The Practice of Therapy Podcast with Gordon Brewer

Gordon Brewer, MEd, LMFT: Therapist | Consultant | Writer | Speaker

This podcast is here for therapists, counselors, social workers, psychotherapists, and mental health clinicians in their practice journeys. I'm Gordon Brewer and the person behind The Practice of Therapy Blog and Website that provides tools, resources and advice for people starting, growing or expanding their private practices. The podcast will help you learn from other experts in the field to move your private practice forward to success. The Practice of Therapy Podcast is part of the PsychCraft Network of Podcasts; PsychCraft, LLC read less
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Malka Shaw | Combating Anti-Semitism: Strategies for Therapists in Private Practice | TPOT 319
4d ago
Malka Shaw | Combating Anti-Semitism: Strategies for Therapists in Private Practice | TPOT 319
Malka is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey, New York, and Florida. She has been in the mental health field for over 25 years and has successfully run her private practice for the last 15 years. In response to the events of October 7th and the ongoing situation, Malka Shaw, LCSW and Stacey Shapiro, LCSW, have co-founded the Kesher Shalom Project. This initiative, led by seasoned trauma specialists, has trained over 2000 therapists globally. Their training equips therapists with vital tools to aid Jewish clients during the conflict, covering trauma assessments, practical techniques, and understanding Jewish competency through a trauma-focused lens, as well as addressing intergenerational trauma and the pervasive impact of anti-Semitism. Kesher Shalom plans to extend its impact by offering specialized workshops and groups for non-clinical audiences. We cover various aspects of Jewish identity, misconceptions about Zionism, advocacy for Jewish rights and diversity, supporting Jewish clients through trauma, navigating anti-Semitism in therapy, and cultivating empathy in therapy. Malka eloquently discusses the correlation between anti-Semitism and racism, clarifies the meaning of Zionism, criticizes misconceptions about anti-Zionism, and emphasizes the importance of combating all forms of anti-Semitism. She also reflects on the role of therapists in providing a safe space for clients, discusses the impact of prejudice on therapy, and advocates for cultural sensitivity and compassion in therapeutic practices. Overall, we chat about the complexities of Jewish identity and the importance of empathy, validation, and understanding in addressing the unique experiences of Jewish individuals. Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Use the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes free Start Consulting with GordonThe PsychCraft NetworkThe Practice of Therapy CommunityKesher ShalomKesher Shalom NewsletterMalka ShawFollow Malka on LinkedIn
Jason Frishman | Presence and Mindfulness: Balancing Work and Family | TPOT 318
Feb 19 2024
Jason Frishman | Presence and Mindfulness: Balancing Work and Family | TPOT 318
Jason has been working for over 20 years to support individuals, groups, families, organizations, and businesses. Jason is excited to bring over two decades of work in offices, institutions, kitchens, farmers’ markets, woodlots, and boardrooms to wild new environments. Whether as a psychotherapist, the creator and founder of JourneyMen, public speaker, thought leader, or narrative consultant, Jason believes that our lives are adventurous, and we can and should be active, engaged authors of our own adventure stories! In this episode, Jason critiques the societal norms that suppress male sensitivity and emotions, advocating for a broader range of narratives that reflect diverse human experiences. Jason emphasizes the importance of presence and mindfulness in navigating societal expectations, particularly for men balancing work and family life. He calls for a reimagining of masculinity and fatherhood within broader social narratives and encourages individuals to craft their own stories. Ultimately, Jason highlights the power of storytelling and agency in shaping our lives and invites others to engage with his work. Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Use the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes freeThe PsychCraft Network Start Consulting with GordonThe Practice of Therapy CommunityInstagram Mental Health TemplatesMental Health Wear (use code POT24)Jason’s WebsiteJason on LinkedInJason on FacebookJason on Instagram
Ashley Darnall | Digital Marketing Success in Private Practice | TPOT 317
Feb 12 2024
Ashley Darnall | Digital Marketing Success in Private Practice | TPOT 317
Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and mental health copywriter for therapists. In her professional work as a clinician, Ashley has experience with in-patient counseling and case management, outpatient counseling, and medical and insurance practice. In the realm of SEO and private practice, the importance of user experience is often overlooked, leading therapists to rush into website setup without addressing essential business aspects. This mistake stems from a lack of business education during clinical training. To enhance online visibility, therapists must define their ideal client, avoiding generic content that fails to connect. The transition from academic writing to a conversational tone is crucial, with Ashley emphasizing simplicity and clarity. In the SEO landscape, she advocates for a basic level of optimization, simplifying the process by breaking it into keywords, strategic copywriting, and technical precision. Ashley empowers therapists to navigate SEO's overwhelming nature, encouraging them to focus on foundational principles for a well-performing website. Through one-on-one interactions, she dispels the intimidation surrounding SEO, fostering a belief that, with basic knowledge, therapists can independently implement strategies, eliminating the need for recurring expenses. Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Use the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes free Start Consulting with GordonThe PsychCraft NetworkThe Practice of Therapy CommunityInstagram Mental Health TemplatesMental Health Wear (use code POT24)Ashley’s WebsiteAshley’s Instagram
Jennifer McGurk | Pursuing Private Practice: Insights From a Dietician | TPOT 316
Feb 5 2024
Jennifer McGurk | Pursuing Private Practice: Insights From a Dietician | TPOT 316
Jennifer McGurk RDN, CDN, CEDS-S is the founder and CEO of Pursuing Private Practice. She began her career in business as a dietitian in private practice. She grew her private practice into a group practice and eventually expanded into speaking, offering workshops, and supervising other professionals. In this episode, Jennifer guides us in overcoming imposter syndrome and navigating the complexities of private practice, promoting diversified offerings beyond one-on-one sessions for a broader impact in the field. Her career in dietetics has undergone a significant transformation from a weight-centric approach to becoming a passionate advocate for anti-diets and holistic well-being. Her journey, shaped by continuous learning and client interactions, highlights the limitations of traditional diets and champions a weight-inclusive perspective. As a committed advocate for eating disorder treatment and recovery, Jennifer emphasizes the interconnected elements of mental health, genetics, environment, and brain function. Transitioning from a clinician to the business world, she stresses the multifaceted nature of recovery, challenging linear progressions, and advocating for a comprehensive treatment team. Jennifer addresses the need for early exposure to business concepts in dietetics education, encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset from the outset of one's career. Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Use the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes freeThe PsychCraft NetworkThe Practice of Therapy CommunityMental Health Wear (use code POT24) Consulting With GordonPursuing Private PracticeJennifer on InstagramJennifer on Facebook Pursuing Private Practice PodcastJennifer on LinkedIn
Stefani Cohen | Getting Really Niche Specific: A Tale of Overcoming Fears | TPOT 314
Jan 22 2024
Stefani Cohen | Getting Really Niche Specific: A Tale of Overcoming Fears | TPOT 314
EmBARK on a transformative journey with Stefani Cohen as we chat about “Overcoming Your Child's Fear of Dogs." Stefani shares the heartfelt story of her daughter Becky's unexpected fear of dogs, navigating a landscape void of resources. Through the prism of exposure therapy, Stefani witnessed Becky's remarkable transformation, sparking a commitment to extend her expertise to a wider audience. Stefani authored a comprehensive guide aimed at parents, therapists, dog trainers, grandparents, and dog enthusiasts.  We dive into the book's core components, emphasizing education about dog behavior and the empowering journey of reclaiming control over fears. Join Stefani in uncovering the importance of educating children on safe dog interactions, cultivating curiosity, and practicing mindfulness. Discover her holistic approach to exposure therapy, encouraging individuals to become "detectives" in understanding canine behavior. From practical tips on meeting dogs for the first time to advocating for good manners in both dogs and children, Stefani's insights resonate with anyone seeking harmonious relationships between children and our beloved canine companions. Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Use the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes freeThe PsychCraft NetworkThe Practice of Therapy CommunityInstagram Mental Health TemplatesMental Health Wear (use code POT24)Stefani’s WebsiteStefani on FacebookStefani on InstagramStefani on LinkedIn Overcoming Your Child's Fear of Dogs: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents
Susanne Mariga | Strategies for Long-Term Prosperity in Private Practice | TPOT 313
Jan 15 2024
Susanne Mariga | Strategies for Long-Term Prosperity in Private Practice | TPOT 313
Susanne Mariga is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Tax Coach specializing in business and personal tax planning.  In the realm of private practice, Susanne brings a wealth of insight to the table, emphasizing the significance of Mindful Money Mastery. Reflecting on her own transformative journey as a profit-first professional and coach, Susanne underscores the need for business owners, particularly in service-driven fields, to redefine success individually. Passionate about service, she champions aligning thoughts, behaviors, and feelings with financial goals, asserting that building wealth can harmoniously coexist with a sense of purpose. Susanne advocates for a mindful approach, urging practitioners to visualize their desired outcomes and craft a roadmap toward financial success while staying faithful to their calling. As we navigate Susanne's narratives—from the impactful lessons learned through shoebox receipts to the intricacies of tax optimization and retirement planning—it becomes evident that her insights are about financial acumen and cultivating a resilient and purpose-driven financial mindset for long-term prosperity. Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Use the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes freeThe PsychCraft NetworkThe Practice of Therapy CommunityInstagram Mental Health TemplatesMental Health Wear (use code POT24)Full Focus PlannerYouTube Series: Love & LossProfit First: Target Allocation Percentages (TAPs)Susanne’s WebsiteSusanne on InstagramSusanne on XSusanne on FacebookSusanne on LinkedInSusanne’s Podcast Profit First For Minority Business EnterprisesProfit FirstProfit First for Therapists
Jim LaPierre | Navigating Imposter Syndrome in Private Practice | TPOT 309
Dec 11 2023
Jim LaPierre | Navigating Imposter Syndrome in Private Practice | TPOT 309
Jim LaPierre LCSW, CCS is a seasoned mental health clinician who specializes in recovery from trauma and substance use disorder. Jim identifies as a wounded healer and a work in progress. He spends his days with fellow social misfits, helping them transform their lives. Jim & his wife Brigitte own and operate an outpatient client in Brewer, Maine. In this episode of The Practice of Therapy, we navigate the intricate terrain of imposter syndrome, delve into the raw reflections on authenticity and compassion in mental health training, and uncover the often-neglected reality of self-care in the profession. Jim, a seasoned therapist, shares his invaluable insights on imposter syndrome, emphasizing its roots in the multifaceted journey of overcoming challenges. The narrative challenges misconceptions surrounding this phenomenon, shedding light on its universal nature that can manifest at various career stages. Jim's candid reflections on authenticity and compassion expose the pitfalls of conventional professional training, urging a shift towards a more genuine and compassionate approach for clinicians. As we conclude, Jim calls for fostering vulnerability within the mental health profession, emphasizing the pivotal role of supportive networks and honest dialogues in navigating the challenges of toxic work environments. This episode provides a holistic perspective, encouraging clinicians to embrace their identity, overcome challenges, and prioritize self-care for a fulfilling and resilient career in mental health. Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Use the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes freeTry JotformThe PsychCraft NetworkThe Practice of Therapy CommunityInstagram Mental Health TemplatesMental Health Wear Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: for Healers & Helpers A Guide for Wounded HealersJim’s WebsiteEmail Jim: counseling@roadrunner.com
Sarah Almendariz Rivera | The Transformative Power of Community Support: Private Practice Lessons | TPOT 307
Nov 28 2023
Sarah Almendariz Rivera | The Transformative Power of Community Support: Private Practice Lessons | TPOT 307
Sarah Almendariz Rivera is a San Antonio, Texas native, born and raised. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009. She spent the next eight years working in non-profits and larger community mental health agencies. She launched into a solo private practice in 2017 and did tons of things wrong! After getting a little wind under her sails, she transitioned into a self-pay group private practice, La Luz Counseling, in 2020 to help keep up with the mental health needs during COVID-19.  In this episode, Sarah speaks about the defining traits that set mental health professionals apart, emphasizing their innate love for learning and unyielding independence. Join us as we explore the collective enthusiasm within the profession for continuous education, from reading and documentaries to podcasts. Sarah dives into her personal journey of reflection, mistakes, and second chances in business ownership, offering valuable insights for aspiring entrepreneurs. She also shares her experiences in seeking guidance, community support's transformative power, and mentorship's vital role in navigating the complexities of business ownership. Resources Mentioned In This Episode Use the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes freeTry JotformThe PsychCraft NetworkThe Practice of Therapy CommunityInstagram Mental Health TemplatesMental Health WearSarah's WebsiteSarah on LinkedIn
Kurt Schmidt | Breaking Down Barriers: The Power of Peer Support Services | TPOT 306
Nov 20 2023
Kurt Schmidt | Breaking Down Barriers: The Power of Peer Support Services | TPOT 306
Episode 306 brings to light the transformative influence of certified peer support services in mental health and recovery. Kurt Schmidt, a visionary in this field, unravels the profound impact of peer support and emphasizes its distinction from traditional sponsorship models. Certified peer support specialists, equipped with personal experiences and specialized training, play a pivotal role in breaking down barriers and establishing connections beyond conventional support structures. This episode sets the stage for exploring the nuanced path of peer support specialization, guided by Kurt's insights. From the rigorous standards upheld by his organization to the essence of becoming a peer support specialist, we dive into the intricacies of a career that demands profound self-reflection and a genuine commitment to the well-being of others. Kurt's emphasis on collaborative growth, soul-searching, and the revolutionary approach of The Peer Network underscores the evolving landscape of mental health services through peer support. Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Read the show notesUse the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes freeTry JotformThe PsychCraft NetworkThe Practice of Therapy CommunityInstagram Mental Health TemplatesMental Health WearKurt's WebsiteEmail Kurt: KurtSchmidt@thepeernetwork.comThe Peer Network on Instagram The Peer Network on FacebookThe Peer Network on LinkedIn
Julia Nepini | A Journey from Private Practice to Collaborative Leadership | TPOT 305
Nov 13 2023
Julia Nepini | A Journey from Private Practice to Collaborative Leadership | TPOT 305
Julia Nepini's journey from a private practitioner to a collaborative leader is a testament to the transformative potential of self-discovery and growth within the mental health field. In the quest to build a thriving practice, Julia emphasizes the critical distinction between treating the profession solely as a job and cultivating an environment beyond clinical work. Her approach reflects a commitment to nurturing a values-driven team that prioritizes support, collaboration, and individualized care. Julia's insights into the challenges of the mental health profession, her dedication to financial stability, and her innovative use of the Enneagram as a tool for team cohesion all contribute to her unique approach to creating a professional environment that values personal growth and work-life balance. In this episode, we delve into the multifaceted facets of Julia's journey, offering valuable insights and lessons for therapists, business owners, and anyone seeking to create a fulfilling and supportive work environment. Resources Mentioned In This Episode Learn More About This EpisodeUse the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes freeTry JotformThe PsychCraft NetworkThe Practice of Therapy CommunityInstagram Mental Health TemplatesMental Health WearCompassionate Consulting CompanyCompassionate Climb PodcastCompassionate Consulting Company on InstagramCompassionate Consulting Company on FacebookCompassionate Counseling CompanyCompassionateCounselingCompany on Instagram
Andrea Liebross | Finding Direction and Purpose in Your Private Practice | TPOT 303
Oct 30 2023
Andrea Liebross | Finding Direction and Purpose in Your Private Practice | TPOT 303
In this episode, Andrea Liebross takes center stage to illuminate the transformative power of having a clear vision in driving action and achieving unprecedented success. As a seasoned business consultant, Andrea acknowledges the common struggle among business owners, including therapists and coaches, in defining their vision and purpose. She unfolds her unique process, guiding clients through the creation of a visionary business plan, encouraging them to wield a metaphorical magic wand to envision their business a decade into the future. This imaginative exercise, though challenging, is pivotal in breaking free from constraints and allowing dreams to flourish. Andrea Liebross's insights resonate as a comprehensive guide for private practice owners seeking not just success but extraordinary success. Through the lenses of clear vision, strategic goal-setting, outsourcing, task selection, and financial acumen, Andrea provides a holistic blueprint for businesses to thrive and achieve remarkable results. The journey unfolds as a dynamic interplay of imagination, strategic planning, and emotional intelligence, guided by Andrea's expertise and visionary approach. Resources Mentioned In This Episode Use the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes freeFull Focus PlannerFocus GroupThe PsychCraft NetworkLaunch ClubThe Practice of Therapy CommunityInstagram Mental Health TemplatesBe A Podcast GuestMental Health WearWebsiteTime To Level Up PodcastShe Thinks BigAndrea on FacebookAndrea on Instagram Andrea on YouTube
Christy Pennison | Connections That Count: The Power of Like-Minded Networks | TPOT 301
Oct 16 2023
Christy Pennison | Connections That Count: The Power of Like-Minded Networks | TPOT 301
In this episode, we're diving deep into the essence of personal and professional growth with Christy Pennison. Imagine breaking free from limiting beliefs and unlocking a world of new opportunities that were once thought impossible. Our exploration begins with the profound impact of mentors who guide, support, and inspire us to challenge conventional wisdom and expand our perspectives. Join us as we navigate growth through diverse experiences and fearless exploration, discovering fresh insights and uncovering hidden talents.  But that's not all – we'll delve into the crucial role of reflection in personal and professional development, where we share insights on creating space for clarity, goal setting, and envisioning future possibilities. Then, we'll explore the power of like-minded connections, revealing the potential of surrounding oneself with individuals who encourage growth and challenge limited mindsets. And don't miss our exploration of the importance of embracing slowness for self-care and professional impact. Christy reminds us to step back, reflect, and prioritize self-care in today's fast-paced world, offering a compelling perspective on preventing burnout.  Get ready to embark on a journey of growth, reflection, and self-discovery that promises to reshape your personal and professional landscape. Tune in and embrace the possibilities! Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Use the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes freeThe PsychCraft NetworkThe Practice of Therapy CommunityInstagram Mental Health TemplatesMental Health WearFocus GroupLaunch ClubWebsiteChristy on FacebookChristy on InstagramChristy on LinkedInInspiring Possible PodcastThe Practice Collab
Mike Michalowicz | Revolutionizing Hiring Practices in Private Practice | TPOT 300
Oct 9 2023
Mike Michalowicz | Revolutionizing Hiring Practices in Private Practice | TPOT 300
In episode 300 of the Practice of Therapy Podcast, we delve into a transformative approach to the hiring process: recruiting workshops. Traditional interviews, as it turns out, have proven to be less effective than anticipated, with a mere 10% of candidates hired through this method turning out to be great performers within organizations. This often results in mishires and mismatches that hinder a company's growth.  Entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz, known for his groundbreaking book "Profit First," is on a mission to change the hiring game. Drawing inspiration from his focus on prioritizing profit, Michalowicz advocates for the adoption of recruiting workshops as the future of effective hiring. These workshops, which have seen success in the sports industry, offer a hands-on approach to evaluating candidates. They allow employers to witness potential hires in action, assessing their skills, problem-solving abilities, and collaborative aptitude. By immersing candidates in real-world scenarios and tasks, employers can gain a deeper insight into their capabilities and suitability for the organization.  In this episode, we explore how recruiting workshops can revolutionize talent acquisition, elevate organizational success, and foster a paradigm shift in hiring, emphasizing unproven abilities and task-centric talent matching. Join us for an eye-opening discussion on the future of effective hiring practices. Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Use the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes freeThe PsychCraft NetworkThe Practice of Therapy CommunityInstagram Mental Health TemplatesMental Health WearMike’s WebsiteMike on InstagramMike on FacebookProfit First