What are the signs your self-reflection is healthy?

If your self-reflection is unhealthy, it’s hard to feel good enough. And when you don’t feel good enough in the therapy room, you can’t develop a confident and authentic therapeutic voice.

Many mental health professionals and therapists engage in self-reflective practice that is more like code for self-criticism. One of my role’s as a mentor and supervisor is to guide the professionals working with me to improve their self-reflection practice.

Here are the signs that your self-reflection is healthy:

  • it’s brief
  • you take on the role of a detached observer
  • its a process focused on both the client and you
  • you can see positive moments
  • when you identity issues these do not become self-criticism or negative labels or affect your overall therapist identity
  • you are able to address the issues in a solutions-focused way.

If you have identified that your self-reflection practice needs some work, considering working with a mentor like me to change that. Sometimes all you need is one-to-one help you see what you need to do. Free yourself from this habit and enjoy a career focused on empoering cleints and creating change not your flaws and faults.

Authentically yours,


P.S. Did you like what you read? Are you ready to feel good enough? If you are interested in becoming a more confident therapist, to be brave, curious and authentically you, I might just be the mentor for you. Email me at support@nadenevanderlinden.com to arrange a free 15 minute consult to see if we are the right fit. Or still not quite ready to become your true authentic confident self? Sign up to my mailing list to get your free “Are you ready” resource now. You can also follow me on facebook for my vlog conversations.

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