Why do therapists also need to experience what it feels like to sit in ‘the chair’? Do you have feelings of shame or fear that are holding you back from pursuing your ambitions? How can you practice stepping into your creativity and success so that the fear changes into excitement?
In this podcast episode, LaToya Smith speaks about stepping into your abundance with Logan Cohen.
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Meet Logan Cohen
Logan Cohen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), an Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT), and a Level 2 Clinical Certified Trauma Professional (CCTP-II). Logan is not only a successful practice counseling owner.
He is also a social media influencer & what he would call a “socially conscious serial entrepreneur.” Logan specializes in trauma recovery work, relationship issues, domestic abuse intervention, and “turning on” critical consciousness for the general public.
In This Podcast
- You need to work on yourself first
- Understanding shame and letting it go
- Stepping into your abundance
You need to work on yourself first
You might be going at a hundred miles an hour, but where are you going? If you do not have your priorities straight, your values aligned, and an active policy of honesty and accountability with yourself, then the chances are that you will run in circles more than running straight through your life.
I think it is our responsibility to take our healing into our own hands every time we expect ourselves to level up … anytime we want to take on more responsibilities or be more out there and vulnerable, that really requires us surrendering to what we don’t know. (Logan Cohen)
Connect with mentors, therapists, and teachers for yourself, because it doesn’t matter how great of a therapist you are for your clients, you are still human, and human life is a complex and nuanced one to have.
You are the tool, and if your tool isn’t getting software updates, then that’s not a good place to be functioning from. (Logan Cohen)
Some schools and professors recommend that their students go to therapy themselves, or some courses may require five compulsory sessions because it is beneficial for you as a therapist to know what it feels like to sit in the chair yourself.
Understanding shame and letting it go
We’re fundamentally very collective, very social animals and there are a couple of emotional experiences that are just as much survival responses as they are emotions, one of those is fear … there’s also shame. (Logan Cohen)
Shame is terrifying for human beings because it isolates and separates them from the group, their community. The desire to be part of the group can overpower the feeling of being unique, and shame tries to keep us from straying too far from the group. However, shame can keep you small and keep you from striving to reach your goals, because shame holds people back from committing to their dreams or goals.
If you really want to step into your abundance, if you really want to be all that you’re here to be and function with as much self-love and an internal locus of control and flex that agency as much as possible, all of those shame-based narratives have to be carefully audited. (Logan Cohen)
Stepping into your abundance
You can transform your painful or limiting narratives to step into your abundance and make a shift in your life, business, and personal life. If you remain in your safety zone and only express what you know people will like, and never value authenticity, you will struggle to create genuine connections with people.
Business runs on connection, and if you are stuck in fear or shame-based narratives, then you will struggle to be authentic and so run the risk of never being truly authentic in your approach. When you are ready to step into your abundance and change your life, then you need to allow yourself to be uncomfortable because it puts you in the crossfire of greatness.
You might feel embarrassed, but never ashamed once you commit to yourself and your goals.
Do it scared at a level that your central nervous system can manage and where you can continue taking care of yourself and learning and integrating this new information outside of your comfort zone, and then what starts happening [is that] your window of tolerance expands until it’s just excitement. (Logan Cohen)
Books mentioned in this episode:
Logan Cohen – How to (Hu)Man Up in Modern Society: Heal Yourself & Save the World
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Meet LaToya Smith
LaToya is a consultant with Practice of the Practice and the owner of LCS Counseling and Consulting Agency in Fortworth Texas. She firmly believes that people don’t have to remain stuck in their pain or the place they became wounded. In addition to this, LaToya encourages her clients to be active in their treatment and work towards their desired outcomes.
She has also launched Strong Witness which is a platform designed to connect, transform, and heal communities through the power of storytelling.