The Thoughtful Counselor

About The Thoughtful Counselor is a podcast that is dedicated to producing great conversations around current topics in counseling and psychotherapy. We view counseling and psychotherapy as a deeply beautiful and complex process, and strive to incorporate both the art and science of the field in each episode.
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Now displaying: September, 2016
Sep 30, 2016

A conversation with Dr. Barry Duncan - co-editor of The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy and On Becoming a Better Therapist: Evidence-Based Practice One Client at a Time - about the good, the bad, and the ugly in counseling and psychotherapy, the origin of the common factors, and how to become a more effective therapist through client feedback.

The "Three Sisters" Barry mentioned can be found at:

The Heart and Soul of Change Project

Additional Resources

Barry's Amazon Author Page

Sep 30, 2016

A conversation with Dr. Laura Hensley Choate - professor counselor education at Louisiana State University and author of several books including Girls and Women’s Wellness: Contemporary Counseling Issues and Interventions and Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture - on the toxic culture that encapsulates girls and young women and how counselors can help them build resilience.

You can connect with Laura via:


Twitter @drlaurachoate

Girls, Women, and Wellness (Laura's blog @ Psychology Today)

Laura Profile at LSU

Laura’s Amazon Author Page

Sep 28, 2016

A conversation with Dr. George Hu - a clinical psychologist and Director of Psychology and Mental Health at Jiahui International Clinic in Shanghai - about the stigmas around counseling for men, common presenting concerns, and strategies to build a strong alliance with your male clients.

You can email George at or view his profile at

Sep 23, 2016

A conversation with Dr. Thomas Hofmann - professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Hodges University in Fort Myers and Naples, Florida - about navigating strength-based approaches to counseling in an environment dominated by symptoms and diagnosis.

You can email Tom at or call his office at (239) 938-7798

Tom's faculty page at Hodges:

For information about Hodges University's online program launching in Winter 2017, follow the link below:

An except from the article I mention by Courtney Armstrong in Psychotherapy Networker can be found here (you need to subscribe to get the full article):

APA Citation for this episode:

Shook, M. (Producer). (2016, September). Strength-Based Counseling in a Symptom-Based World: A Conversation with Thomas Hofmann [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved from



Sep 15, 2016

A Conversation with Dr. Cyrus Williams, associate professor at Regent University, on how the “Quarter-Life Crisis” affects millennials and how counselors can best understand and address their needs. Dr. William's refers to the following resources in the conversation:

The Quarter-Life Crisis

Counseling Today Article

You Can contact Dr. Williams at

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Sep 9, 2016

A conversation with Courtney Armstrong - author of Transforming Trauma Grief and The Therapeutic "Aha:" 10 Strategies to Help Your Client Get Unstuck - on the art and science of using music in counseling.

Visit Courtney's website at