Episode 74 – What A Therapist Is? Part 1

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What is a therapist? What is a therapist NOT? Have you ever thought about where the line is drawn between therapist and client?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share what a therapist is.

In This Episode


  • What is a therapist?
  • What is your therapist to you?
  • What is a therapist not?

What is a therapist?

  • They have to navigate the nuance of liking you as a person and trying to help you.
  • They listen, understand, care and validate.
  • They have to balance how they interact with you based on your needs.

What is your therapist to you?

  • Looking at what is, and what has been.
  • 85% of the success in therapy is based on a good therapeutic relationship.
  • They’re your support system during challenging times.

What is a therapist not?

  • They’re not an echo chamber.
  • They’re not your friend.
  • They’re not a monologuer – They want to help, but need some validation and conversation from your end.

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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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