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Decolonizing Therapy: A Personal Journey Towards Ethical Practice and Humanistic Capitalism

In the realm of therapy, we are often tasked with navigating the complex intersections of power, privilege, and economic systems. As therapists, we strive to create safe spaces for healing, growth, and self-discovery. However, we must also confront the broader systems that shape our field, including the legacies of colonization and the realities of capitalism. Read more

Making Requests Using Non-Violent Communication (NVC)

Live True Counseling therapist, Julie Osburne, Professional Counselor Associate, discusses making requests using Non-Violent Communication (NVC). In this video , Julie shares how when it comes to making requests about our needs, it is important to be specific, actionable, and reasonable. To hear more, check out Julie’s video below and let us know what you think.

Authentic Connections: Building Meaningful Relationships through Empathy and Understanding

Hello to our Live True Counseling community!

Today, we’d like to explore a topic that’s at the heart of our work and our values – the power of authentic connections. In our journey of self-discovery and personal growth, the relationships we form with others play a crucial role. These connections, built on empathy and understanding, can enrich our lives in countless ways. Read more

What is an Existential-Humanist Therapist?

What is an Existential-Humanist Therapist?

Therapists have many orientations to the space of therapy. Some take a more medical-approach, like symptom-reduction, or looking at things from a mental-illness/mental-health model, and may have specific training in how to diagnose, support with medication-management, etc. Some therapists take a behavioral approach, and look at the work from a place of behavioral modification–offering concrete, solution-oriented support in facilitating measurable change. Some therapists utilize creative tasks and interventions as ways to deepen, or access less conscious, more emotional parts of one’s person. All therapeutic modalities have value. All approaches are suited best to certain people’s needs. And given all that is out there, finding what works best for you, and knowing what to look for, can feel confusing! Read more

On The Theme of Vulnerability in Counseling

On The Theme of Vulnerability in Counseling

I am a year and a half into practicing as a therapist, and just month’s into a Master’s degree, but I’m no stranger to therapy from the other side of the room. My father died when I was six, and I’ve spent my life leaning into the supportive space of therapists, each one offering something unique. One played chess with me as we talked about death at eight years old. Another gave me the gift of letting me spill the contents of my over-crowded mind at sixteen. Another, at nineteen, at the end of each session, would gently and sweetly ask what I’d like to leave behind for her to hold. Now, I feel such regard for my therapist, she is like an auntie–a person I can rely on to imbue such trust in me, I cannot help but learn more for myself. Read more

Working from home during a Pandemic

The last few months (feels like years) have been a series of constant changes in how we do pretty much everything. The biggest change for many is the new task of working completely from home during a pandemic. If you are like me, you never really planned to work from home ever! Being a therapist in-person work is what I have always wanted to do. I’ve spent many hours setting my office up to create the therapeutic space I feel is the most conducive to healing. But now, I’m lucky if I get to go into my office once a month, and I haven’t seen a client face to face in over two months.

My work/life balance has been blurred, with my boundaries needing to constantly change. Job stress is at an all-time high for most of my clients, and if I’m being honest was for me at first as well. So, how do we cope with working from home during a pandemic? Here are 10 tips to help.

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Job Stress During a Pandemic

If you’ve ever had a job, you’ve likely encountered some kind of job stress. Most of us aren’t in a position to choose our co-workers, our managers, or the leadership of our organization. Sometimes we don’t like projects or tasks we’re given to do. We can feel overqualified or underqualified – or that we’re just in the wrong job. Sometimes we find ourselves with a co-worker who isn’t pulling their weight or is unpleasant or uncooperative. We can feel unsupported by our manager, who may not truly understand what we have to offer or whom we may feel is underqualified for their job. Company leaders can make decisions that seem outright wrong to us, that go against our values, or that seem to elevate only them.

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Changing Careers in a Pandemic

There are many reasons people decide to change careers: boredom, burnout, having a career that wasn’t the right fit in the first place, the desire to try something new. . . Changing careers is far more acceptable today than it was even 10 years ago. It used to be that a career change on a resumé would prompt a hiring manager to raise an eyebrow, suspicious of the reasons behind the change. Now, career changes are so commonplace that they’re almost expected. One article I found suggested that folks change careers an average of 5-7 times in their working lifetime!

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Insights from Our Judgments of Others

Live True Counseling therapist, Julie Osburne, Professional Counselor Associate, discusses how we can gain helpful insights …

Decolonizing Therapy: A Personal Journey Towards Ethical Practice and Humanistic Capitalism

In the realm of therapy, we are often tasked with navigating the complex intersections of power, privilege, and economic …

Making Requests Using Non-Violent Communication (NVC)

Live True Counseling therapist, Julie Osburne, Professional Counselor Associate, discusses making requests using Non-Violent …