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Napping under big-ass, useless trees, or: Expounding on the "Usefulness of the Useless"....

For me, one of the hardest parts of being a therapist is knowing that pretty much anyone can be their own therapist. This isn't like being a doctor, or an architect, or even a chef. Those professions take years and years of training. Not anybody can be those things.

Anybody can be a therapist, though. You, the reader, you can be your own therapist. All it takes is some understanding of basic human psychology and the courage/ability to have some blunt-force honesty with yourself.

That's it.

Of course, attaining those two attributes--understanding of basic psychology and blunt-forced self-honesty--is more difficult than I often acknowledge, but it doesn't change the fact that sometimes I feel as though my profession is useless.

A lot of these kinds of feelings probably stem from the fact that, as I've written about before, I've spent my professional life working almost exclusively with clients who are of the "mandated" variety. Most of my clients have had …

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