Some Concepts We Teach

In working with licensed and pre-licensed therapists over the last 32 years, we have noticed that most therapists want to explore conceptual answers about therapy, clinical answers about how to do therapy, and practical answers about how to deal with therapeutic situations in which they find themselves. They also want to gain perspective regarding how to be with their clients while staying in harmony with themselves as they invite their clients to heal.

In our training program we help you discover concepts that work for you. We explore techniques and procedures for clinical work, practice down-to-earth techniques while in sessions with clients, and help you find internal harmony while you work with your clients.

We offer opportunities to gain understanding, develop skills, and be in well-being. Here is a partial list of the concepts dealt with in the mirror training:

– How to stay out of my own resistance while working with my client’s resistance.
– How to work with the system without becoming part of it.
– What to do when my countertransference issues arrive.
– My job as a therapist.
– How therapy works.
– How to set the tone for my sessions.
– How to join the client.
– How to tell my truth to the client.
– How to create a safe working environment for my client.
– How to get my clients to trust me and what to do if I do not trust my clients.
– What to do when I don’t know what to do.
– My limits around drug use, etc.
– What to do when the client does not agree with me, or does not want to do what I suggest.
– How to do case consultations, treatment plans, and case notes.
– How to set and enforce my limits.
– How to know which issue to work with.
– How to get to the issues I guess are important.
– What to do when I get lost and don’t know what to do next.
– How to handle no-shows, cancellations, non-payments, and broken contracts.
– How to handle confidentiality, and dangerousness.
– How to work therapeutically with resistance, anger, sadness, or trauma.
– Techniques to use to deepen, expand, resolve, complete, and heal.
– How to decide whether to work in body, mind, or spirit with the client.
– What mediums do I want to use.
– The counseling theories within in which I work best.
– How to decide how to work with a particular presenting issue.
– How to connect to myself.
– How to transcend myself and stay connected to my client.
– How I view resistance or dishonesty.
– How to stay mindful under pressure.
– How to get beyond the needs of my client.
– How to know when the work is completed.
– How to know when to terminate therapy.