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Psychologists Seeking a Psychologist
 

Whether you have seen other therapists in the past or this is a new undertaking for you, Welcome to my page for psychologists seeking a psychologist.

 

I frequently treat psychologists and other mental health professionals. While it is decreasing, there remains some stigma around therapists engaging in therapy.  You are welcomed and encouraged to come just as you are - as your non-professional self, exploring non-work-related issues and or exploring the impact of professional stressors and concerns.

 

This is a formal invitation not to have to be 'on' when you come to session. 

I understand the importance of and enjoy a creating a safe and nonjudgmental space where colleagues can come as clients to freely explore their experiences, feelings, thoughts, and concerns.

 

Even if the issues you would like to bring involve the profession, therapy is vastly different from supervision or consultation and I aim to ensure you never feel evaluated and that there is a contained space to explore personal issues and or the unique challenges and stressors that psychologists may encounter in their professional lives.

 

"I want to come to therapy, but, I've seen behind the curtain..."  

I hear this sentiment the most from those uncertain about starting this journey.  We explore openly, honestly, collaboratively, and transparently what your experience is.  Therapy shouldn't be trickery.  

"I've CBT'd myself and I know what I need to do and what to tell myself".  

And, if it works, it works.  If you are struggling, a shift in focus may help.  There is a cognitive piece in the top-down aspect to holistic body-based approaches, but exploring your organization of experience from an SP lens, bottom-up, is quite different.

"I'm embarrassed to be a therapist and have these issues"

You are human.  And your humanity is the best part of you that shows up as a professional - it's also the part of you that hurts in your own life whether that is outside or inside of your work.  Therapists come to therapy to explore inter- and intrapersonal stress, family of origin issues, trauma, enactments, grief and loss, boundary concerns, stressors or conflicts, or any number of concerns.

"I'm afraid of judgment around how I respond to my issues - I should know better."

You might think, 'I can't believe this person is a therapist'!"

Likely, the most present part of you shows up at work - regulated, mindful, attuned, and ready to engage in a professional relationship which offers relative safety.  Friend and Family relationships are different - your responses will be different, too.  And you can know better, theoretically, and still need help processing the emotion, beliefs, thoughts, parts, and body sensations involved in your experiences.  

I've been seeing my psychologist on and off since 2008.  I'm a psychologist who sees a psychologist, too 

 

I think often of something Ram Dass offered: "If you think you are enlightened, go spend a weekend with your family".  

"I'm not sure if I need supervision, consultation, or therapy"

Supervision primarily focuses on professional development and skill enhancement for psychologists through a structured and collaborative relationship in which the supervisor's primary goals is to promote the supervisee's growth and competence as a psychologist.

Consultation entails collaboration among colleagues of similar professional levels to review and explore clinical cases, share insights, and provide mutual support and feedback in an open exchange of ideas.  

Therapy for psychologists focuses on addressing the personal and emotional well-being of the psychologist. In therapy free from the constraints of their professional role. Therapy allows psychologists to address issues which may or may not be related to or impact their work. 

"I'm concerned about how it might feel if we run into each other at a training or conference?"

I have been in this position.  If I am assisting a training you are enrolled in, I add your name to a conflict of interest list in which the reasons are not identified.  This list includes friends, family, clients, therapists, managers, supervisees, fellow parents, fellow members, etc., and does not immediately imply a client-therapist relationship.  

 

"I'm concerned about how it might feel seeing a psychologist that I might run into at a social or professional function."

 

Similar to what I tell my non-psychologist clients, my automatic response to the familiarity of you means that I may smile before my brain has finished computing who you are, but a smile is generally socially accepted and expected in leisure or recreational settings and does not have to give away a relationship.  I will not approach you in public and if you wish to approach me just to say hello, I leave that to you. 

 

In professional meet-ups there is more opportunity for overlap during networking.  If I find myself in this type of situation, I try to take the lead to discretely excuse myself from a space where a client may have not been able to avoid ending up in chat or small group that has happened to blend with people I may be standing or talking with. 

"I'm can imagine myself trying to be the 'perfect client'..."

...Well then, let's start there.  

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If I can answer any other questions you may have, please feel free to reach out.

My therapy room a non-judgmental space where you can come as you are.  

Welcome - A Therapist for Helping Professionals - A Psychologist for Psychologists
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