"Helping people who help people"

A sufferer vs a therapist?

I found another great website, this one on social anxiety and panic attacks.  And while this person is not a therapist, he has a a really powerful voice. He suffered, grew, and is now sharing.  See it  here.  I’m adding it my category: Mental Health Sufferers so you can see examples of “real people” sharing and helping others.  It’s the beauty of the web.

I’ve seen therapy profiles where the therapist lists their own therapy or issues they have tackled. I’m very weary of doing this in  an advertisement.  While some people may find you more credible, it can also create a non-neutral boundary with prospective clients who aren’t  sure “what to do” with that information.  It puts YOUR stuff into their healing process.  There is a time and place to describe your own life,  but of ALL the potential places (a bio when you give a presentation to a  group, in an “about me” section of your website, in a specific, appropriate moment in the therapy session) an advertisement for people to call you should probably avoid your own mental health.  It should also be clear that you enjoy what you do BEYOND the fact that you found healing in your own therapy.  It reminds me of the annoyance wedding professionals have when they say, “just because you loved planning your own wedding does  NOT make you a good wedding planner.”  Similarly,  your skills and experience as my potential therapist should matter a LOT more than if you personally dealt with my issue.  Empathy without therapeutic skills and therapy experience is really just being a good friend whom I don’t have to pay to talk to!


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