Interview With Counsellor & Art Therapist Michelle April

Interview With Counsellor & Art Therapist Michelle April

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I had resigned from the Canadian federal public service. At a loss about what to do next, I was soaking in the tub and “art therapy” as a vocation dawned on me. Since I was a teenager, art and expression had been my own catalyst to healing. …

Interview With Marcello Real, MFT

Interview With Marcello Real, MFT

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I became a therapist after I had lived abroad, mostly in Asia, for 7 years. My pre-travel days undergraduate degree was a BA in psychology, from which I had learned a lot about myself and the human condition, but after living in various Asian countries and diving …

Interview With Dr. Roberta Gottardo

Interview With Dr. Roberta Gottardo

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I decided to become a therapist when I was I was fourteen. I was an adolescent and I was going through all the difficulties of this developmental stage. My favourite subject at school was philosophy. I think that I used to love that subject because at least …

Interview With Lisa Cloyd, Ph.D.

Interview With Lisa Cloyd, Ph.D.

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I think, like many people in the mental health field, from a young age I wanted to better understand people, including myself. As I grew, I also knew that I wanted to help others. My goal was to leave the world a better place than when I …

Interview With Karen Peabody, LICSW

Interview With Karen Peabody, LICSW

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I became a therapist for the same reason everyone becomes a therapist, I wanted to change the world. And I was terrible in math. There is almost no math in any of the undergraduate or graduate programs! Kidding aside, I have always been interested in people and …

Interview With Jaye Kelly-Johnston, MA., LPC-S, CMS-CHT, FIBH

Interview With Jaye Kelly-Johnston, MA., LPC-S, CMS-CHT, FIBH

I’ve been a licensed psychotherapist for 25 years now. I spent the past 10 years working in partnership with law-enforcement. I have had many opportunities to serve a wide variety of people, from all backgrounds, and with a variety of belief systems. One thing that each person I worked with had in common, was a …

Interview With Psychotherapist Damian George

Interview With Psychotherapist Damian George

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I decided to retrain as a Gestalt Psychotherapist following a very serious car accident eight years ago. My right leg was very badly injured and needed reconstruction. At the time, I was working in the TV industry, which involves spending a lot of time on one’s feet. …

Interview With Kristina Dragnea M.C., R.P

Interview With Kristina Dragnea M.C., R.P

What are your favorite or most interesting interpersonal relationship tips/advice? When couples come in to see me I start off by stressing the imperative nature that each party work their darnedest (against all odds set out by the ego) to focus on themselves, developing a keen eye for personal virtues and also faults in the …

Interview With Mary Marano, RP, MSc

Interview With Mary Marano, RP, MSc

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I became a therapist because at one time I was a foster parent for the children’s aid Society and due to wait lists and a flawed system children had to wait extensive time for service which I found to be painful and unfair. As a therapist I …

Interview With Psychotherapist Philippa Smethurst

Interview With Psychotherapist Philippa Smethurst

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I became a therapist because at the core of me is a deep and abiding interest in people. I was a music teacher and overseas development worker/recruiter, bur all the time it was what people are about that interested me most. What are the most rewarding aspects …

Interview With James McCracken, LCSW, PLLC

Interview With James McCracken, LCSW, PLLC

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I was a Political Science major during undergraduate studies, but realized after graduation that I had a knack for listening to people, being able to take multiple perspectives, feeling and dealing with a full range of emotions, and feeling ok being an active part of people’s lives …

Interview With Hilary Brown PhD

Interview With Hilary Brown PhD

How and/or why did you become a therapist? Why did I become a therapist? There is a feeling dimension to the question and thinking strand. When I was younger there were times when I was left to deal with things that were too difficult for a young person to manage. It was the emotional equivalent …

Interview With Jayni Bloch M.A. C.Psych.Assoc.

Interview With Jayni Bloch M.A. C.Psych.Assoc.

I always, even as a little child, wanted to understand how relationships work best, and knew that there are more to it than what seemed on the surface. Wondering why people experience so much conflict, became a puzzle that fueled my passion to solve. After years of studies, personal experiences, and sharp observations of my …

Interview With James Matthew Green, M.Div., LPC

Interview With James Matthew Green, M.Div., LPC

How and/or why did you become a therapist? As a young man I became impressed with how psychotherapy helped me become more emotionally healthy and happy. The personal growth that I gained in therapy resulted in me having much better relationships. So I got interested in the field of psychotherapy and eventually became a therapist …

Interview With Psychotherapist Edward Traversa

Interview With Psychotherapist Edward Traversa

How and/or why did you become a therapist? A very abbreviated version is that someone told me that I would never make something of myself and I wanted to prove them wrong. What are the most rewarding aspects of being a therapist? Seeing a client go from struggling with life to thriving. Its also a …

Interview With Counsellor Nadja Zivkovic Nikitin

Interview With Counsellor Nadja Zivkovic Nikitin

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I was always very curious about people and interpersonal relationships and people recognized this so they often came to me with their problems as I was a good listener and natural in empathy. I genuinely care about people and the more I work with them, the more …

Interview With Krystal Boothe, LCSW

Interview With Krystal Boothe, LCSW

Krystal Boothe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and owner of Wings of the Future. Boothe grew up in Detroit, MI from an underprivileged family in an abusive home; her father had two wives. The abusive environment made a major impact in her schooling as she had special educational classes. As an adult, she found …

Interview With Psychotherapist Tressa Porter

Interview With Psychotherapist Tressa Porter

How and/or why did you become a therapist? “Because I failed miserably as client!” I’m joking, though I felt like that for a long time! In therapy, fortunately you cannot fail. It’s a process of growth and understanding. I struggled deeply for many years to find relief from my own mind, to make sense of …

Interview With Jennifer Jones, LMFT

Interview With Jennifer Jones, LMFT

What’s unique or special in your background or approach to interpersonal relationships? Blending lots of different experiences, see below. What are your favorite or most interesting interpersonal relationship tips/advice? Being authentic and understanding your real feelings is a much better basis for long lasting trust and satisfying relationships than “behaving” correctly. I think truth, even …

Interview With Michael Raskind, LCSW

Interview With Michael Raskind, LCSW

How and/or why did you become a therapist? Originally I was interested in police work and was accepted to college for Criminal Science. My mother put the bug in my ear about how people seemed naturally attracted to me as someone who people seem to like to talk to. I have a cousin who was …

Interview With Psychotherapist Jeannine K. Vegh, M.A., I.M.F.T.

Interview With Psychotherapist Jeannine K. Vegh, M.A., I.M.F.T.

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I began working with other people as a Girl Scout and later through charity work. After a decade of working in the fashion industry, which I found very shallow, I looked up schools with a psychology degree and was hooked. I am not as creative as I …

Interview With Stephanie Konter-O’Hara, LPC, 200-RYT

Interview With Stephanie Konter-O’Hara, LPC, 200-RYT

I became a therapist after a difficult time in my life where I went to therapy in college to a few different therapists. One of the therapists was not so helpful which made me feel worse, but then I went to one that was so helpful and I felt a weight being lifted off my …

Interview With Dr. William Cloke

Interview With Dr. William Cloke

How or why did you become a therapist? I grew up in a family that believed in being of service and doing something that mattered. I became a teacher in 1970 after graduating from a program at USC called Teacher Corps which was a fellowship program with the goal of bringing new teaching methods into …

Interview With Dr. Debra Mandel

Interview With Dr. Debra Mandel

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I knew I wanted to become a psychologist by the time I turned 12 years old. I distinctly remember stating my goal out loud while serving appetizers to my parents’ friends during a social gathering at our house. One of the guests asked me the ever-so-common, and …

Interview With Teresa Solomita, LCSW-R, NCPsyA

Interview With Teresa Solomita, LCSW-R, NCPsyA

How and/or why did you become a therapist? As the youngest of 7 children in a chaotic household, I learned early on that I’d better learn to manage the relationships with my siblings in order to survive! I spent a lot of time watching, learning and listening – I seemed like the best one for …

Interview With Faith Dulin, MA, LMFTA

Interview With Faith Dulin, MA, LMFTA

How and/or why did you become a therapist? It seemed like a good idea at the time. I kid, I kid.. No, I wanted my very own super powers. OK, for real this time, human behavior is fascinating. What if you could understand why people do what they do and even anticipate certain behaviors? What …

Interview With Counsellor Lynsey Lowe

Interview With Counsellor Lynsey Lowe

Lynsey Lowe is a BACP Accredited Therapist with over 10 years’ experience of working with individuals, couples and groups. Her initial practice and main area of interest was working with survivors of trauma. Lynsey worked for a specialist trauma service for over 5 years as a counsellor, trainer and manager. She enjoys working with couples …

Interview With Dr. Chris Westinghouse

Interview With Dr. Chris Westinghouse

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I returned to the mental health sphere after a hiatus of almost 30 years in which I “did other things,” serving as a reform politician in South Africa, a global marketing supremo for a banking group and a few private business enterprises, including international board roles in …

Interview With Couples Counsellor Jonathan Swan

Interview With Couples Counsellor Jonathan Swan

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I studied a Masters of Gestalt Therapy and then embarked on studies in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. I became a therapist because I wanted to put into practice core beliefs and values that were important to me, to ‘walk the talk’. I developed a passion for working …

Interview With Javanne Golob, LCSW

Interview With Javanne Golob, LCSW

How and/or why did you become a therapist? Holocaust. I still remember the first time I heard the word uttered accompanied by an intense tone that was used to insinuate its severity. I turned towards my grandmother, “what does holocaust mean?” Her face was full of love, but also pain and sorrow. She eschewed my …

Interview With David Flowers, LPC-S, NCC

Interview With David Flowers, LPC-S, NCC

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I became a therapist because I wanted to work in an area where I had some natural giftedness, an area I would find rewarding. I was always that kid in middle school and high school all my friends came to to talk about their problems. I tend …

Interview With Lavanya Shankar, Ph.D

Interview With Lavanya Shankar, Ph.D

How and/or why did you become a therapist? Although my childhood desire was to be a dancer, I was also intrigued by the dynamics and subtle communication between people early on. My father was only too happy that I was interested in something “practical” when I chose to study psychology. I think my interest in …

Interview With Angela Skurtu M.Ed. LMFT

Interview With Angela Skurtu M.Ed. LMFT

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I have always wanted to help people live in happier, healthier marriages. Ever since I was young, people have come to me for advice on what to do in relationships. Now as a couples counseling, I have excellent opportunities to help couples live happy healthy lives. What …

Interview With Psychotherapist Patricia Murphy

Interview With Psychotherapist Patricia Murphy

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I had been working in the government sector and wanted to move to voluntary clients. I was about 35 when I decided to do this and had a career in the Department of Justice in Ireland but I had always run therapeutic group during that time. What …

Interview With Dr. Trish Quinlivan

Interview With Dr. Trish Quinlivan

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I grew up witnessing people close to me really struggling with mental illness. From a very early age I had a desire to help people suffering in this way. I studied medicine and worked for many years as a general practitioner. I knew I was passionate about …

Interview With Andrew Erdman, LCSW

Interview With Andrew Erdman, LCSW

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I came to social work and psychotherapy in my mid-40s after working various jobs in the private and educational sectors for most of my adult life. It was the culmination of a long process of self-discovery, growth, and working-through of very compelling issues of my own that …

Interview With Maureen Houtz, MA, LMFT

Interview With Maureen Houtz, MA, LMFT

What are some of the biggest mistakes a therapist or patient can make? Despite the 3000 hour process and years of education, many therapists make the mistake of assuming the work is solving the client’s problem.Thinking we are responsible for a person’s marriage or their children is a mistake. A therapist that has just met …

Interview With Psychotherapist and Poet Gene Barry

Interview With Psychotherapist and Poet Gene Barry

How and/or why did you become a therapist? Whilst living a traumatic childhood from a very young age, I began to people-watch as it enabled me to ‘categorise’ people for my own safety and wellbeing. In doing so, I discovered the difference between the ‘factual’ and the ‘actual’. Although fascinated by people’s habits, attitudes and …

What is the #1 Tip to Keep your Marriage Strong? It’s all about the Small Stuff!

What is the #1 Tip to Keep your Marriage Strong? It’s all about the Small Stuff!

An interview… I have been working with couples since 2000 and have seen Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers and Millennials. I work with couples as they struggle with affairs and divorce as well as with premarital clients as they prepare for marriage. When I look back over my years of work I don’t see any one …

Interview With Wendy Padley MBACP (Reg), MA, MSc

Interview With Wendy Padley MBACP (Reg), MA, MSc

How and/or why did you become a therapist? This was a series of things really – I had been doing some voluntary work in a social reading group and I’d previously done an introduction to counselling, so the interest was there. This social reading group re-ignited my interest because I was reminded about how much …

Interview With Mirel Goldstein, MS, MA, LPC

Interview With Mirel Goldstein, MS, MA, LPC

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I confess that it’s because I absolutely thrive on emotional intensity 🙂 And that I live for those moments of connection that are just so real, authentic, and deep 🙂 And that I want my clients to have that too 🙂 A place where they can really …

Interview With Psychotherapist Ann Hogan

Interview With Psychotherapist Ann Hogan

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I became a Counsellor/Psychotherapist because a close member of my family nearly died and was treated at a hospital many miles away from where I lived. I received a lot of invaluable support from various people at that time and realised how important it is in times …

Interview With Psychotherapist Fatima Salya

Interview With Psychotherapist Fatima Salya

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I come from a strong Muslim Asian Community from Preston, England. During my teenage years listening to teenagers at mosque suffering from abuse. I realised this community needed therapy and a feminist. During my A Levels I had to choose whether to become a Lawyer or a …

Interview With Psychotherapist Amanda Robins

Interview With Psychotherapist Amanda Robins

How and/or why did you become a therapist? Basically I wanted to help young people. I retrained in social work after a successful career in the visual arts and progressed to working in public mental health, where I learnt a lot about families and and serious mental illness. My overall aim was to be a …

Interview With Psychotherapist Jennelle Liljestrand

Interview With Psychotherapist Jennelle Liljestrand

Jennelle is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Supervisor, and Coach, working in a “Soteria” psychiatric clinic and in private practice in Munich, Germany. www.jennellepraxis.com. How and/or why did you become a therapist? I had always been aware of my privilege growing up in a wealthy white suburb. This discomfort, combined with my psychology interest …

Interview With Dr. Lennie Soo

Interview With Dr. Lennie Soo

How and/or why did you become a therapist? My doctorate is in Counselling Psychology. Most therapists become therapists because of the challenges in their own lives and I am no different. I became a therapist because of the challenges that I had faced in life and I wanted to understand how to manage and handle …

Interview With Counselor Diane Chrestman

Interview With Counselor Diane Chrestman

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I became a therapist because I love helping people become the highest version of themselves possible. Relationships are certainly complicated and have enormous potential to add to our suffering. All individuals have a unique presentation of personality quirks such as wrong beliefs, perceptions, traumatic experiences and less-than …

Ten Things You Don’t Know About Marriage Counseling – Dr. Tina B. Tessina

Ten Things You Don’t Know About Marriage Counseling – Dr. Tina B. Tessina

Background: I’m a licensed psychotherapist in S. California, with 30 years’ experience in counseling individuals and couples. I’m also the author of 13 books in 16 languages, including How to be Happy Partners: Working it out Together, Love Styles: How to Celebrate Your Differences and The Real 13th Step: Discovering Confidence, Self-Reliance and Independence Beyond …

Interview With Psychotherapist Joelle Anderson

Interview With Psychotherapist Joelle Anderson

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I actually started out in education, and then marketing and hadn’t really considered psychotherapy as a career because, initially, I didn’t really know/understand what a psychotherapist did. It was when I was doing my mindfulness training that I learned more about counselling and psychotherapy and realized it …

Interview With Psychotherapist Justine Corrie

Interview With Psychotherapist Justine Corrie

How and/or why did you become a therapist? My journey to becoming a psychotherapist was very much a personal one. My own childhood was very traumatic and I’d left home at a young age. I spent most of my twenties travelling and discovering myself through some hairy adventures, spiritual enquiry and also a lot of …

Interview With Psychotherapist Fe Robinson

Interview With Psychotherapist Fe Robinson

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I used to work in HR, and found myself unable to help people with their problems as much as I wanted to. I initially trained as a life coach and then learned about NLP to deepen my skills. The more I learned the more I wanted to …

Interview With Inge Dean, LMFT

Interview With Inge Dean, LMFT

Why did you become a therapist? I was drawn to becoming a therapist even before I knew exactly what one did. As I child, I watched “The Miracle Worker” about Helen Keller and declared that when I grew up I wanted to help people like Anne Sullivan. Part of what intrigued me was my curiosity …

Interview With Anna Marson, MA, RP, CCC

Interview With Anna Marson, MA, RP, CCC

How and/or why did you become a therapist? Always being psychologically-minded from a young age, I tended to gravitate towards studies in psychology to better understand human thinking and behavior. Years later in my career I realized that I’d been inadvertently counselling my friends in high school hallways all along! So a great deal of …

Interview With Psychotherapist Kirsty Campbell

Interview With Psychotherapist Kirsty Campbell

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I became a therapist partly because therapy has helped me a great deal at various points in my life. I’ve had some really supportive and helpful experiences with therapists who’ve journeyed alongside me as I’ve navigated something painful or a big change. Becoming a qualified therapist in …

Interview With BPS chartered and HCPC registered consultant Clinical Psychologist Adriana Giotta

Interview With BPS chartered and HCPC registered consultant Clinical Psychologist Adriana Giotta

How and/or why did you become a therapist? Being a psychotherapist for me is a vocation. I have been passionate about psychology and philosophy since I was an adolescent, always curious about the mysteries of the human mind and existence itself. One of the driving forces to become a therapist has also been my wish …

Interview With Ronnie Diener, M.A, LMFT, LPCC

Interview With Ronnie Diener, M.A, LMFT, LPCC

What are some things about therapy that you want to increase public awareness about? My therapy approach, which I call Quantumview Therapy, is largely based on the discoveries of quantum physics. This may sound like a scientific approach, but it’s actually the opposite. Quantum reality is an understanding of reality, based on quantum physics discoveries, …

Interview With Psychotherapist Lucas Teague

Interview With Psychotherapist Lucas Teague

How and/or why did you become a therapist? Becoming a therapist was always a vocation for me and definitely my calling in life. Prior to becoming a therapist, I realised I was suffering from depression. I decided not to go down the medical route of taking medication, and instead took up meditation and went into …

Interview With Judy Noddin, MFT

Interview With Judy Noddin, MFT

What are the most rewarding aspects of being a therapist? One of the most rewarding aspects of being a therapist is constantly being challenged to grow and heal in order to have the necessary skills and capacities to support my client’s growth and healing. The emphasis here is “support” my client’s healing. One of the …

Interview With Counsellor Lucy Cavendish

Interview With Counsellor Lucy Cavendish

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I was a journalist and I loved interviewing people and finding out what makes them tick and I realised that I wanted to do that in a more in-depth way. I am fascinated by people, their world, our world. What are the most rewarding aspects of being …

Interview With Dr. Monica Sharma

Interview With Dr. Monica Sharma

How and/or why did you become a therapist? Becoming a therapist or to be precise a clinical psychologist was not something I had planned for. Me being an average student during my school days I was helped by a special educator who made a difference in my life and what I am today. So, I …

Interview With Dr. Eva Smidova

Interview With Dr. Eva Smidova

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I remember that I loved to sit and observe people. I have images of me being 5 years old and 7, 8, or 15 years old, sitting on a bus or train or tram or anywhere and calmly observing other people, the way how they act, speak, …

Interview With Vinodha Joly, LMFT

Interview With Vinodha Joly, LMFT

How and/or why did you become a therapist? This is my second career. My original career path was in Computer Engineering. I worked in Silicon Valley high-tech companies for over a decade, but I felt unfulfilled, as my heart was not in technology. Being empathic, I was drawn to psychology and wanted to make a …

The New Power Couple – Top Relationship Tips From The Author’s Blog

The New Power Couple – Top Relationship Tips From The Author’s Blog

Below is our interpretation of the best relationship tips found on the blog of the Freemans, authors of The New Power Couple: Designing An Abundant Life And Relationship That Lasts Forever which you can get at https://www.amazon.com/New-Power-Couple-Designing-Relationship-ebook/dp/B01M71GL79. 1. Conflict resolution: Accept that conflicts will happen during the relationship in the future, and be better prepared …

Embracing Conflict – Top Dating And Relationship Tips From The Author’s Articles

Embracing Conflict – Top Dating And Relationship Tips From The Author’s Articles

Below is our interpretation of the best dating and relationship tips found in Paula Quinsee’s articles, author of Embracing Conflict: Why we should and how we can benefit which you can get at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CBT3XNS. 1. Long-distance relationships: Be aware of and prepared for its hardships before entering into one. Communication is everything, especially for building …

Straight from a Horse’s Mouth – Top Relationship Tips From The Author’s Blog

Straight from a Horse’s Mouth – Top Relationship Tips From The Author’s Blog

Below is our interpretation of the best relationship tips found in the blog post series “Lessons from Jove” by Jana Kellam (Jove is a late horse and friend), author of Straight from a Horse’s Mouth: Relationship Secrets that Take Your Love Life from Meh to Magical which you can get at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZZ8MNG. 1. True love …

Relationship Expert Dr. Paulette Sherman – Top Dating Tips From Her Blog

Relationship Expert Dr. Paulette Sherman – Top Dating Tips From Her Blog

Below is our interpretation of the best dating tips found on the blog of Dr. Paulette Sherman, author of several relationship books and many more on other topics – see them at https://www.amazon.com/Paulette-Kouffman-Sherman/e/B001JRUK30. 1. Ways to meet other singles: The online route (dating websites, social media, etc.) opens lots of options for low cost/risk/effort and …

Dating Again with Courage and Confidence – Top Post-Breakup Tips From The Book

Dating Again with Courage and Confidence – Top Post-Breakup Tips From The Book

Below is our interpretation of the best post-breakup tips found in the book Dating Again with Courage and Confidence: The Five-Step Plan to Revitalize Your Love Life After Heartbreak, Breakup, Or Divorce by Fran Greene which you can get at https://www.amazon.com/Dating-Again-Courage-Confidence-Revitalize/dp/1592337600. 1. Take consolation in the fact that a breakup is not a tragedy in …

LOVE Beyond Your Dreams – Top Relationship Tips From The Author’s Blog

LOVE Beyond Your Dreams – Top Relationship Tips From The Author’s Blog

Below is our interpretation of the best relationship tips we found on the blog of Riana Milne, author of LOVE Beyond Your Dreams – Break Free of Toxic Relationships to Have the Love You Deserve! which you can get at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JXMDBHA. 1. Sibling rivalry: Avoid confrontation during family holidays and special occasions (and if you …

10 Things We Learned From The Book Loving Bravely

10 Things We Learned From The Book Loving Bravely

Below are 10 things we learned from reading Loving Bravely: Twenty Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want by Alexandra H. Solomon PhD which you can get at: https://www.amazon.com/Loving-Bravely-Twenty-Lessons-Self-Discovery/dp/1626255814 https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/loving-bravely-alexandra-h-solomon/1124807870 https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781626255814 1. Your earliest experiences with relationships you observed and had with other people in childhood reflects and affects the way …