Episode 56 – Confrontation in Therapy

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Have you ever experienced conflict during your therapy sessions? Discomfort? Have you ever learned about how to deal with those uneasy situations?

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 confrontation in therapy.

In This Episode


  • What is confrontation in therapy?
  • What should you do as a client?
  • What should you do as a therapist?

What is confrontation in therapy?

  • You’ll be aware of the changes taking place in everyday life
  • You begin to operate with a different part of your brain
  • You will live a more grounded lifestyle

What should you do as a client?

  • If it’s a large miss, we recommend seeking a different therapist
  • If you’ve been with the same therapist for a while and something happens, we recommend talking it through and moving on in the best way
  • Essentially, you can hold yourself to a different standard in this relationship

What should you do as a therapist?

  • You’re a human being – you’re allowed to have feelings!
  • Process conflict with the support of your colleagues
  • Realize you can’t operate from an emotional mindset

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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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