while also holding them accountable for their behavior. We also talk about how to identify if it is the therapist or the client engaging in a TIB.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

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?

Soraya10001 ,

Informative and enriching!

I look forward to this podcast every week! As a therapist, this is a must listen to podcast because you learn so much and can really enrich the clinical work you are doing with clients. Highly recommend!

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