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It’s Time to Think About Your Goals

It’s time to reimagine therapy and what it means to be a therapist. We are human beings who can now present ourselves as whole people, with authenticity, purpose, and connection. Especially now, when therapists must develop a personal brand to market their practices.

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 goals for the new year:

  • Sorting through New Year’s Resolutions, developing goals, and creating habits
  • SMART goals
  • Why it’s important to have big goals, but also identify the small steps to get there
  • Paying attention to the context of your life when creating goals
  • Assessing what’s realistic and what is an appropriate stretch goal
  • The importance of accountability
  • How to balance what you put out there and what you keep under wraps
  • Celebrating accomplishment
  • How specific you need to be to create true life-style changes (and how long they really take)
  • The strategy of goal setting – asking for help, delegating, and deciding what you can just stop doing

Resources mentioned:

We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some handy-dandy links. Please note that the link below is an affiliate link, so if you purchase after clicking below, we may get a little bit of cash in our pockets. We thank you in advance!

Profit from the Positive by Greenberg and Maymin

Katie’s Embrace Your Leadership Event (in January 2018 in Los Angeles, CA)

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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