Rewriting faulty narratives | with therapist Dr. Gerald Drose

Psych Mic

Oct 28 2021 • 1 hr 18 mins

For more than thirty years, psychotherapist Gerald Drose, PhD, has been helping his clients re-write their personal narratives, recognizing that the stories we tell ourselves limit our ability to love and thrive.

Gerald works with individuals and couples, helping them with relationship problems; has published research on sex therapy; wrote a bi-weekly column on sex, love, and marriage; and has extensive couples’ therapy experience. He also enjoys supervising younger therapists, filling in the gaps left after graduate school training, and firmly believes in the artistry needed to deeply understand the people who come for help. His graduate school experience inspired his first novel, Bird Gotta Land (Amazon).

Bird Gotta Land (book website) is a fictional memoir about a young grad student in clinical psychology. He learns that "in order to heal others, he must first face his deepest wounds." This book is a rare look behind the curtain of graduate school and is a must-read for aspiring therapists (or simply those who are intrigued by the experiences of therapists as they learn to explore the human condition).

Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Gerald received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his wife Dina in Atlanta, Georgia, where the couple leads a psychotherapy practice with four locations. He has three grown sons and a granddaughter.

In this episode, we cover:

  1. How and when did you know you wanted to be a psychologist?
  2. Is being a therapist a calling, or is it something you can weigh out?
  3. What compelled you to get trained in sex therapy?
  4. What do you work on with couples?
  5. How much self-confidence does one need to have before beginning clinical training?
  6. Were you always a natural at therapy? What is the role of intuition in therapy?
  7. What happens if you don’t like your client, or if your client triggers your own wounds?
  8. How had your learning to be a therapist impact your personal relationships?
  9. What did you learn about people - our tendencies, our mental health, our relationships - that surprised you in grad school?
  10. Why are you drawn to narrative therapy?
  11. How do you know when a client is ready to go to uncomfortable places?
  12. Can you get licensed in different states?
  13. What is the most fulfilling part about being a therapist?
  14. What have you learned about young therapists by supervising so many of them?
  15. What advice do you have for the next generation of psychologists?
  16. What is one skill, quality, or general factor that has served you no matter where you went in life?

… and so much more!

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Music by: Adam Fine