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The Modern Therapist's Survival Guide with Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy

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The Modern Therapist’s Survival Guide: Where Therapists Live, Breathe, and Practice as Human Beings 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,Read more

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Dec 6 • 35:19
When Clients Have to Manage Their Therapists

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Nov 29 • 33:42
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Nov 22 • 53:27
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Nov 15 • 34:02
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Conspiracy Theories in Your Office

Nov 8 • 36:00
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Therapists Shaming Therapists

Nov 1 • 40:36
Therapists Shaming Therapists

An interview with Katie Read about therapists shaming each other when they raise their fees or start playing bigger. Curt and Katie talk with Katie about the puritanical culture within the therapist community that leads to group think, public shaming, and milquetoast messaging to mitigate their fear that anything different will be attacked. We...

Advocacy in the Wake of Looming Mental Healthcare Workforce Shortages

Oct 25 • 33:11
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Waiving Goodbye to Telehealth Progress

Oct 18 • 37:38
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An interview with Dr. Ben Caldwell, LMFT about the impacts of rolling back the covid telehealth waivers. Curt and Katie talk with Ben about how the expiration of emergency orders will impact the profession. As a case study, we talk through how the California professional boards and associations are navigating these challenges, includi...

Reimagining Therapy Reimagined

Oct 11 • 25:59

Curt and Katie chat about their decision to step back from the Therapy Reimagined Conference and what they will be focusing their energy on moving forward. We explore how we came to this decision and the importance of examining what is working in your business practice. We also talk about how other Modern Therapists can get involved in the Therapy Reimagined movement....

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