From Our Founder

Hi friends!

My MFT grad program required me and my fellow classmates to participate in 40 hours of our own individual therapy before graduation. I’m sure that many of your programs either required, or strongly encouraged, you to do so as well.

My school’s rationale – which I wholeheartedly agree with – was that in order to be an effective therapist, one must have explored the life experiences and family history that has shaped their core beliefs and perspectives.

I found the process so helpful that I’ve been in therapy, off and on, ever since. With the help of therapists, I’ve journeyed through some difficult times, come to a deeper understanding of myself, and made changes that I’m proud of. I’m a bit obsessed with my own personal growth so I suspect I’ll be in therapy, continuing to learn and evolve, until I reach full-on Oprah status. 😂

Recently, I was listening to this podcast episode on We Can Do Hard Things. During the episode, Amanda spoke about how therapy has become “part of her job description” for being Glennon’s co-host on the show. She makes the point that, by investing in her own growth and development, she was able to be more effective in her work.

I couldn’t agree more. While I certainly see therapy as a form of self-care, I also see it as part of my job description.

When I was seeing clients and providing supervision, therapy helped me learn how to set boundaries and address areas of counter-transference so that I could become a more effective therapist and supervisor.

Now, as the leader of Motivo, therapy is a key part of helping me be at my best. In therapy, I am learning how to communicate with clarity and empathy and (hopefully) create a work environment that is psychologically safe and full of support.

I am confident that you’ll agree that one doesn’t need to be a therapist or CEO to benefit from therapy – pretty much every job benefits from having therapy added to the position description – parenting, marketing, student, customer support, sales, etc.

Also, in closing, let me note that the ability to easily access therapy is a privilege. You may, or may not be in a position to afford therapy, so let me suggest a few ways that you can invest in yourself if full-price therapy isn’t an option right now.

How does this land with you today?

Have you found therapy to be an important part of your own job description? 

I’d love to hear your thoughts.



Rachel McCrickard, LMFT


Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel is the CEO & Founder of Motivo, a HIPAA-compliant video platform connecting mental health therapists to the clinical supervision hours needed for licensure. She's also a LMFT, and brings her years of experience as both a therapist and a supervisor to her vision for Motivo. She also is a huge fan of pizza and yoga, in that order.

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