At Nerdy Therapy, we address mental health issues with authenticity and humor. We encourage fans to embrace their interests and incorporate their passions into the healing process of therapy. Whether you’re sitting on the couch or in the therapist’s chair, we want to give you the ability to “level up”!
Founder + Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 100070)
Self-disclosure in therapy is a popular topic of discussion among mental health professionals. Too much or too little self-disclosure on a therapist’s part can hurt the relationship they have with a client. So where does being a “nerd” fit into the equation? Is it okay for a therapist to admit they’re interested in “nerdy” things? I believe it is, under the right circumstances.
Example 1. A client references a movie villain and reveals an admiration for some of that character’s qualities, while still condemning their actions. This leads to a rich conversation about what qualities the client would like to embody in their every day life. The client feels validated by the therapist, knowing that they won’t be judged for not only admiring the villain, but admiring the “nerdy” movie the villain originated from. The therapist also benefits from a greater understanding of their client’s mindset, and the ability to apply interventions in a more authentic manner.
Example 2. A client describes a recent instance of “dissociation,” stating it felt like they were in the Matrix and nothing was real. This results in a deeper exploration of what could have “triggered” that episode, and what can be done in the future to “ground” that client in reality. The client experiences relief in knowing they have some control over this sensation, and they now have a metaphor they can use to explain what it feels like to their family and friends. The therapist also gains more insight into what’s happening for that client, and can feel more secure in knowing safety was discussed at length.
When all things “nerdy” are embraced within therapy, it’s a win-win. I invite you to join me on this humorous and educational journey into Nerdy Therapy! We just launched in June 2018, so please be sure to check back often. If you are a nerdy mental health professional and would like to join our team, please contact us!