Episode 61 – When You Get Stuck In Therapy

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Did you decide to start therapy, but don’t feel like it’s going anywhere? Are you feeling like you’re wasting your money? Are you sure you’re going into it with an open mind?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share their experiences with getting stuck in therapy.

In This Episode


  • What leads to getting stuck in therapy?
  • What is resistance and reluctance?
  • What should you do to become “unstuck”?

What leads to getting stuck in therapy?

  • When the client starts to feel like therapy isn’t going anywhere for them
  • They then start to worry about why they are paying for something that they feel like isn’t working
  • This leads the client to getting in their own head and somewhat self-sabotaging the experience.

What is resistance and reluctance?

  • Resistance is seeing only one pathway to go down, but still refusing to move.  It’s more of an active process.
  • Reluctance is encountering what’s going on in your own life, but you notice that you’re just holding back.
  • It doesn’t just happen on the client side! It can happen with the therapist, as well.

What should you do to become “unstuck”?

  • As a therapist, you should be straight up with your client. Say that you feel as though we’re stuck
  • As a client, you should be straight up with your therapist! Tell them how you really feel, and be open to their feedback.
  • Fight any resistance or reluctance. Enter each session with an open mind.

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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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