Episode 62 – Self Help Can Help Therapy

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Do you see self-care posts pop up on your feed? Or do you get ads for self-help services that you can download straight to your phone? What’s the point of therapy when all of these resources are at your fingertips, right? Wrong.

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share their thoughts on self-help resources you can find online.

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Summary

  • What is the difference between self help and therapy?
  • Why would I go to therapy with all of these resources available to me?
  • How do I know therapy is for me?

What is the difference between self help and therapy?

  • Self-help is the psycho-educational realm of psychology & therapy.
  • The limitation of self help content is that it’s generalized – you have to figure out a way that it applies to you.
  • Therapy is more catered to you and your specific needs/issues.

Why would I go to therapy with all of these resources available to me?

  • Therapy allows you to know yourself in a different way with having somebody else look into your life.
  • Therapists have an expert opinion on everything you’re reading about
  • Therapists can take everything you’re learning and apply it to you. You’ll really get to know yourself!

How do I know therapy is for me?

  • When you’re struggling to identify how certain self help tips can apply to you
  • You’re looking to “connect some dots” much more quickly than reading a bunch of resources on your own.
  • Listen to Episode 57 of The Shrink Think and decide!

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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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