Episode 80 – Honesty & Openness in Therapy

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Are you nervous about really opening up to someone? Even if it’s just your therapist? Are you worried about being judged?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they discuss if a therapist’s personal experience can be helpful to clients.

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Summary

  • Why is honesty and openness essential in therapy?
  • What does honesty and openness in therapy look like?
  • Why is it difficult to be honest and open in therapy?

Why is honesty and openness essential in therapy?

  • If you open up, you can experience feelings of care and freedom by letting it off your chest.
  • Your therapist is able to look at your entire situation from a fresh perspective.
  • Openness leads you to the core problem you’re trying to solve with your therapy sessions.

What does honesty and openness in therapy look like?

  • An experienced therapist can intuitively know when you’re holding back.
  • Be honest! Let the therapist know of the things that are running around your mind.
  • Being open can lead you to think about and uncover other situations that effected/changed you.

Why is it difficult to be honest and open in therapy?

  • It can lead you to believe that you’re a horrible person/beyond repair.
  • It’s scary to come to terms with something that you’re actually struggling with.
  • It can make you feel shameful to admit to what you’re really going through.

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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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