Get ready for another episode of the Mastering Counseling podcast! Practicing psychotherapy is a rewarding career choice, but it doesn’t come without its fair share of challenges. Navigating those challenges, and maintaining success for a lengthy amount of time is something all therapists strive for. We’re fortunate to have a guest this week, Dr. Gerald Stein, who has lived it.
Dr. Gerald Stein worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in Chicagoland for nearly 30 years in various treatment and consultation settings across the mental health field before retiring from private practice in 2011. He chatted with Megan about his thoughts and insight for having a long career in the field, and about psychotherapy in general.
Dr. Gerald Stein completed his clinical training at Northwestern University before starting work as a clinician in private practice in Chicago. Over the years, he has served as Chief Psychologist at Forest Hospital, conducted psychological consultations for several major sports teams, completed over 2,500 psychological assessments, and served as an expert witness in an important court case involving the Illinois Department of Mental Health.
Though currently retired, he still maintains an active blog that offers readers invaluable insights into the world of psychology and therapy.
Some of his top posts include:
In Dr. Stein’s own words: “In addition to psychology, you’ll also find me musing on baseball, classical music, love, friendship, how we live, and how best to live. I’ll tell a few stories and draw a few conclusions. I hope that some tales will touch you and others help you to look at yourself and the world anew. Thanks for reading (and thinking) along with me! Your comments are most welcome.”
His blog is truly a fascinating read for anyone interested in psychotherapy!
Each episode we award a site or organization as the “Best of the Counseling and Mental Health Web”… as selected by Mastering Counseling Podcast listeners! Whether you’re a current mental health professional, or a student studying to become one, there are so many great resources out there discussing counseling and mental health. Some of these resources could even help your clients and be worth recommending to them.
As a reminder, if you ever have a suggestion for a resource or organization we should recommend, drop us a line via email, Faceook, or Twitter!
This week we’re happy to recognize 7 Cups. 7 Cups is an on-demand emotional health and well-being service. Their bridging technology anonymously & securely connects real people to real listeners in one-on-one chat.
People connect with listeners on 7 Cups for all kinds of reasons, from big existential thoughts to small, day-to-day things that we all experience. Unlike talking to family or friends, a 7 Cups listener doesn’t judge or try to solve problems and say what to do. “[Their] listeners just listen. They understand. They give you the space you need to help you clear your head.”
Topics that 7 Cups users ask or talk about include ADHD, Depression, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Breakups, Family Stress, and so much more. They even have a running count of the number of people they’ve helped… which now stands at more than 25 million.
They have a variety of resources to help with mental health including forums, exercises (like the breathing exercise on their member home page), tools to help visitors find and connect with therapists, and a whole lot more. They even have an app.
Of course, you can even sign up to become a listener at 7 Cups if you’re interested in helping others… so if you’d like to learn more be sure to connect with them online.