Dr. Marshall Knudson is a licensed psychologist who directed the Alachua County Crisis Center in Gainesville, FL for 35 years. He was also my supervisor and mentor for seven years, and perhaps the person who has most influenced growth as a therapist and a person. We talk about empathy vs. judgment in the counseling process, training vs. practice, and the “unnatural” aspects of being a counselor.
If I had to list the five people who have positively impacted me the most, psychologist Marshall Knudson would be on that list. I interviewed Marshall in his private practice office, when I was still figuring out how to capture decent audio quality. I hope that you find, as I do, that what he shared outweighs any sound quality issues that may be apparent to keen ears.
Follow these links for further reading on topics we discussed.
- Marshall mentions humanism. Some of my favorite writings on humanism in the counseling field are by Dr. James T. Hansen. His latest book, Meaning systems and mental health culture: Critical perspectives on contemporary counseling and psychotherapy, is an excellent read.
- We talk about Carl Rogers and Rogerian or “person-centered” therapy.
- I mention a study on therapist happiness that I first learned about here.
- Here’s a short and wonderful explanation of the difference between empathy and sympathy.