Episode 131: Disclosure & Authenticity = Therapeutic Rapport and Safety [featuring Sandtrice Russell]

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In this episode, we’re not just talking the talk; we’re taking a deep dive into personal struggles both therapists and clients face, challenging the stigma around seeking mental health care and embracing our vulnerabilities.

I talk with Sandtrice Russell as she opens up about the need for safe spaces and advocacy, particularly for the BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ communities.

3 key themes:

  1. Vulnerability as a Bridge: Therapists’ self-disclosure and openness about personal struggles can build rapport and trust, making it easier for clients to open up and be vulnerable in turn.
  2. Authenticity in Practice: Showcasing your true values and creating an accepting space for clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTQIA2+, Neurodivergent, and BIPOC individuals, is not just good practice—it’s essential for safety and relatability.
  3. The Human Connection: Therapy is more than a checklist; it’s about actual authentic human connection and openness to change. We must prioritize the rapport and right fit in the therapist-client relationship.

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