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Oct. 27, 2021

Healing in Relationships with a Therapist (with Chris Lam) (S2, EP13 | The Soul's Work Podcast)

Healing in Relationships with a Therapist (with Chris Lam) (S2, EP13 | The Soul's Work Podcast)

What makes people turn to therapy? How is talking to a therapist different from sharing your "problems" with a good friend or family member? In this episode, we discuss this and many other aspects of doing therapy!


In this episode, Janice and her guest Chris Lam, therapist at Ride the Waves Counselling Service, talk about how therapy can help clients heal in both the therapeutic and their other relationships. They also discuss some common reasons people go to therapy, how therapy can benefit clients, and the luck and work involved matching with the “right” therapist.

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Show notes:

  • 00:01:34: How you can support the pod (rate + review!) and connect with me
  • 00:02:24: Who is Chris Lam?
  • 00:05:00: Chris’ analogy of “riding the waves” with how we navigate both “positive and negative” emotions
  • 00:10:20: Chris’ path to becoming a therapist 
  • 00:17:45: How developing a relationship vs “fixing” his clients helped Chris connect with youth in therapy
  • 00:20:02: Chris’ experience working with adults in therapy + common reasons why people do therapy
  • 00:23:17: What are some benefits of counselling?
  • 00:26:18: How talking to a therapist can be different from sharing your “problems” with friends or family
  • 00:32:26: How gaining knowledge of trauma psychoeducation can help with shame + our healing process
  • 00:33:35: Differences and similarities working with youth vs adults in therapy
  • 00:37:14: Chris’ experience working with “hard-to-serve” youth in the justice system
  • 00:39:49: Some ways Chris has worked toward being a more trauma-informed therapist and doing “the least harm” with clients
  • 00:44:21: How Chris navigates therapy conversations about healing childhood trauma and issues with parents
  • 00:49:55: How youth can/usually access therapy + legislation on youth and therapy (at least in Toronto)
  • 00:53:00: What can be involved in finding the right match with a therapist
  • 00:56:52: Some red flags that Janice would consider for herself in finding the right therapist
  • 00:58:53: Doing virtual therapy: yay or nay?
  • 01:02:32: How you can connect with Chris