The Therapy Insights Podcast

The Therapy Insights Podcast offers tools and insights for SLPs, PTs/PTAs, and OTs/COTAs working with patients who are experiencing some of the most difficult medical challenges of their lives. In a poll of an interdisciplinary SLP/OT/PT Facebook forum, only about 30% of clinicians reported that they were provided with the opportunity to take a graduate level class focused on counseling techniques to address grief, trauma, and major life transitions.

Our goals for this podcast:

  • Broaden the scope of understanding by SLPs, PTs, PTAS, OTs, and COTAs of current best practices within the counseling community in order to optimize and strengthen the medical field as a whole when it comes to rehabilitation and mental health.
  • Encourage and promote specific strategies on how to improve access to professional mental health services within medical communities, including those that are rural, understaffed, or working within a system that has not yet embraced access to mental health services.
  • Address specific questions and scenarios as presented by members of the Therapy Insights community.

Links to episode pages with show notes

05: Rich Temple and the Hidden Power of Listening

So often in healthcare settings, providers feel the need to dish out answers in response to diagnoses. But is this what patients actually need or want? Dr. Rich Temple is a neuropsychologist in the field of rehabilitation medicine. He believes that one of the best kept secrets in therapy is the power of not having all of the answers. Join us as we discuss how existing in a space of solving patients' problems for them actually thwarts patient-centered care. We also talk about how to truly listen and honor a patient's story and wishes, how to prevent burnout across a career, and how interdisciplinary collaboration and advocacy for integrated mental health services can lead to more impactful and holistic healthcare for all.

04: Katrina Mikiah and the Human Capacity for Presence

How do we as rehabilitation therapists hold space for those who are facing immense grief or life-altering/life-ending diagnoses? Katrina Mikiah is a life, grief, and end-of-life coach. She says that it's not about having a tricked out pack of counseling techniques, but rather much more about our own awareness of our feelings and our ability to be present. Join us as we discuss the difference between a counselor and a coach, the many ways to hold space and be present, and the tools we can offer clients and families to make these kinds of transitions less turbulent and more in line with their life goals and wishes.

03: Josh Rubin, James Laskin, and the Learning Health System

What would it look like if, as a healthcare system, we were able to draw from data points from real experiences of real people around the world? What if we could magnify the power of existing medical research methods by incorporating a broader range of people, experiences, and perspectives, including those of practicing clinicians? One of the biggest challenges we face is bridging the gap between clinical research and clinical practice. The concept of the learning health system is not one magical platform that offers to solve this problem, but rather it is a way of thinking, of collaborating, and of experiencing the world that has the potential to radically transform healthcare.

02: Andrew Hill and the Person Behind the Brain Injury

How do we connect with people who have a brain injury? How do we not let our therapy devolve into power struggles? How do we help improve insight without crushing people’s hope? To explore these questions today, we’re talking with Andrew Hill.


01: Chris Clasby and the Dignity of Risk

In this episode, we speak with Chris Clasby, LCSW and Peer Advocacy Coordinator at Summit Independent Living in Missoula, Montana. Our conversation touches on what it means to be human, what it means to suffer, and how to find meaning in that suffering. Chris also touches on 2 valuable tips for clinicians- allowing patients to fully experience their emotions and allowing patients the dignity of risk. We also discuss the federally mandated independent living centers spread across the U.S. and how these centers can provide invaluable resources for patients as they transition through different levels of care.



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