Offering Specialty Care for LGBTQ+ and Treating Financial Trauma with Jason Nicholsen | POP 864

Offering Specialty Care for LGBTQ+ and Treating Financial Trauma with Jason Nicholsen | POP 864

Do you work with clients in the LGBTQ community? Have you done some financial trauma work with your clients? Do you also, as a therapist, need to work through some personal financial stress management as well?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Jason Nicholsen who has a specialty in LGBTQ care and a personal specialization in treating financial stress.

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Meet Jason Nicholsen

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When Jason first meets with new folks, he often refers to the pillars of life: what we lean on when life gets challenging. Usually, those pillars include family, friendships, work/school, romantic relationships/partnerships. The last pillar is always the fun stuff – things that really recharge our batteries. Full disclosure: Jason’s is Star Wars.

Visit Within Reach Therapy and connect on Facebook and Instagram.

In This Podcast

  • Offering specialty care in the LGBTQ
  • Jason’s advice to all clinicians offering LGBTQ care
  • The issues with umbrella terms
  • Treating financial trauma
  • Personal financial therapy work for therapists
  • Jason’s advice to private practitioners

Offering specialty care in the LGBTQ

So when I’m hiring and recruiting new clinicians … I’m attempting to build a culture that allows my clinicians and staff to be who they are as well. I want them to be able to show up … to take care of themselves so that [they] can continue to show up for [their] clients.

Jason Nicholsen

Offering a specialty should not be exclusive to your clients.

If your private practice is founded on certain principles that cater to the needs of your clients, those principles and values should be offered to your staff as well.

From a specialty perspective, LGBTQ care is vital and needed in wider communities. Additionally, the nuance of working with LGBTQ clients requires clinicians to be able to make and hold space for them.

What we’re really doing is communicating [with] our values and I value authenticity and transparency and hopefully a little whimsy or fun at some points [as well] … and I make as many spaces as I can for folks to play with those things and show those values through their action[s] and how they care for folks.

Jason Nicholsen

Jason’s advice to all clinicians offering LGBTQ care

The most important value that Jason encourages other clinicians to have and practice is acceptance.

We don’t know everything and it’s okay for me to ask questions. It’s okay for me to not necessarily have the exact same experience as the client who’s sitting in front of me.

Jason Nicholsen

A combination of offering full acceptance combined with a gentle curiosity is one of the most healing and soothing approaches that you can offer your clients.

Can you partner with your client to understand their life alongside them? Make them another expert in the room, and work with one another to make that progress.

The issues with umbrella terms

One of the common things that clinicians might get wrong when it comes to offering LGBTQ specialty care is treating LGBTQ issues under an umbrella term.

It’s so nuanced depending on where your client is from, what their experience is … [if] it becomes more generalized then I think it becomes diluted, so it’s not nearly as effective in the therapeutic space as I would like [for] it to be.

Jason Nicholsen

Your clients have nuanced backgrounds, histories, and experiences that all contribute to who they are today and what they experienced in the past.

Treating financial trauma

I [always] get a sense of [how] my client’s relationship with money was shaped, what their family experience and relationship with money looks like because that really does inform our current relationship with money.

Jason Nicholsen

Jason has a specialty in treating financial stress and trauma.

As with most therapeutic experiences, Jason starts with their background and family history when it comes to money, what it meant to have it, and what it meant not to.

Some therapists avoid talking about money with their clients, but there are a lot of nuances lost there because it is through discussing money stress that so much healing – from stresses that impact other areas of life – can take place.

Personal financial therapy work for therapists

Initially, you need to become curious about your personal relationship with money, and this includes your beliefs about it as well.

How do you interact with money? Do you make a connection between your hourly rate and your worth, or for the sake of your clients?

Can you acknowledge any discomfort that is there for you? Do you struggle to follow up on payments due from your clients?

I think we devalue our own time in a detrimental way. My ability to take care of myself and my family allows me to show up for my clients in a way that could not be done if I were still at an agency job.

Jason Nicholsen

When you hold your boundaries around money, you can create space for yourself that allows you to hold space for your clients too. Additionally, you are modeling healthy boundary behavior to them as well.

Jason’s advice to private practitioners

You are not alone. We all have moments of doubt but remember that connection is the key here, so find a community of like-minded therapists to sit and talk with through the journey of being in private practice.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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