Hello everyone!! Welcome to another episode of the profitable practice podcast. I brought on a repeat offender today it’s Christina Bjorndal as she is my go-to person when it comes to dealing with mental-emotional health issues with patients.
I think we all know that every new patient has some sort of emotional issue, regardless of how many physical complaints they list on their intake form. When you witness it, wanting to open those boxes can be really scary, and kind of daunting, especially if you’re more new into your practice… but going there is really what will solidify your therapeutic relationship.
Really, it is a fundamental piece of figuring out what that individual emotional item is for that particular patient. The superficial stuff, a lot of us can understand and we always want to create solutions for those first. But to make the treatment really stick, we also need to identify what the mental blockages are and what the emotional blockages are of that the person in front of us.
This doesn’t mean you need to become a counselor, but it does mean you at least need to help the person connect the dots and just allow for the therapeutic space to be available to just listen to the person.
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Questions I Asked Dr. Chris:
- What are those initial steps that need to be taken when discussing the mental-emotional story and why it is so important?
- How do you approach the mental-emotional discussion with your patients?
- Why is it so important for us to do our own mental-emotional work ourselves?
- Do you ever discuss your own personal story with your patients?
- Why this is so important for all practitioners to implement into their businesses?
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- Guidance on how to manage your patients’ mental health
- Importance of addressing every patients’ mental health concerns and histories
- Why is it important for all practitioners to address their own mental health blockages too, to become a better practitioner
About Dr. Christina Bjorndal
While I was doing my undergraduate degree at UBC in the late 1980’s, I experienced a debilitating depression and anxiety which was very difficult to treat. I also had an eating disorder and was not coping with the stress I was under at that time. When I did, I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder type 1. Since that time, I have lived in shame because of the label of bipolar disorder. I just wanted to be “normal”.
Given my health journey, I have a primary interest in treating mental health, however, in the last decade, I have expanded my expertise into balancing hormones for women when it comes to PMS, menopause, fertility and pregnancy – especially since becoming a mom myself.