How to Navigate through your Growing Pains as a Helping Professional

Becoming a successful helping professional would be so much easier if you were told exactly what to do to make it all work out. So often we get thrown off course by the growing pains or obstacles that are actually fairly predictable.   Here are some of the common growing pains I see at each…

How to Build Trust With Those Who Matter

As children, our initial instincts are to trust whole-heartedly, with naïve abandon. Our very survival requires that we have trustworthy caregivers to nurture us as we grow. However, over time disappointments and betrayals can build up, making us very cautious with our trust. “Do you trust me?” This isn’t a question we take lightly. So…

Business Lessons I Learned as a Theater Major

So, I usually talk about my psychology background as most of my professional career has been in that arena. It may be hard to believe, but I started at a very different spot. When I talk about how I became a therapist, I often start with the phrase: “I wanted to be a movie star…

You Have to “Network.” No Excuses!!

Why Networking is a Critical Best Practice for Helping Professionals So many people HATE networking. Especially helping professionals, in my experience. Many helping professionals think that networking is selling or passing a million cards out and hoping they get a referral. That’s just wrong. This mindset can be very short-sighted and, potentially, dangerous. It’s time…

Mentorship part 2: Wearing the shoes others would like to fill (from the archives)

Okay, so here are my thoughts on the other side of the mentorship equation: being a mentor.  As you know, I believe seeking mentors is extremely important when you are making your way up.  What about when you have made it (or at least made it part way)?  How do you give back?   Finding and supporting mentees…