Don’t Be A Lone Ranger

 
Maria Gray, LMFT, NMP

Asking for Help

As an intern, my private practice supervisor taught me how important it was to ask for help. Now that I am licensed, I schedule individual consultation sessions when I need some perspective. These sessions help me explore my counter-transference; this is not something I can do alone. Consultation can come in many forms. You might consider joining an ongoing consultation group, or maybe a “drop-in” consultation group. I am part of a small group of Brainspotting professionals that meets every other month. I also participate in EMDR case consultation. A more informal kind of consultation occurs in my suite where other clinicians are sometimes available for a brief discussion between clients.

This same advice applies to my clients. When I am working with a client, I sometimes remind that person that I am not the Lone Ranger. I encourage her to get involved in a support group, expand her social network or join a process group. (For a list of process groups go to the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles’ website www.gpala.org).

Our work is both rewarding and challenging; getting the support you need will help you to have a richer and more relaxing experience in your practice.

Maria Gray, LMFT, NMP is a psychotherapist in private practice with offices in West LA and Silver Lake. Maria specializes in trauma and addiction. To learn more about Maria’s practice see www.mariagray.net. Maria’s next marketing workshop, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Building A Profitable Private Practice But Were Afraid To Ask, is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. The workshop is suitable for licensed professionals, interns and students. To register, go to mythrivingpractice.net.