“I’m not sure I’m well suited for this profession.” Sound familiar? We’ve heard this from other female therapists more times than we can count. But is it really about us being ill suited for this profession or is it really more so that our practice/work setting is ill suited for us?
In this episode we speak with psychologists, Dr. Kelly Yanek and Dr. Michele Kinderman, about what led them to leave their standard jobs and develop their innovative therapy practice, Wellness Outside the Box – Therapy Redefined. Kelly and Michele talk with us about how they incorporate nature-based therapies and their unique Dual Therapist Model into their practice and how these approaches have been beneficial for both them and their clients. Our guests also offer tips on how other therapists can begin experimenting with novel approaches to treatment and we end off by hearing about some of Kelly and Michele’s favourite “non-conventional” self-care practices.
Dr. Kelly Yanek is a nationally certified School Psychologist and co-founder of Wellness Outside the Box. She has a longstanding love for the outdoors and has incorporated this passion for nature and adventure into her work since her career began, whether taking walks with high school students or leading mindfulness exercises with kindergarten students. Dr. Yanek has specialized training in adventure based counseling and the technical skills of high and low ropes/adventure courses. She is also a RYT- 200 yoga instructor. Her expertise in adventure, mindfulness, and nature-work enables her to successfully treat those who prefer non-traditional paths to wellness.
Dr. Michele Kinderman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and co-founder of Wellness Outside the Box. For nearly two decades, she has been successfully treating children and adults struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship and parenting, and the stresses of everyday life. Early on, Dr. Kinderman found that employing the same textbook theories or techniques with every client was often ineffective and significantly limiting. This prompted her to explore creative and unique approaches to wellness that highlighted the warmth and support of human connection. Dr. Kinderman continues combining the more traditional therapies (CBT, DBT, insight oriented) with music, movement, and nature to assist clients in building their strengths and achieving their goals. In addition, her love of animals became a natural segue into the field of Pet Therapy where she helps individuals and fa
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