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An Interview with Laris MacPherson on the Psychotherapy Client's Experience

David Van Nuys, Ph.d. Updated: Nov 2nd 2007

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Laris MacPhersonOne of the things that we have hoped to do in this series from time to time is to get the psychotherapy client's perspective. We have interviewed a number of well-known and highly-respected therapists, counselors, and research academics, representing a wide variety of theoretical perspectives. To balance out the picture, it's also important to hear from clients themselves about both the benefits they have received, as well as the challenges and possible setbacks they faced in their therapeutic journey.

Today's interview is with Laris Macpherson, a 36 year old woman from the Netherlands. Laris left home at 16, setting off on what proved to be a rocky road that over the years would include some success as a radio and TV announcer, but also several diagnoses, visits to multiple therapists, an eating disorder, marriage and divorce, and an eventual diagnosis and treatment for ADHD. At his point, she feels better than she ever imagined possible and is planning to study to become a counselor herself.

An Invitation: If you (the listener) have experience as a psychotherapy client or psychiatry patient that you would like to share with other listeners of the Wise Counsel Podcast, please let us know by contacting Dr. Mark Dombeck at mark at centersite dot net.

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Good for her - Anne Frid de Vries - Nov 3rd 2007

I can feel with Laris, as I know both the eastern Netherlands as well as the underground Amsterdam atmosphere in which she struggled to survive. And I know from my own experience that that is no small feat.

I liked the featuring of a client on the show.

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