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The Modern Therapist's Survival Guide with Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy

Curt Widhalm, LMFT and Katie Vernoy, LMFT

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The Modern Therapist's Survival Guide with Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy
The Modern Therapist's Survival Guide with Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy

The Modern Therapist's Survival Guide with Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy

Curt Widhalm, LMFT and Katie Vernoy, LMFT

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The Modern Therapist’s Survival Guide: Where Therapists Live, Breathe, and Practice as Human BeingsIt’s time to reimagine therapy and what it means to be a therapist. We are human beings who can now present ourselves as whole people, with authenticity, purpose, and connection. Especially now, when clinicians must develop a personal brand to market their private practices, and are connecting over social media, engaging in social activism, pushing back against mental health stigma, and facing a whole new style of entrepreneurship.To support you as a whole person, a business owner, and a therapist, your hosts, Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy talk about how to approach the role of therapist in the modern age.

Latest Episodes

Who Gets to Have Therapy?

Curt and Katie talk about therapists’ responsibility for mental health access and the (sometimes moral) decision about whether one focuses on income or providing treatment to all. We look at a living wage, the mental health system, entrepreneurship, and capitalism. Specifically: Is mental health access a universal right? Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs The possible impacts of universal mental healthcare on entrepreneurship and the field

39 MIN4 days ago
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Who Gets to Have Therapy?

Trauma Informed Work Place

An interview with Kristin Martinez, LMFT, about how trauma informed practices apply to the workplace. Curt and Katie talk with Kristin about her person-centered management, the benefits of treating employees well, and the risks of managing individuals as though they were cogs in a machine. Specifically: The risk of burnout and turnover for workplaces that don’t take care of their people Best practices for supervising and managing focused on employee engagement, connection, high quality work

37 MIN1 weeks ago
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Trauma Informed Work Place

Millennials as Therapists

Curt and Katie talk about generational differences in therapists, looking at perceptions (and misperceptions) about Millennials We look at how these differences impact therapy workplaces, supervision, and the future of our field. Specifically: Looking at why millennials are seen as entitled The "young upstart" mythology How technology provides immense amounts of data that wasn't around when X-ers and Boomers were growing up Ideas for better supervising and working with Millennial workers.

46 MIN2 weeks ago
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Millennials as Therapists

Therapy of Tomorrow

An interview with Paul Puri, M.D., about how we can make therapy better. Curt and Katie interview Dr. Puri about how technology and better clinical training can improve therapy outcomes as well as the responsibility we have as experts to impact social change through education and art. We look at Paul's work as a psychiatrist, a TV writer, and as CMO of OOTify. Specifically, how machine learning can help therapist matching, evidence-based treatments may be irrelevant, and therapists can impact social change.

38 MIN3 weeks ago
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Therapy of Tomorrow

Mass Shootings and Mental Illness

Curt and Katie talk about why mass shootings happen. We look at the complexity of the research and how solely blaming mental illness, doesn’t reflect the research and is stigmatizing. We also talk about how to identify risks and what to do to try to prevent violence. Specifically: Attribution Model Self-Esteem Developmental Factors "Aggrieved Entitlement" Compassion and multi-systemic interventions

37 MINAUG 19
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Mass Shootings and Mental Illness

Responding to Mass Shootings

Curt and Katie talk about how to take care of your clients, your communities, and yourself after a mass shooting. We look at the types of victims, the different stages of response, and treatment considerations. We also talk about the importance of assessing your own skills, bandwidth, and ability to help.

39 MINAUG 12
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Responding to Mass Shootings

Privileged and Biased

An interview with Jeff Guenther, LPC, about how therapy has been whitewashed and biased for a very long time. Curt and Katie talk with Jeff about his efforts to use his privilege to increase inclusion and diversity and to shine a light on biases that we all hold. We talk about Jeff's mission to decrease the impact of bias and increase access and inclusion in therapy through many efforts, including his progressive therapist directory: TherapyDen.

37 MINAUG 5
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Privileged and Biased

All Kinds of Burned Out

Curt and Katie talk about the different types of burnout. We look at the differences between employee and entrepreneur burnout, including how to prevent it and how to treat it. Specifically: How the different nature of how we work impacts how and why we burn out The importance of putting systems in place to decrease entrepreneur burnout The role that passion, obsession, and perfectionism can play How excuses can get in the way

37 MINJUL 29
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All Kinds of Burned Out

Black Mental Health

An interview with Patrice Douglas, LMFT, talking about mental health stigma in the Black Community. Curt and Katie talk with Patrice about how she is working to decrease stigma and increase access to competent treatment for African Americans. We look at: Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome (from Dr. Joy Degruy) The historical context that impacts the Black Community The impact of social media and other campaigns to decrease stigma in communities not typically reached

36 MINJUL 22
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Black Mental Health

Therapist Trolls and Haters

Curt and Katie talk about haters, heated online discourse that seems to delight in shaming other therapists, Schadenfreude, and the laziness of taking other people down while squandering the opportunity for creativity and positive discourse. Specifically, we talk about how often we see a backlash against people who step out with big ideas, vulnerability, or innovation in the online space. We also have a call to action to reach out with kindness and creativity to support moving our field forward.

33 MINJUL 15
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Therapist Trolls and Haters

Latest Episodes

Who Gets to Have Therapy?

Curt and Katie talk about therapists’ responsibility for mental health access and the (sometimes moral) decision about whether one focuses on income or providing treatment to all. We look at a living wage, the mental health system, entrepreneurship, and capitalism. Specifically: Is mental health access a universal right? Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs The possible impacts of universal mental healthcare on entrepreneurship and the field

39 MIN4 days ago
Comments
Who Gets to Have Therapy?

Trauma Informed Work Place

An interview with Kristin Martinez, LMFT, about how trauma informed practices apply to the workplace. Curt and Katie talk with Kristin about her person-centered management, the benefits of treating employees well, and the risks of managing individuals as though they were cogs in a machine. Specifically: The risk of burnout and turnover for workplaces that don’t take care of their people Best practices for supervising and managing focused on employee engagement, connection, high quality work

37 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Trauma Informed Work Place

Millennials as Therapists

Curt and Katie talk about generational differences in therapists, looking at perceptions (and misperceptions) about Millennials We look at how these differences impact therapy workplaces, supervision, and the future of our field. Specifically: Looking at why millennials are seen as entitled The "young upstart" mythology How technology provides immense amounts of data that wasn't around when X-ers and Boomers were growing up Ideas for better supervising and working with Millennial workers.

46 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Millennials as Therapists

Therapy of Tomorrow

An interview with Paul Puri, M.D., about how we can make therapy better. Curt and Katie interview Dr. Puri about how technology and better clinical training can improve therapy outcomes as well as the responsibility we have as experts to impact social change through education and art. We look at Paul's work as a psychiatrist, a TV writer, and as CMO of OOTify. Specifically, how machine learning can help therapist matching, evidence-based treatments may be irrelevant, and therapists can impact social change.

38 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Therapy of Tomorrow

Mass Shootings and Mental Illness

Curt and Katie talk about why mass shootings happen. We look at the complexity of the research and how solely blaming mental illness, doesn’t reflect the research and is stigmatizing. We also talk about how to identify risks and what to do to try to prevent violence. Specifically: Attribution Model Self-Esteem Developmental Factors "Aggrieved Entitlement" Compassion and multi-systemic interventions

37 MINAUG 19
Comments
Mass Shootings and Mental Illness

Responding to Mass Shootings

Curt and Katie talk about how to take care of your clients, your communities, and yourself after a mass shooting. We look at the types of victims, the different stages of response, and treatment considerations. We also talk about the importance of assessing your own skills, bandwidth, and ability to help.

39 MINAUG 12
Comments
Responding to Mass Shootings

Privileged and Biased

An interview with Jeff Guenther, LPC, about how therapy has been whitewashed and biased for a very long time. Curt and Katie talk with Jeff about his efforts to use his privilege to increase inclusion and diversity and to shine a light on biases that we all hold. We talk about Jeff's mission to decrease the impact of bias and increase access and inclusion in therapy through many efforts, including his progressive therapist directory: TherapyDen.

37 MINAUG 5
Comments
Privileged and Biased

All Kinds of Burned Out

Curt and Katie talk about the different types of burnout. We look at the differences between employee and entrepreneur burnout, including how to prevent it and how to treat it. Specifically: How the different nature of how we work impacts how and why we burn out The importance of putting systems in place to decrease entrepreneur burnout The role that passion, obsession, and perfectionism can play How excuses can get in the way

37 MINJUL 29
Comments
All Kinds of Burned Out

Black Mental Health

An interview with Patrice Douglas, LMFT, talking about mental health stigma in the Black Community. Curt and Katie talk with Patrice about how she is working to decrease stigma and increase access to competent treatment for African Americans. We look at: Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome (from Dr. Joy Degruy) The historical context that impacts the Black Community The impact of social media and other campaigns to decrease stigma in communities not typically reached

36 MINJUL 22
Comments
Black Mental Health

Therapist Trolls and Haters

Curt and Katie talk about haters, heated online discourse that seems to delight in shaming other therapists, Schadenfreude, and the laziness of taking other people down while squandering the opportunity for creativity and positive discourse. Specifically, we talk about how often we see a backlash against people who step out with big ideas, vulnerability, or innovation in the online space. We also have a call to action to reach out with kindness and creativity to support moving our field forward.

33 MINJUL 15
Comments
Therapist Trolls and Haters