Episode 59 – How To Pick A Therapist Pt. 3

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You did it! You contacted a therapist, you scheduled an appointment…what should you expect? Is the first session intimidating? What should you say to them?

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 to expect in your first session?
  • How should you engage with your therapist initially?
  • What should you expect in the sessions that follow?

What to expect in your first session?

  • Make sure your forms are filled out ahead of time! We love technology!
  • Your therapist has definitely already looked at your intake forms.
  • Verbally communicate your story with your therapist when you sit down. They can’t cure you instantly!

How should you engage with your therapists?

  • Tell them what you’d like for them to know before you leave that first session.
  • Say as much as you can, but make sure you are being understood.
  • Connect with your therapist as a human being!

What should you expect in the sessions that follow?

  • Allow for some small talk to happen so you can find some commonalities in things you both enjoy.
  • You need at least three sessions to figure out if it’s a click
  • Reflect on your first initial session and build upon what needs to be said.

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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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