I’m Sara Nash. Among other things, I’m a mental health counselor, a professor of counseling, and a painter. But most of all, I’m a person. And as a person, I go through many of the same feelings, fears, and challenges as my clients who come to therapy.

Although it’s not always appropriate to share about myself during counseling sessions—my clients are, after all, in the session to address their lives—psychotherapy is an inherently relational endeavor. Who I am and where I am in my life impacts how I work with others. And often, the more I’m willing to let my clients see me as a real person—with imperfections, uncertainties and struggles, too—the more deeply we can connect with each other. And connection is an important part of effective therapy.

So, I started The Counselor as a Person project to engage with other counselors about the personal aspects of this interpersonally-intimate profession.

I also want counseling and psychology students to have the opportunity to listen in on real therapists talking about ourselves, so that we don’t inadvertently perpetuate a professional tendency to throttle and shame one another for being vulnerable about our own “stuff.”

Through candid conversations with counselors and psychologists, I share people and ideas that have been influential in my development. I hope these conversations help to restore the values of humanism, relationship, and mutual vulnerability to the visible heart of the counseling profession.

I’d love to hear from you too. Please write me with your ideas and questions. Post your reactions to the comments section. And let me know if you’re interested in coming on the podcast.

Thanks for listening!

Sara Nash, Ph.D., LMHC