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 a social worker in Boston and I called him. After speaking with him I decided that social work was more my thing. I was accepted to a few schools of Social Work and went to Dayton for my BSW and later Columbia for my MSW.
What are the most rewarding aspects of being a therapist?
The most rewarding thing about being a therapist is to see the growth in people. Most people need someone to sell them on themselves and to notice the strengths they have. The excitement I see from them as they begin to acknowledge this is the most rewarding aspect. I see people in person and on teletherapy.
What’s unique or special in your background or approach to interpersonal relationships?
My background is a combination of Social Work and Sales. The two go hand in hand. A successful salesman listens intently and empathetically as well as a therapist. My background is very eclectic with clients of all ages, genders, religions… And I have worked in both mental health and chemical dependency. I have been a therapist in these settings as well as a Director.I am mow a private practitioner and consultant.
What are your favorite or most interesting interpersonal relationship tips/advice?
My big tip is that a therapeutic relationship is a partnership. We develop a bond to work on common goals to help the individual/couple/family
What are some things about therapy that you want to increase public awareness about?
Therapy is a mode for helping yourself. It is a tool, at one’s disposal, to implement for one’s growth.
What are some of the biggest mistakes a therapist or patient can make?
The biggest mistake that therapists and patient’s make is stopping therapy too early or waiting too long to stop. Though there are those who benefit from always having a therapist, the majority of people can fly on their own after awhile. That timing is a mutual conversation between the therapist and the client.
You can learn more about Michael Raskind at www.mraskindlcsw.com.