82. Clinician's Corner: Therapist Self-Doubt with Jim Lucas

As therapists, we may sometimes doubt whether our skills are good enough to help our clients. Surprisingly, self-doubt may actually be useful, when used courageously as a tool for improvement. In this episode, Debbie speaks with Jim Lucas, a therapist in the UK who specializes in training and supporting mental health professionals. They discuss:

  • The upside of self-doubt

  • The surprising relationship between therapist self-doubt and client outcomes

  • Balancing how to find self-compassion with the courage to improve your work

  • A brief self-enquiry exercise that can be used to foster healthy therapist self-doubt

 
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About Jim Lucas:

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Jim Lucas is an ACT Therapist based in UK who works in private practice and higher education. He is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies and a Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychology at University of Birmingham.

Jim lives and works in Birmingham, UK’s 2nd largest city and ‘city of 1000 trades.’ He runs a psychology business called Openforwards, which specialises in supporting people who work in healthcare, education and other helping professions. As well as offering individual therapy, Jim takes an interest in delivering training to teams of practitioners on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and wellbeing. He is an ACBS peer-reviewed ACT Trainer and runs his own monthly podcast called Self-Help-Sat-Nav

 

Resources:

*Handout: Jim Lucas’s Guidance On How To Do Self-Enquiry in a Journal*

Jim Lucas’s webpage: https://www.openforwards.com

Self-Help-Sat-Nav (Jim’s Podcast)

Developing Openness to Feedback through Cultivating Healthy Self-Doubt (Article by Jason Luoma on www.ActwithCompassion.com)

Article “Love yourself as a person, doubt yourself as a therapist.”

Radically Open DBT Website

Book The Resilient Practitioner by Thomas M. Skovholt and Michelle Trotter-Mathison.

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