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A Therapist Shares Her Most Transformative Session

What would you do if a client needed your help with an issue so pressing, it was literally a matter of life and death?

That’s exactly the predicament that therapist Kirsten Lind Seal found herself in with a refugee client seeking asylum. In the process, she went above and beyond the call of duty, and came away with a new perspective on the therapist’s mission and craft.

In this video from our 2018 Networker Symposium evening storytelling event, Kirsten shares this story of personal and professional transformation.

As Kirsten’s story shows, therapy is often anything but predictable—it can test, shock, and embolden us. Most of all, it can allow us to grow and find a new appreciation for the work we do.

“When I look back on my work with Adele and this journey that we took, I realized that a lot of the work I did with her went above and beyond what we usually do in therapy,” Kirsten says. “But I would do it all over again… I know that she will always be a part of her story, and I will always be deeply honored to have been a part of hers.”

Kirsten Lind Seal

Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, is a marriage and family therapist in private practice and an adjunct associate professor of MFT at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Her research has been published in JMFT and Psychology Today, and she is a regular contributor on WCCO (CBS) TV’s Midmorning show.