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Navigating the Holidays as a Therapist

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 navigating the holidays:

  • Whether you should decorate your office
  • When it is okay to give or receive gifts from your clients
  • The potential trauma, triggers, pitfalls, and challenges related to different holidays for clients
  • Looking at the diversity of your clients, colleagues, and community when deciding what to put out there during the holidays
  • Looking at the scheduling challenges during the holidays and how to navigate those successfully
  • Fluctuating caseloads and rolling with the punches
  • Deciding whether to eat with your clients
  • Helping clients to cope with what can come up during the holidays
  • Reaching out and thanking referral sources during the holidays and at other times of the year

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.

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.


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Voice Over by DW McCann

Music by Crystal Grooms Mangano


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