Therapy for Therapists™
You’re busy, and you don’t have time for counseling.
You deal with other people’s problems all day long, so you don’t really have the mental capacity to deal with your own mental health issues.
As a therapist, you know how to handle emotional concerns, so you don’t need therapy.
Actually, you’re completely wrong. Just because we are therapists, that does not make you immune to being human. I read a slogan once, “give me a cape and a tiara and I can save the world”. For a long time that was my mantra. Chances are you’re probably feeling the same way.
I cannot tell you how many years I lived by that slogan, all to feel like I was not measuring up in the end.
So, let me get in your head for a moment…
You’re overwhelmed, juggling too many responsibilities, feeling like you have to fix everybody. You absorb your clients’ emotional pain and trauma of day after day. Week after week. Month after month. Year after year. But, be honest, when is that time you rang out your own emotional sponge? You give that advice to everyone you see. But, the one person who truly needs it the most is you.
Here’s the Deal, Therapists Have Mental Health Issues Too!
We are perfectly imperfect and dive into “fixing” others because sometimes we cannot fix ourselves. As a result, we often feel like IMPOSTERS living a life we would rarely support a client in living. This means we allow our shame to drive our identity. We fix then, we feel better. We meet people in very painful places. But, we often forget that we need to take care of ourselves in the process. As long as they are ok in the end, so are we.
Therapists Need Self-Care
Remember that word? It is one that I mention to my grad students almost weekly in class. But, when I mention it to helping professionals, I get lots of eye rolls. They say, “yeah yeah – whatever” and ignore what I am telling them. Don’t get me wrong, if a therapist said this to me, I would likely say the same thing. But, a key part of self-care is to realize that we are bruised, not broken. And, at the end of the day: we’re HUMAN. Therapy for Therapists ™ is a way to address your concerns and barriers in a respectful manner. I understand how your brain works and respects what you do. I’m committed to partnering with you to get you to where you want to be so that you can be the clinician you were created to be. And, I promise, I will NEVER tell you to take a year off to reboot.
Many Therapists Live with Imposter Syndrome
Imposter syndrome is an overused term. Actually, it’s kind of trendy in my humble opinion. But, the symptoms of imposter syndrome are ones that most clinicians, including myself, feel. I want to normalize your feelings. You can be both: a therapist and a client. You can do both: treat and get help. But, you need to take a step to ask for support.
The world we live in today is surreal, stressful, heavy, and emotionally taxing. Our clients are overwhelmed and need our support now more than ever. This leaves many therapists feeling like they have to be “on” all the time and support their clients and their loved ones. Many describe it as “not being able to find the on/off switch.” You’re constantly dealing with other people’s struggles, but you’re not dealing with your own. Furthermore, you feel like you have to have all the answers, but you can’t make sense of what is going on for yourself.
Sound familiar? I chuckle as I say, therapists make the worse therapy clients at first. It’s hard to maintain the image of being the clinician while being the client. And, that’s okay. It takes time to get to a point where you feel comfortable with that role reversal.
“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.”
– Dr. Brené Brown
What you will gain from Therapy for Therapists™:
- A chance to be authentic and vulnerable with someone
- Opportunities to work through emotional barriers that you might have with self-care
- Techniques to create a good work/life balance
- The ability to find a balance between wearing the therapist hat, and being who you are at the core: the person without any letters behind your name, or titles.
Therapy for Therapists™ lets you be real, open, and honest and deal with therapist burnout
You might be initially hesitant to seek out help and support for personal matters. Even though you encourage others to do so. But, being authentic means being open, raw, and vulnerable so you can work through the barriers you are experiencing. You are in this field for a reason. Together, we can make sure that your personal identity outside of your practice is strong, balanced, full of life, and includes a hobby. I haven’t found my hobby yet, so I’m open to your suggestions!
Therapy for Therapists™ is that space for you to just simply be you. You can let down the facade of being the clinical ‘expert’ and embrace being the client. Even though you have all the book knowledge on how to practice good self-care, you struggle to implement skills in your personal life. In counseling, you will be respected for the amazing clinician that you are regardless of the things you’re struggling with.
Therapy for Therapists™ is a way to finally learn and implement good work-life balance with someone who really gets the struggle, understands the pressures, and knows that vicarious trauma is a real thing. And, the bonus (at least from my perspective!) is that you get to do it all online! So, you won’t run into someone you know in a waiting room or interact with your own therapist in an agency meeting the following week. Should we be concerned about that? Absolutely not. But, let’s be real, we all are. We’re concerned about the perception of being “seen” as being human. And, we’re concerned about the perception of “not having it all together.” Ultimately, we’re fearful of losing our professional image.
What’s my truth? I respect your image. I get it. But, I also know that you need a space that you can let go of that image to just be you.
If you are ready to put on your oxygen mask back on so you have more energy to help others with theirs, then let’s get to work!
Begin Therapy for Therapists™ Online:
If you’re ready to be the best therapist and person you can be, then I’m here to help! I provide online therapy in Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, California, and Pennsylvania. In addition to offering Therapy for Therapists™ I offer online therapy for anxiety, online therapy for burnout, online therapy for imposter syndrome, online therapy for helping professionals, and therapy for busy professionals. Contact me today and let’s get started!