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A poem series from the eyes of a therapist

Why Do We Feel Powerlessness? | Here's the deal, clients in therapy feel a variety of things but a deeper look at what they are feeling can uncover quite a bit about their coping mechanisms, resources, and lived experiences. This post gives an insider look from the eyes of a therapist regarding a client with incredible loss. Read on...
Did You Know? Recovering From Infidelity Looks Different for Every Client | This post shares an insider look into one clients perspective of healing during recovery from the intimate partner betrayal in her marriage.
Does it Ever Feel Like No One Understands? | This post gives an insider look into a moment in therapy when a client felt unseen and unloved. Have you ever felt like the people in your life didn't value you, see you, or honor you? Take a look through the eyes of a therapist, read on...
Understanding Sexual Trauma | Trigger Warning: This post contains a story that may be sensitive or offensive to some. This post gives an inside look into how sexual trauma can be so painful and personal at the same time. See what a client experiences through the eyes of a therapist.
The Power of What Happens When You Start Sharing Your Story | Vulnerability can emerge in many ways. This blog post gives an inside look into the story of someone who risks sharing and gains power through the process. Trigger warning: This post contains a story of assault that may be sensitive or offensive to some.
Have You Ever Considered: What Role Do You Play in Your Spouses Affair? | Infidelity can be one of the most painful wounds for couples to recover from. But it's not impossible. In fact, many couples come out stronger than ever after a wound like this. This blog post shares a clip of what some couples struggle with in the healing process - forgiveness and recognizing the role each partner plays. Take a look through the eyes of a therapist!
Did You Know? Therapists Look Forward to Weekends Too! | This poem aligns therapists with the rest of the world. We are humans who look forward to the weekend, too! Take a look through the eyes of a therapist about the process of thinking and connecting with clients all week and getting a break on the weekend.
Does Anyone Want to Stay Married? | This post gives an inside look into the couples therapy process and the amount of clients that come in feeling hopeless and ready to give up on their bond. Read on...
Eight Common Emotions in Therapy | This post provides a look into the common emotions experienced in therapy, through poem form. Dig deeper into the eyes of a therapist and what eight emotions commonly surface. Plus, learn which emotion is often not as present in therapy.
Did You Know? Therapists Often Forget to Do This! | Many therapists have routines and patterns that they stick to when seeing clients. This post gives an insider look, in poem form, into something many therapists struggle to make time for in their busy day.
What Happens When Our Children Experience Our Worst Nightmare? | Trigger warning: This post contains information that may be triggering or offensive to some. This post explores, in poem form, the pain that adults and parents have in their own journey. This is the same pain they fear they children could experience. What happens when we cannot protect them and the pain happens again?
Did You Know? Feeling THIS in Therapy is Actually Normal? | Clients can feel a lot of emotions throughout the therapy process. This post gives an inside look, in poem form, into a common and normal emotion that typically emerges in therapy. Cheers!
Did You Know? Your Therapist May Have Thought THIS During Therapy! | The boundaries and ethics between therapists and clients are key. This post gives a look, through poem form, into an ethical challenge that many therapists experience when there is a strong connection with a client.
Did You Know? Clients Like to Come to Therapy on THIS Day! | This post explores, in poem form, common days clients like to come in to therapy. This post will uncover what feels special about therapy and why clients wants to come in on those particular days, cheers!
One of the Greatest Moments in Therapy | This post explores, in poem form, a celebratory moment in therapy when a client did something really incredible. Get an inside look into that process and how success in therapy feels, cheers!
Have You Ever Wondered: What Do Therapists Actually Do in a Therapy Session? | This post explores, in poem form, the intricacies of therapy and what being a therapist is like. The post details several examples of how a therapist works in a session. Cheers!
Have You Ever Explored Relational Healing in Therapy? | This post uncovers, in poem form, the healing journey that can happen when someone addresses their trauma, pain, and childhood wounds and learns to trust their partner. See how one person can heal and love all at once.
Despite THIS Anyone Can Feel Alone | This blog considers, in poem form, the type of people that come to therapy and the common link many of them share - loss of connection. Dig deeper into understanding what all humans long form and the importance of getting it despite THIS.
Have You Ever Wondered What Happens When You Finish Therapy? | This post considers, in poem form, what success looks like in the therapeutic process. It will show you how a motivated clients works through therapy and what happens when progress is complete. Cheers!
Did You Know? Women Have Affairs and Come to Therapy, Too! | This post explores, in poem form, a common stereotype in the mental health world - that women don't cheat. Some women do not understand how their broken marriage, unmet needs, and loss of self link to emotional and physical affairs. This blog post digs deeper into those patterns, read on...
Did You Know? In Therapy A lot of Clients Talk About Similar Experiences | This post explores, in poem form, how clients often come to therapy and talk about similar traumas or wounds, particularly during times of cultural movement. Take a look from the eyes of a therapist into a common and disheartening experience many women have.
Have You Ever Wondered What a Healthy Couples Looks Like in Therapy? | This post explores, in poem form, what a healthy couple looks like in therapy. Through the eyes of a therapist you'll uncover how couples act and respond in therapy, a true glimpse into authentic relationship love. Read on...
Did You Know? Therapists Get Triggered, Too! | This post considers, in poem form, what happens when a therapist looks in the mirror with a client and sees some of their own pain. This process is caused transference and therapists are taught how to manage their own reactions and experiences to their triggers. Learn more...
Did You Know? Sometimes Clients Do This in Therapy and it Really Means A lot! | This post explores, in poem form, something positive clients do in therapy that really can mean a lot to a therapist - giving feedback! Dive deeper into how that feedback can be useful for therapy and impact the therapist. I’ve had the joy of receiving positive feedback from several clients and today I share how those words swirl around in my head. Cheers!
Did You Know? Feeling Confused in Therapy is Normal | This blog examines, in poem form, the confusion and identity journey many clients experience.
Don't Do THIS in Couples Therapy | Sometimes couples therapy gets intense. It's hard, it's confusing, and many couples have a long way to go in their growth. Want to learn more about what to do and not to do in couples therapy? Read on...
THIS Caused my Most Stressful Day as a Therapist Ever | Curious what causes a therapist to stress? Or, what is difficult for a therapist to manage? This post offers a snapshot of what's stressful during therapy, read on!
What Feelings Are Most Common in Therapy? | Curious what clients feel when they come to therapy?
The Lasting Impact of Our Spouses Words | Have you ever felt frustrated or hurt from what your spouse has said? Do they regularly show anger toward you? Do you feel verbally abused by them? You are not alone. This poem targets the wounds some couples hear every day.
Did You Know That THIS is Actually Common in Therapy? | This poem shares a highly common experience in therapy. Whether you are attending therapy as an individual or couple, your mental health is precious, know that this pattern is common.
What Does Your Therapist Actually Think? | In that chair is a poem series by Dr. Kendra A. O'Hora, a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist. This expressive writing in the form of poetry gives clients, couples, and the world inside access into the mind of a therapist - what they see and how they are impacted every day. Curious to know what your therapist actually think? Read on, cheers!

In that Chair

How To Start the Conversation of Addiction | In this post, Addictions expert Mike Gillis walks us through the THREE most common conversations to have with a loved one fighting addiction. He shares why conversations early and often are the best way to keep conversations open and judgement free. Read on for more tips and suggestions for next steps!

by Mike Gillis, LCSW-C Thanks for coming back! If you have missed any of the previous three blogs, do yourself a favor and go back and start from the beginning. For this fourth, and final blog of this series, we are going to wrap things up with talking about how to start the conversation about […]

Addiction

December 28, 2020

The Secret Struggle of Addiction in the Family: How to Start the Conversation

by Mike Gillis, LCSW-C When planning this blog series I was going to talk about the possible signs that a loved one may be using substances or having a difficult time controlling their use. If I’m being honest, that topic seemed to miss the mark for me.  There are a ton of reasons that drug […]

Addiction

December 22, 2020

The Secret Struggle of Addiction in the Family: Signs of Use

by Mike Gillis, LCSW-C Welcome back! This week we are going to be discussing some of the factors that have been shown to put adolescents and young adults at risk for drug and alcohol abuse as well as things that you, the family, can do to protect against those risks. If you missed my last […]

Addiction

December 14, 2020

The Secret Struggle of Addiction in the Family: Risk and Protective Factors

The Secret Struggle of Addiction in the Family | Have you watched someone struggle with drug or alcohol abuse? Have you experienced their lies, manipulations, or loss of self? Addiction can wreak havoc on family systems and we often think "I'm not the one who needs help." What if you are? This blog touches on the importance of treatment in all levels of the family. Read on...

by Mike Gillis, LCSW-C One of the things I noticed in my years in the field of addiction was the need for families to have support when loved ones are struggling with drug or alcohol abuse and addiction. Sure, most addiction treatment programs have a family component, but what about the months or years leading […]

Addiction, Growth

December 7, 2020

The Secret Struggle of Addiction in the Family

How to Break Your Technology Dependence | Do you scroll aimlessly through social media? Are you constantly on Instagram? Struggling to break free from your technology addiction? Check out this post to learn how to break your technology dependence, cheers!

What if you didn’t have access to your phone all day?

Boundaries, Quick Tips, Self-care

June 14, 2018

How to Break Your Technology Dependence