All Things Private Practice Podcast for Therapists

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

Show Notes

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.

Note from Sandtrice:

I’ve been in the helping profession since 2004. I've been working in my respective field for over 18 years. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of West Georgia in 2004 and later obtained my Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health from Troy State University in 2012. I’m currently a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in the State of Georgia. Throughout my career, I’ve worked with individuals across various populations providing mental health counseling, career counseling, mentorship, and life coaching services. I have worked in a variety of settings including residential group homes, outpatient mental health, inpatient mental health, and community-based counseling. I specialize in working with clients coping with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, trauma, and individuals of the LGBT community who are seeking a safe space. I also have experience working with Veterans and Active Duty Serviceman. In addition to my role as a Licensed Mental Health professional, I’m a Motivational Speaker and Mental Health Advocate who shares mental health advice on my YouTube Channel and all Social Media Platforms under the handle Tree the LPC. I’m extremely passionate about helping and empowering others to prosper. My mission statement for my organizations Unique Destiny Inc & Unique Destiny Counseling is Empowerment through Education.


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