November 1, 2018

Takeaways from the Therapy Reimagined Conference

If you weren’t able to attend the first-ever Therapy Reimagined Conference on October 5-6 in Culver City, CA, then I’m sorry to say you missed some incredible speakers. Their presentations covered a number of topics that are relevant to the modern therapist, including navigating the prelicensed years, engaging in advocacy, increasing efficacy with clients, becoming more business-saavy, avoiding burnout, practicing more authentically as a therapist, and so much more! As I listened to the various speakers (and took my turn up on the stage at one point), I marveled at how each individual was unique yet similar in certain regards. […]
August 29, 2018

When Should you Take your California Law & Ethics Exam?

Once you register as an Associate MFT, CSW, or PCC with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, you have a year to attempt the California Law and Ethics Exam for your profession. There are basically two schools of thought about when you should take that exam. One of them is wrong. If you’re in your first year as an associate, you should take the exam right now. Here are the competing views: Take it as early as possible There are three big benefits to this approach. One, your legal and ethical knowledge should still be fresh from graduate school. Two, assuming you pass, you’ll […]
July 25, 2018

Are Therapists Replaceable?

Ben Caldwell, PsyD, recently published a blog article on the shortage of therapists in California. He discussed the “supply-demand disconnect” and why it’s so difficult to meet the needs of clients across the state. Toward the end of the article, he remarked that due to this shortage, “more of our functions will be turned over to substance abuse counselors, peer counselors, and other professionals and para-professionals.” What did he mean by that? How can therapists possibly be replaced by individuals who haven’t earned a master’s degree, aren’t registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, and aren’t supervised by a qualified mental […]
May 30, 2018

Sponsored Content: Building Your Mental Health Private Practice

We know that getting into private practice can be daunting, especially if you’re in the early stages of your career as a mental health professional. Without the proper tools and guidance, the endeavor can seem incredibly challenging, if not downright impossible. This led us to sit down with Tim Geare, LMFT, and discuss what it takes to get started! Q: There’s so much to think about with private practice. Where should a therapist start? A: I am always astounded that very good Master’s programs still don’t provide more education on the business element of private practice work! Perhaps the best place to […]
May 30, 2018

Therapist Shortage, or Saturation? Depends Who (And How) You Ask

California suffers from a severe and worsening mental health workforce shortage. In fact, much of the US is in the same boat. There simply aren’t enough qualified mental health professionals to meet our country’s needs. At the same time, therapists in private practice often complain about their local markets being saturated. There are so many therapists in some places, it seems, that it’s hard to get a career off the ground. As it turns out, there’s truth to both of these perspectives. Where we’re needed isn’t where we want to be As some bar-napkin math at my blog showed a […]
April 11, 2018

“I’m Just an MFT Student” (Part 1 of 3)

Language fascinates me. As therapists, we use language to reframe situations, craft metaphors, and ultimately instill feelings of hope. We recognize how powerful this tool is, so we carefully select our words when in sessions with clients. If only we did the same outside of sessions. I love speaking with associates, trainees, and students at various events and settings. I’ve heard about the highs and lows of the journey to licensure, the successes and struggles, the hopeful and (seemingly) hopeless situations. One of the statements that always gets to me is “I’m just a(n) ___” (student, trainee, associate). “Just.” As […]