Episode 166: What Is Therapy?

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In this episode of our addiction and recovery podcast, Thanks for Sharing, Jackie Pack talks about the therapy process. It’s not an uncommon  for clients to ask questions or be confused about what to expect as they start therapy. Therapy can feel abstract. Often clients aren’t sure of what they are supposed to do, what they should feel like and what outcome they should expect. Sometimes, it can be hard for therapists to explain what therapy is. In this episode, Jackie tries to tackle all these tough questions.

TRANSCRIPT: What Is Therapy?

Hi everyone, welcome to Thanks for Sharing. I’m your host, Jackie Pack. Today’s episode is entitled “What is Therapy?” and I decided to do this particular episode after I noticed that I’ve been having a lot of different version of that conversation, “What is therapy?” in different circumstances, with different people. Sometimes I’ve been having them lately just with several clients as they’re in the process of therapy, they’re already on this journey, but they look up for one reason or another on this journey and say, “Wait a minute. What am I doing? What is this about? Am I doing it right? Am I doing it wrong?” And so we have the conversation, like “What is therapy?” Now I also supervise therapists who are in the process of becoming CSATs, so for a therapist in the process of becoming a CSAT and getting their CSAT certification, one of the requirements is that they complete a minimum of 30 hours of supervision with an approved CSAT supervisor, and I am an approved CSAT supervisor, so I get to talk to therapists all over the country who are in that process and seeking that certification. Sometimes we talk about “What is therapy, and how do we view that in terms of sex or pornography or betrayal trauma, and how do we put all of the pieces together?”