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Welcome to the Shrink Think Podcast hosted by Aaron Potratz and Nathan Hawkins, two licensed counselors. With engaging, informative conversations and light-hearted humor, the Shrink Think Podcast aims to normalize and demystify therapy for those beginning or continuing their mental health journey; in short, to bridge the gap between clients and therapists. Episodes are geared toward simplifying complex therapeutic concepts, exploring personal contributions and needs in relation to therapy, and both informing and empowering individuals to know what to expect from the process and their own therapist.

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Welcome to the Shrink Think Podcast hosted by Aaron Potratz and Nathan Hawkins, two licensed counselors. With engaging, informative conversations and light-hearted humor, the Shrink Think Podcast aims to normalize and demystify therapy for those beginning or continuing their mental health journey; in short, to bridge the gap between clients and therapists. Episodes are geared toward simplifying complex therapeutic concepts, exploring personal contributions and needs in relation to therapy, and both informing and empowering individuals to know what to expect from the process and their own therapist.

Language:

English


Episodes

180. Relational Repair Requires Validation

2/26/2024
If you’ve been in a conflict with a partner, friend, or coworker and are unsure how to begin the repair, start with validation. Validating their experience or concern will help you both move toward resolution, and it’s a great peace offering that can bring immediate connection. Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/US2LfZpdS0I *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:24:58

179. Budget Your Energy

2/20/2024
Energy is a finite resource we all have and need to budget properly. We need to maximize our energy "income" through sleep, diet, and exercise. We also need to make sure we're spending energy wisely: giving it to the people and activities that are most beneficial for us. Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/DZGe7VE4B4Q *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:26:42

178. Fix It Don’t Fixate

2/13/2024
We can get too fixated on the "problems" we experience in life, keeping ourselves stuck ON the problem. Trying to understand the problem is helpful to a degree, but then we need to move toward fixing it - which usually involves doing something different. Therapists can be prone to this, too, but ultimately need to partner with you to explore what you can do differently to get a different outcome. Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/6nVS1-I807s *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:24:57

177. The Victim Mindset

2/6/2024
A victim mindset might be the reason you are stuck in your life or relationships. We identified five elements of this mindset (plus one bonus one): (1) sees self as good, other as bad; (2) focuses on my good intentions (not actions) and your bad actions (not intentions); (3) sees only from own perspective, cannot see other’s perspective; (4) cannot hold both experiences as valid and real, two parts of the same puzzle; and (5) views things as right/wrong rather than both/and. Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/CwSNESKOvCI *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:26:42

176. How To Not Lose Yourself In Relationships

1/30/2024
What does it mean to be your “self”? How do you lose “yourself” in relationships and how can you avoid or prevent that from happening? In this two-part series, we break down the issue to help you better know who you are and spot ways you might be operating that cause you to lose yourself or behave not in accordance with who you are (such as what matters to you or what you value). Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/Qke88i8OZgo *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:25:52

175. What Is My "Self"?

1/23/2024
What does it mean to be your “self”? How do you lose “yourself” in relationships and how can you avoid or prevent that from happening? In this two-part series, we break down the issue to help you better know who you are and spot ways you might be operating that cause you to lose yourself or behave not in accordance with who you are (such as what matters to you or what you value). Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/Qke88i8OZgo *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:26:36

174. YOU Are The Biggest Problem In Your Own Life

1/16/2024
There is a fundamental truth to life that can be difficult to accept: YOU, not other people, are the biggest problem in your own life. What this means is your mindset, your ability to regulate your feelings, and your responses are the causes of most of your problems-which you are in control of. Taking responsibility for these can have a significant influence on your satisfaction in life, even though life will always present obstacles and involve pain. Buy the "You Are The Biggest Problem In Your Own Life" t-shirt from our swag shop: https://shrinkthink.myshopify.com/products/you-are-the-biggest-problem-lol Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/pkcPGUzcQ2w *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:27:45

173. Why Do Premarital Counseling?

1/9/2024
What is premarital counseling? Who could benefit from it? What are some things that happen in premarital counseling to make it useful? We stole a page from our Shrink Think educational videos that orient couples to premarital counseling, and shared them here so our listeners could benefit. This episode would be helpful for couples who plan to get married someday (or are engaged), as well as therapists who work with couples. Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/TvYsHsAduxM *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:25:25

172. When Your Parents Won’t Change

1/2/2024
As you get older, you might realize some things about your parents that you wish they would change. Maybe you’ve even considered talking to them about it. Just because you share your hurts from childhood, doesn’t mean they’ll be understanding let alone take responsibility and change. What do you do if your parents won’t change, and you’re “stuck” with the negative or unhealthy patterns? We’ll talk you through it and give you some ways you can cope with this reality. Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/orRaIahwFW4 *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:26:47

171. Fix Your Parenting Mistakes!

12/26/2023
If you are a parent of adult children and they have tried to share about their childhood with you, you might be tempted get defensive or feel guilty. Don’t do it! Listen to this episode first! You’ll learn about why you need to embrace what your child is saying, embrace the idea that you made some mistakes in parenting, and use this as an opportunity to build a better relationship with your child. Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/-f2_bB2yybk *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:27:51

170. Interview with Guest Andrew Lang on Inner Critic & Shadow Work (part 2)

12/20/2023
Part 2 of 2. We invited fellow PNW'er Andrew Lang to talk about inner critic and shadow work that he specializes in. The inner critic develops subconsciously from the stories and experiences of our lives, and shadows are parts of us that get rejected or repressed by the people and communities around us. Andrew discusses how to get connected to these through the body and mindful awareness in order to live an open and more vibrant life. Andrew Lang is an educator in the Pacific Northwest, an alumnus of Richard Rohr’s Living School for Action and Contemplation, and author of Unmasking the Inner Critic: Lessons for Living an Unconstricted Life. Along with writing regularly, he facilitates workshops helping people to navigate their inner lives and explore their sense of identity and spirituality. You can find more of his writings and offerings at www.AndrewGLang.com. Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/MxRfYaZxHxE *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:33:42

169. Interview with Guest Andrew Lang on Inner Critic & Shadow Work (part 1)

12/12/2023
We invited fellow PNW'er Andrew Lang to talk about inner critic and shadow work that he specializes in. The inner critic develops subconsciously from the stories and experiences of our lives, and shadows are parts of us that get rejected or repressed by the people and communities around us. Andrew discusses how to get connected to these through the body and mindful awareness in order to live an open and more vibrant life. Andrew Lang is an educator in the Pacific Northwest, an alumnus of Richard Rohr’s Living School for Action and Contemplation, and author of Unmasking the Inner Critic: Lessons for Living an Unconstricted Life. Along with writing regularly, he facilitates workshops helping people to navigate their inner lives and explore their sense of identity and spirituality. You can find more of his writings and offerings at www.AndrewGLang.com. Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/MxRfYaZxHxE *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:22:35

165. All About ADHD with Guest Martin Altman (part 2)

12/7/2023
Martin Altman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, Georgia, joins us to talk all about ADHD. He explains what it is and how it affects people, the benefits and drawbacks of having ADHD, he shares about his own experiences with it, and talks about strategies for living with it. Website: https://www.altmancounseling.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/altman.marty/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playtherapydouglasville/ Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/vBDrP4kcXt4 *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:29:16

165. All About ADHD with Guest Martin Altman (part 2)

12/7/2023
Martin Altman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, Georgia, joins us to talk all about ADHD. He explains what it is and how it affects people, the benefits and drawbacks of having ADHD, he shares about his own experiences with it, and talks about strategies for living with it. Website: https://www.altmancounseling.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/altman.marty/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playtherapydouglasville/ Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/vBDrP4kcXt4 *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:29:19

168. Control Yourself Not Your Environment

12/5/2023
It's easy to feel anxious or offended about something then want to control the environment or people around you so you feel better. The healthy approach, however, is to turn inward and find out what's going on inside of you and control THAT. Controlling your own thoughts, feelings, and reactions will create better relationships and flexibility that is necessary for healthy interactions. Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/-mj-irGf5b0 *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:22:16

167. What To Do When You're Emotionally Flooded

11/28/2023
Having a conflict with someone can be really uncomfortable! This is why many people avoid conflicts altogether - that, and they don’t know what to do. Here are some practical tips for getting yourself to “zero” or “grounded” so that you can work through the issue with someone more effectively. Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/WftL33xBxmQ *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:24:07

166. Use This Not A Grenade To Resolve Conflict

11/14/2023
When you have a disagreement with someone, it’s important to use the right tools to work through it. How you communicate together will determine how successful you’ll be at resolving the issue. Focusing on yourself and not on the other person (which sounds counterintuitive) will avoid tossing a grenade and blowing it up, an outcome nobody wants! Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business.

Duration:00:26:02

165. All About ADHD with Guest Martin Altman (part 2)

11/7/2023
Martin Altman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, Georgia, joins us to talk all about ADHD. He explains what it is and how it affects people, the benefits and drawbacks of having ADHD, he shares about his own experiences with it, and talks about strategies for living with it. Website: https://www.altmancounseling.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/altman.marty/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playtherapydouglasville/ Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/vBDrP4kcXt4 *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:29:16

164. All About ADHD with Guest Martin Altman (part 1)

10/30/2023
Martin Altman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, Georgia, joins us to talk all about ADHD. He explains what it is and how it affects people, the benefits and drawbacks of having ADHD, he shares about his own experiences with it, and talks about strategies for living with it. Website: https://www.altmancounseling.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/altman.marty/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playtherapydouglasville/ Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/vBDrP4kcXt4 *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:31:03

163. Being Responsible TO But Not FOR Others

10/24/2023
* Codependent relationship dynamics are common, and people often don't know where they end and the other person begins-let alone how to let others have their own feelings without taking responsibility for them. It's a complicated dynamic, so we broke it down to make it simpler to see and understand. Being compassionate means owning your words and actions, as well as how they impact another person, but it is their responsibility from there. Aaron Potratz & Nathan Hawkins are behavioral health experts, licensed counselors, and clinical supervisors with over 35 years of experience. They each own a private group therapy practice and co-own a third one together. Aaron is also a business consultant for therapists in private practice wanting to start, grow, or expand their business. *Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/uG8Kfcyym2U *Now on YouTube: @shrink-think *Sign up for our FREE email course on overcoming fear and insecurity at: https://www.shrinkthink.com/podcast -------------- *Member of the PsychCraft Podcast Network* https://psychcraftnetwork.com/

Duration:00:23:58