Category Archives: MFT Interns

The Trip From A to B

A person leaves point A, travels a bit and winds up at point B. That’s what we see. But if we look a little deeper, this journey represents two very different trips. In the first, the person is hanging out in A, … Continue reading

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Quote: Therapeutic Truth

“You can be kind with the truth or blunt with the facts.”  -Ruth A. Auten, LMFT Here’s the great thing about the truth: Everybody’s got one. I don’t put much effort into convincing people about some objective truth. They are more inclined … Continue reading

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The Therapist’s Job

“What do you do?” is a question I hear from time to time. What is the job of the psychotherapist? It’s a reasonable question. Here’s one way I see it: When someone feels stuck, I create opportunities for change. I do this … Continue reading

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Quote: Solving Problems

“We become more effective problem solvers when we work less on our problems and more on ourselves.”  -HSW Problem solving isn’t so much about defeating issues as it is about seeing through them. To do this we need to take the most advantageous … Continue reading

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The Breaks

Therapy is all about the breaks: Breakdowns and Breakthroughs. Breakdowns lead us into therapy and Breakthroughs get us out. Breakdowns are simply moments when I realize what I’m doing isn’t working and it’s clear something must change. I don’t mean just … Continue reading

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Fighting Over Small Things

A lot of couples come to therapy citing a series of squabbles over petty issues. Here’s the first thing I tell them: There are no fights over small things. All fights are about big things. We blame them on small … Continue reading

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The Planting Season

‘Tis the season. The one with many names. Most people call it the holiday season, but how you refer to the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day depends on who you are and what you do. For consumers it’s … Continue reading

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When Online is Off-point

I just returned from an excellent professional conference. As a direct result I feel better able to serve my clients. This was meaningful Continuing Education! I don’t get that feeling from online CEUs. I get the hours but I don’t … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Being a Psychotherpist

“I’m filled with gratitude & every day it grows. How could it not? My appointment book is a bouquet of intimate moments. My colleagues are a network of skilled empathizers. My cost of doing business is self-care and personal development. … Continue reading

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Telling My Story

We all have our story. From time to time we tell our story… to friends, relatives, co-workers, co-passengers, bystanders, strangers, bartenders, and of course people tell their story to therapists. It’s your story and you are the one telling it. Here’s … Continue reading

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