Episode 75 – What A Therapist Is? Part 2

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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 more about what a therapist is NOT!

In This Episode


  • What is a therapist not?
  • What is your therapist to you?
  • Why is a therapist not just somebody to vent to?

What is a therapist not?

  • They are not exclusively advice givers
  • They are not secret keepers
  • They are not perfect!

What is your therapist to you?

  • They’re not your friends!
  • But, they’re always trying to think in terms of what’s best for you.
  • Just keep in mind that they’re doing a job, and they’re being compensated for it financially

Why is a therapist not just somebody to vent to?

  • They’re not going to validate everything they’re saying.
  • We use your venting to access deeper issues/traumas.
  • We’re more expensive than that! We need to provide guidance/feedback.

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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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