The Hearing

A Therapist Shares Her Most Transformative Session

Kirsten Lind Seal

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

Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, is a marriage and family therapist and an adjunct assistant professor of MFT at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She appears as a regular contributor on Relationship Reboot, a weekly segment on WCCO (CBS) TV’s Midmorning show.

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."


Did you enjoy this video? Check out some of our other storytelling pieces from Susan Johnson, David Treadway, Martha Manning, and more in our May/June issue, Men and #MeToo: What Are They Thinking? You might also enjoy Kirsten's piece, "Managing Hecklers in the Therapy Room: An Ex-Comedian Puts Her Old Skills to Use."

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Topic: Challenging Clients & Treatment Populations | Trauma

Tags: 2018 | boundaries | Challenging Cases & Treatment Populations | challenging clients | code of ethics | ethical and legal issues | ethical boundaries | Ethics | Networker Symposium | personal stories | suicidal | suicide | Symposium | therapeutic alliance | transformation

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 6:06:18 PM | posted by Harvey Hyman
This was a beautiful and touching story of a therapist who became deeply engaged in the life of a client in desperate need of help. The therapist never abandoned the client despite the many challenges the client created in her own struggles. It is a story of a therapist understanding trauma and working for social justice on an individual level. It is a story that makes me proud to be part of this profession.