Episode 58 – How To Pick A Therapist Pt. 2

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So, you’ve decided to reach out to a couple of therapists…Where do you go from here? How much should you tell them right off the bat?

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 choosing a therapist.

In This Episode


  • What do therapists do on their end when you reach out?
  • What should you say (or not say) when looking for a therapist?
  • How to make the strongest connection?

What do therapists do on their end when you reach out?

  • They look into your intake form and see who, in their organization, fits best with what’s happening
  • Interns are okay to talk with, but clinical supervisors take on the more intense cases (usually medical diagnoses involved)
  • Working together with other professionals helps us make sure we’re not missing anything with our clients. We’re lifelong learners!

What should you say (or not say) when looking for a therapist?

  • No generic messages! Provide some details so we can help right off the bat.
  • Do some screening – make sure this therapist specializes in what you’re looking for
  • Providing more detail in your initial communications will differentiate you from the masses.

How to make the strongest connection?

  • Be clear in what you’re looking for in therapy
  • Allow your therapist to ask you questions, too!
  • Leave the initial meeting with a genuine understanding of each other

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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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