Episode 46 – Dawn Gabriel On Therapists with Their Own Grief in Session

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Have you ever thought about how your therapist is feeling? Have you ever asked them? Did you forget that they’re people, too?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share their observations and experiences with dealing with their own grief as therapists.

In This Episode


  • How do therapists manage their own grief
  • What tools can help you
  • What is an appropriate way to share this with your clients

How do therapists manage their own grief

  • Make a conscious effort to make more space for yourself
  • Disclose a little more when you think it could benefit them
  • Set boundaries and say no when you need time for yourself

What tools can help you

  • Be real with the people close to you
  • Refer your clients to other people when things get too messy
  • Take time off from clients with grief specific topics

What is an appropriate way to share this with your clients

  • Be open with your clients if things trigger you
  • The authenticity helps connect with people
  • Talk about boundaries with your clients

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Meet Nathan & Aaron

Nathan Hawkins and Aaron Potratz are both licensed therapists and clinical supervisors in the state of Oregon. They each own their own private group counseling practices and co-own a third group practice together. Nathan and Aaron have been in the field since 2004 and 2007, respectively, and have over 100,000 hours of therapy experience each. On their show, they discuss facing fears and common challenges from a therapist’s point of view, imparting wisdom and humanity to their viewers. Along the way, they hope to not only share their insights but bring some light-hearted entertainment to make the journey easier.

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