I have treated many therapists in my practice. Some are early in their careers and still completing their internship hours, and some are more established in the field looking to gain further depth, insight, and self-understanding.
While many therapists can shy away from treating other therapists, I tend to be more comfortable working with other therapists. I strongly believe in the necessity of a therapist being in their own process of self-reflection and self-understanding — gaining awareness of their relational dynamics, life and emotional patterns, etc. This is obviously important for life in general, but is also significantly important for working as therapists in their own practices.
What’s helped me be an effective therapist to work with other therapists is that I tend towards facilitating reflective depth, being more direct with the various dynamics that come up in the treatment, and aim to bring attention to areas that consciously and unconsciously challenge the frame of the therapy. I have been told by therapists I’ve treated that our work has strengthened not only areas of their personal lives, but also has improved how they work in their own practices.