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  • Writer's pictureDanielle Morran

A Community of Therapists, Why it Matters.

When searching for the right therapist, you may want to consider if the therapist is connected to a community of colleagues. You may even want to discuss this during your free consultation or first session. Why does it matter that the person you choose to help you navigate your mental health is connected to a network of mental health practitioners? It matters for a multitude of reasons that all really come down to one thing: they will be better equipped to support you. I have highlighted some of the reasons you may benefit from your therapist being connected to a network of trusted colleagues.

  • Consultation and Supervision aren’t just important when therapists are faced with complex or challenging situations but really to explore how they may best support the people they are working with. When therapists regularly engage in consultation and supervision it provides the opportunity to share, learn, and grow together to ultimately benefit the humans we work with. It's important to note that at all times client privacy and confidentiality are upheld when engaging in consultations and supervision. The value of having a network of supportive colleagues provides me with insight and ensures that I am providing the best possible care to the clients I am honored to walk alongside.

  • Professional development, to me, is really a commitment to lifelong learning and unlearning to provide the best possible care. The importance of staying current with the latest research, techniques, and treatment modalities is obvious. Being a part of a community of therapists who are committed to upholding the commitment of lifelong learning and unlearning allows us to share and learn from one another. When you seek support from a therapist who is connected to a larger community you are ultimately benefiting from their continued learning and growth.

  • Therapists are not specialized in working with every situation or challenge that individuals, families, or couples are faced with. When therapists are connected to a larger professional community this allows for informed referrals. Beyond just knowing who may support individuals with certain circumstances, the confidence that the professional you are referring a client to is going to provide ethical, compassionate, and dedicated care should be of utmost importance. At the end of the day, as a therapist, I want to know that people who reach out to me for support still receive the care they deserve.

  • Therapists who have worked hard to create a community of connected therapists are more likely able to facilitate a collaborative approach involving multiple therapists. It can be even more valuable to involve multiple therapists when supporting people who may be struggling with complex mental health issues, substance abuse, or family conflict. As a therapist who specializes in supporting adults, youth, and families who are struggling with stress, overwhelm, anxiety, and interpersonal conflict I am often working collaboratively with other mental health practitioners.

  • All mental health practitioners are bound by ethical guidelines and standards of practice. Ethical considerations will arise throughout a therapist's career, being connected with other therapists allows us to receive feedback and guidance on ethical dilemmas we encounter, ensuring we maintain the highest ethical standards. Ethical dilemmas can be tricky to navigate and shouldn't be faced alone. When we support each other to maintain the highest ethical standards we foster a community that is accountable to the people we support.

  • I am beyond grateful to be connected to a community of colleagues who are working together to promote a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment. Personal connections and a sense of belonging that accompanies being connected to a network of trusted colleagues allow me to show up as my best self in support of my clients and colleagues. It is important for clinicians to have emotional support and understanding to allow us to maintain our own mental health and well-being and, in turn, better support the humans we work with. As a caveat, this is not a replacement for our own therapeutic work!

  • Community resources can be invaluable for clients. Therapists connected to a network of trusted colleagues are more often better aware of community resources that are available to their clients. Community resources such as support groups, workshops, or educational opportunities can help enhance clients' overall well-being. Word of mouth or hearing colleagues share about community offerings allows me to provide information to clients that may foster their overall wellness.

Knowing that the mental health practitioner(s) you choose to support you during your mental health journey has a trusted network of colleagues can be reassuring. I know that it is reassuring for me as a therapist, to know that by building relationships and a trusted community of colleagues I will continue to provide the best care possible to the humans I am honored to walk alongside in their journey for healing and growth. I am honored to connect with colleagues from agencies I have worked, trainings I have taken, and collectives I am a part of.

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