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Finding Your Blind Spots

It’s time to reimagine therapy and what it means to be a therapist. To support you as a whole person and a therapist, your hosts, Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy talk about how to approach the role of therapist in the modern age.

In this episode we talk about Deliberate Practice (part 1):

  • Finding someone better than you challenge you to improve
  • False Data that often supports our sense of how we good we are
  • How to know how well you’re doing with clients
  • Outcome measures, symptom relief, and clients feeling better
  • Why cases get stuck and why we should be focusing on these cases
  • Recording sessions and reviewing later to learn about your process and identify your blind spots
  • How important it is to continue your active learning
  • How the whole person therapist can bring their growth and training in the room
  • How to navigate when someone want you to be an expert – looking at your efficacy, cultural factors, and structuring your increased knowledge and growth
  • Listening closely to your clients
  • Getting on-going supervision, so someone can continue to push us to grow, identify what you’re missing
  • Asking to be challenged at your level of development
  • Identifying who can best supervise you and consult

Resources mentioned:

We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some handy-dandy links.

Deliberate Practice studies:

Anders Ericcson

Scott Miller

Previous episodes referenced:

Are You Sure You’re a Specialist?

Our events this year:

The Brand Called “You”: Legal & Ethical Issues in Developing a Personal Brand

The Therapy Reimagined Conference in Los Angeles in October 2018!!

Who we are:

Curt Widhalm is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is a Board Member at Large for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University, and a loving husband and father. He is 1/2 great person, 1/2 provocateur, and 1/2 geek, in that order. He dabbles in the dark art of making “dad jokes” and usually has a half-empty cup of coffee somewhere nearby. Learn more at:

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant. As a helping professional for two decades, she’s navigated the ups and downs of our unique line of work. She’s run her own solo therapy practice, designed innovative clinical programs, built and managed large, thriving teams of service providers, and consulted hundreds of helping professionals on how to build meaningful AND sustainable practices. In her spare time, Katie is secretly siphoning off Curt’s youthful energy, so that she can take over the world. Learn more at:

A Quick Note:

Our opinions are our own. We are only speaking for ourselves – except when we speak for each other, or over each other. We’re working on it.

Our guests are also only speaking for themselves and have their own opinions. We aren’t trying to take their voice, and no one speaks for us either. Mostly because they don’t want to, but hey.

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Voice Over by DW McCann

Music by Crystal Grooms Mangano

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