Interview With Charles Bauman, LMFT

Interview With Charles Bauman, LMFT

What could be the reason that a woman finds everything about her husband or boyfriend annoying and irritating, and what should be done about it? In 95% of the couples and families in my clinical practice (and my own family), the household is governed by a “female-centric” system. Unfortunately, the women’s movement has not had …

Interview With Anita Avedian, LMFT, CAMS-IV

Interview With Anita Avedian, LMFT, CAMS-IV

Bio www.AvedianCounselingCenter.comAnita Avedian, LMFT, CAMS-IV Anita Avedian, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (License # LMFT 38403), and Certified Anger Management Specialist IV, has been practicing psychotherapy since 1996. She is the Executive Director of Avedian Counseling Center (ACC), which is a boutique psychotherapy practice in the Greater Los Angeles area specializing in relationship issues; self-esteem; …

Interview With Kristiana Benson, LMFT

Interview With Kristiana Benson, LMFT

Bio Kristiana Benson, LMFT Kristiana Benson Counseling, LLC www.kristianabensoncounseling.com I have been practicing marriage and family therapy for the past 16 years. I opened up my own private practice in November 2021 in Sioux Falls, SD after practicing for 15 years with a group agency. I received my BA in Social Work from the University …

Interview With Cameron Murphey, LMFT

Interview With Cameron Murphey, LMFT

Bio Cameron Murphey LMFT helps adults struggling with relationship anxiety and ROCD learn to live more courageously and have great relationships. He runs a private therapy practice in Oakland, CA, and works with clients online throughout the state of California. He works closely with his wife, who also works as a therapist. Cameron is creating …

Interview With Janet Lee Whitney, MA, LMFT

Interview With Janet Lee Whitney, MA, LMFT

Bio Janet Lee Whitney, MA, LMFT has been a licensed psychotherapist, since 1982. She is the author of the book and program entitled Facing Your Fears and Following Your Dreams. Her specialties include, improving relationships, treating anxiety and depression, treating eating disorders and sexual addiction, helping families with troubled youth and teens, providing vocational guidance, …

Interview With Libby Supan, MA, LMFT

Interview With Libby Supan, MA, LMFT

Bio I’m Libby Supan I’m a therapist. I also know what it’s like to have an eating disorder. I used to wake up daily hating my body and knowing that I was destroying it. I know the obsession with counting calories, eating too much, not eating enough, etc. I know the “crazy”! At 30 years …

Interview With Lyndsey Murray, MS, LPC, CST

Interview With Lyndsey Murray, MS, LPC, CST

Bio No matter what job I have, I’ve always seen clients for therapy through it all. When I reflect on the sex education I received in school, I have nothing significant to say about it, and I’d imagine many others don’t either. By combining my fascination for relationship dynamics, my STRONG belief that couples can …

Interview With Maria DeRubeis, MSW, RSW

Interview With Maria DeRubeis, MSW, RSW

Bio Maria received her Bachelor of Social Work degree in June 1985 from the University of Windsor; she returned to school in 2002 and obtained her Masters of Social Work degree in 2004. Maria also has a certificate in Couples Counselling from the Toronto School of Social Work. She is a 7 Principles Gottman Educator. …

Interview With Delee D’Arcy, LPC, LMFT

Interview With Delee D’Arcy, LPC, LMFT

Bio I am a Certified Clini-Coach® known as “The CommuniCoach”. With 30 years therapy experience, I help men turn fails into success, shouts into laughter and distance into connection. Who has time for all that anger? It’s not surprising if you’re feel both stuck AND fast-pedaling deeper on a work/life burnout cycle. Your boss wants …

Interview With Jonathan Herrick, LCSW

Interview With Jonathan Herrick, LCSW

Bio Jonathan Herrick, LCSW received his masters from NYU’s School of Social Work and trained with many of the leading psychotherapists and spiritual masters around the world. For thirty-five years he has enjoyed a private practice in NYC, then San Francisco and now San Luis Obispo. Together, Jonathan and his wife Bobby Carroll coach couples …

Interview With Linda Charnes, LMFT

Interview With Linda Charnes, LMFT

Bio Linda Charnes LMFT 1619 Third Avenue Suite 3 New York, N.Y. 10128 212-772-1695 License #000323 NPI #1609082551 Tax ID 156502842 [email protected] www.lindacharnes.com What are some examples of boundaries (physical and otherwise) in a romantic relationship? The very premise of a romantic relationship is safety. When we connect with anyone in a relationship of any …

Interview With Della Mullins, LCPC

Interview With Della Mullins, LCPC

Bio I am a single Licensed Clinical Professional residing in New York City. I through the years always enjoyed helping others and trying to make a difference in others lives. For years I worked for Companies in the Human Service field. Assisting populations of the Homeless, Underserved, Domestic Violence etc. I offered my services for …

Interview With Peggy Yoder, M.A., LMFT Associate

Interview With Peggy Yoder, M.A., LMFT Associate

Should a woman ignore a boyfriend who is ignoring her or are there other ways to handle the situation? When a boyfriend is ignoring his girlfriend, it’s likely one of two scenarios. The first scenario is that he has withdrawn temporarily to work something out in his head or cope with some frustration in the …

Interview With Mario Palacios, M.A. LMFT

Interview With Mario Palacios, M.A. LMFT

Bio My name is Mario Palacios. Before becoming a therapist, I was in Special Education in a school setting in California for five years. I was interested in helping special needs students more deeply than what was possible in a school setting and decided to hit the books again. I enrolled in a graduate program …

Interview With Relationship Coach Johnie Hinson

Interview With Relationship Coach Johnie Hinson

Bio www.johniehinson.comJohnie HinsonJohnie Hinson MinistriesYorktown, VA757-778-7989 What advice do you have on giving space in a relationship after a fight? I would be very careful about giving too much space after a fight because unresolved issues can quickly fester into major problems. Somebody needs to apologize quickly, because in marriage there are NO winners or …

Interview With Linda Bloom, L.C.S.W.

Interview With Linda Bloom, L.C.S.W.

Bio Linda Bloom, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist and marriage counselor who teaches relationship workshops. She is the co-author of four books including the best-selling 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married (over 100,000 copies sold). She is a regular teacher at Esalen institute and Kriaplu, with over 600 blogs on Psychology Today …

Interview With Rebecca Schiltz, LMFT

Interview With Rebecca Schiltz, LMFT

Bio Rebecca Schiltz, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington state for over 15 years with a particular focus on relationship health both in terms of relationship with others and relationship to self. What should a woman do about a boyfriend who won’t let her break up with him? You never need anybody’s permission to …

Interview With Clinical Psychologist Gaby Balsells

Interview With Clinical Psychologist Gaby Balsells

Bio Gaby Balsells is a Couples Therapist and Dating & Relationship Coach, living in Connecticut. She guides millennials to build happy, thriving and long lasting relationships. With a focus on emotional healing, she uses a relational approach to help clients cultivate a fulfilling connection with themselves and their partner. What should a woman do when …

Interview With Mark Beck, LPC, LMHC

Interview With Mark Beck, LPC, LMHC

Bio Mark Beck, LPC, LMHCPairs Care Counseling, LLCwww.PairsCare.com434-841-0538 I have been an ordained minister since 1983 and have pastored churches in Virginia and North Carolina. In the 1990’s, I transitioned to the counseling field and been a licensed professional counselor since 2001. I maintained a private counseling practice in Virginia until my wife, Debbie and …

Interview With Jeff Murrah, LPC, LMFT, LCDC

Interview With Jeff Murrah, LPC, LMFT, LCDC

Bio My mission, as a therapist at ‘Survive Your Partner’s Affair’ and ‘Restore The Family’, is helping you recover from the pain of an affair. I am committed to helping both partners in such cases heal their wounds so that you can move on together; this conviction stems from years working with couples who have …

Interview With Rochelle Schwartz, LPC, MA, QMHP

Interview With Rochelle Schwartz, LPC, MA, QMHP

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I decided to become a therapist in high school after hearing that I was a great listener and advice giver, and realizing I loved being that for friends. I attended college and received a BA in psychology, and continued on to get an MA in Counseling. I …

Interview With Samantha Dareff, LCSW

Interview With Samantha Dareff, LCSW

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I majored in womens studies in college and began to do a lot of public advocacy work around gender equality but soon realized I wanted to help people on a more direct and interpersonal level. I traveled to India to volunteer at a womens short stay home, …

Interview With Psychotherapist Rachel Buchan

Interview With Psychotherapist Rachel Buchan

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I was interested in people. This began as an interest in Theology and Anthropology, but whittled down to an interest in therapy — In the personal and subjective experiences an individual has rather than looking at those experiences on a larger scale or a group level. As …

Interview With Mari Grande, LCSW-R, LCAT

Interview With Mari Grande, LCSW-R, LCAT

How and/or why did you become a therapist? My background is in the Arts. My initial professional intention was healing through the use of art, teaching and leading groups. I still love that, but find a lot of richness and reward working with individuals and families in a more intimate setting. Before becoming a therapist, …

Interview With Lisa Angelini, MAPC, LPC

Interview With Lisa Angelini, MAPC, LPC

How and/or why did you become a therapist? During my work as a spiritual counselor and transformational life coach, I would often receive referrals from other coaches whose clients were not sustaining their gains. Most times, there were unresolved childhood issues wreaking havoc in their relationships. The problems in their relationships would then impact every …

Interview With Simone Ayers MBACP

Interview With Simone Ayers MBACP

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I was working in an office in Central London when I first began training. It had often been suggested to me that I would make a good counsellor and I wanted to learn some new skills so I enrolled on an introductory course to see what it …

An Illness By Any Other Name

An Illness By Any Other Name

What does it mean to be ill? And who gets to decide which illnesses are worthy of being researched, treated, discussed, and valid? Physical illness and mental illness are not treated equally. As a society, we are slowly making it ok to talk about mental illness, but the stigma is still there. Our culture has …

Interview With Psychotherapist Emily Rooney

Interview With Psychotherapist Emily Rooney

How and/or why did you become a therapist? My reason for becoming a Therapist was due to having a confusing childhood. I really wanted and needed to understand myself and other people, the way we think, feel and behave. My own personal issues led me to seek counselling in my teens, and Counselling training followed …

Interview With Psychotherapist Paul Jozsef

Interview With Psychotherapist Paul Jozsef

How and/or why did you become a therapist? My decision to become a therapist was largely informed by having had my own therapy at various points in my life; I felt that I wanted to give back/pay it forward in some form. Further, if I am to be honest, my decision to become a therapist …

Interview With Psychotherapist Naelah Khan

Interview With Psychotherapist Naelah Khan

Naelah has been practicing as an Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor for individuals and couples for over eighteen years. She has worked in private practice for over nine years alongside working as a specialist individual therapist and group facilitator to survivors of trauma for the past fourteen years. She previously worked in the NHS as a …

Interview With Montreal Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Nicolina Ratto, MA, PhD, CCC

Interview With Montreal Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Nicolina Ratto, MA, PhD, CCC

“I help heal the relationships people have with themselves, with close others, and with the world.” How and/or why did you become a therapist? My earliest memories are about helping people who suffered, were misunderstood or mistreated. As a shy and sensitive child, I had an innate ability to understand people’s emotions leading me to …

Interview With Psychotherapist Nigel Moyse

Interview With Psychotherapist Nigel Moyse

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I paid a lot of money to a careers advisory firm in London in the 1990s. When they suggested “counsellor” I was surprised and didn’t accept this as a possible career for several years, but after ten years experience I’m completely sold on the idea! What are …

Interview With Dr. Melissa Schacter

Interview With Dr. Melissa Schacter

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I was always interested in people and subsequently their behavior. Being a therapist, therefore, seemed like a natural fit for me. What are the most rewarding aspects of being a therapist? It’s most rewarding when a client, couple, or family feels as though they have acquired the …

Interview With Anthony Costello LMFT

Interview With Anthony Costello LMFT

How and/or why did you become a therapist? Becoming a psychotherapist was not a career I originally saw myself pursuing. It took life experiences, a desire for a fulfilling occupation, and an earnest determination to help others for me to end up where I am today. I spent 7 years in a corporate role and …

Interview With Psychotherapist Natalie Moore

Interview With Psychotherapist Natalie Moore

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I’ve known that I wanted to serve in a helping professions role as far back as I can remember. When I took an AP psychology class in high school that was it for me! I knew I would become a psychotherapist. In my studies and work with families, I was a …

Interview With Morgan Barber, LCSW

Interview With Morgan Barber, LCSW

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I became a therapist by getting the necessary education required in order to be hirable as a therapist. Then I worked as one for awhile, while working on becoming licensed. Became licensed and started to work exclusively as a psychotherapist and as a couples counselor. Why? Well..15 …

Interview With Psychotherapist Gaea Woods

Interview With Psychotherapist Gaea Woods

What are the most rewarding aspects of being a therapist? It’s therapy’s dirty little secret that doing this work is extremely rewarding for therapists and clients alike. I identify with the concept of the wounded healer archetype coined by Carl Jung. To paraphrase, maintaining awareness of your own personal wounds while acting in service of …

Interview With Yaji Tramontini, MA, MFT

Interview With Yaji Tramontini, MA, MFT

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I knew I wanted to be a therapist at a very young age. I was born into quite a bit of turmoil and thanks to my school therapists I was given a chance to overcome the obstacles that life gave me. I wanted to give back the …

Interview With Nancy Harris, LCSW

Interview With Nancy Harris, LCSW

How and/or why did you become a therapist? Becoming a therapist was a natural progression for me in terms of a life-long curiosity about people and what makes us tick. Even as a young child, I was always trying to figure out what was really going on with people beneath the surface. I was a …

Interview With Lisa Bahar, MA, CCJP, LMFT, LPCC

Interview With Lisa Bahar, MA, CCJP, LMFT, LPCC

Lisa Bahar is a licensed marriage and family therapist, professional clinical counselor and certified drug and alcohol counselor. She works with individuals, couples and families and specializes in personality disorders, mood disorders and substance abuse treatment. Lisa specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) an intervention skill set that helps client regulate emotions, learn how to …

Interview With Deborah B. Knoll, LCSW

Interview With Deborah B. Knoll, LCSW

How and/or why did you become a therapist? My parents say that I have always been listening to people – from my friends when i was young to the elderly in a nursing home when i was in high school to parents when i was teaching parenting classes in my 20’s. So, they were not …

Interview With Psychotherapist Francesca Glenn

Interview With Psychotherapist Francesca Glenn

How and/or why did you become a therapist? I felt most alive and connected when I could help others make sense of their fears and longings. In my growing up years, the well of my own unmet needs drove me to try and make things more bearable for everyone. What are the most rewarding aspects …

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 …