Years ago, I was in the midst of a very intense journey with my beloved therapist. It was painful but liberating. I thought that everyone should go to see a therapist so they could have the same amazing insights. But it turns out that there's a lot of people who are terrified of working with a therapist.
So I started proactively sharing what I learned in my therapy sessions. Soon my friends and colleagues started asking, "What does your therapist say about THIS?"
One of my best buddies would call me asking for some "secondhand therapy" and she joked I should write a book with that title.
Eventually Secondhand Therapy was born: you get the benefit of the insights I gained during therapy, but you don't have to do the agonizing work. The learning curve has been shortened for you!
Most therapists do not have any experience in the corporate world. My decade of climbing the corporate ladder in the financial world has had a significant impact on how I coach. I get the realities of the politics, towing the company line, inter-personal conflicts, and chasing after that next promotion. I consider myself a recovering type triple-A personality, and I often bond with my clients over the realization that working harder rarely improves a bad situation.
To be clear, I work as a coach and mentor; I am not a licensed therapist. If you are struggling with addiction, mental illness or trauma from the past, I have some resources for you to find the help you need.