Episode 69 – PANEL: How To Identify Obstacles To Your Growth

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How do you get yourself ‘unstuck’ in therapy? How do you get something further from your experience? What do therapists do to help this?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, guests Valarie Harris and Chris Swenson join the podcast to share their wisdom about how you can identify what may be holding you back from growth or progress in your therapy.

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Summary

  • What are therapists’ experiences with clients getting stuck?
  • What are certain traits that tend to block personal growth?
  • What does the therapist/client relationship have to look like for optimal growth?

What are therapists’ experiences with clients getting stuck?

  • Help them develop an observer point of their mind to develop awareness
  • Get into a scenario that allows them to really have to think about how they work through something
  • Getting stuck usually comes down to fear with the client.

What are certain traits that tend to block personal growth?

  • High anxiety individuals who want change immediately
  • Those who do not really believe in the therapeutic process
  • Avoidant individuals

What does the therapist/client relationship have to look like for optimal growth?

  • Pacing is very important. Rushing the process won’t get them the healing they’re looking for.
  • Develop a connection with the therapist.
  • A feeling of safety within this relationship is crucial! If that’s not there, it’s going to cause more harm than good.

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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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