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VIDEO: In the Valley of the Shadow

A Clinician Shares Her Most Therapeutic Moment

Margaret Nichols

Of the thousands of meaningful sessions that take place in a therapist’s office, certain ones stand out. They’re the ones that shake us to the core, experiences so powerful that years—sometimes decades—later, we still remember them.

In this special moment from the Networker Symposium's evening of storytelling, clinician Margie Nichols invites us to experience a deeply personal moment from her own therapy experience that transformed the way she works with clients.

Margaret Nichols, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and AASECT certified sex therapy supervisor working in the LGBTQ community. She’s the founder of New Jersey’s Institute for Personal Growth.

Most therapists will recognize transformative stories like this one. What’s clear to most, though, is that the work they do is breathtakingly intimate. We’re witnesses to the deepest nooks and crannies of human experience. We get to be present for the most vital stories of people’s lives.


Did you enjoy this video? Check out the other storytelling pieces from our other Symposium presenters in the May/June 2016 issue of the Networker, Unexpected Gifts: Six Master Therapists Recall Their Most Unforgettable Sessions.

Topic: Grief

Tags: coping with depression | crying | death | death in the family | Depression & Grief | grief and loss | Networker Symposium | Professional Development | Symposium

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Monday, June 27, 2016 8:33:10 AM | posted by Anita
Thank you for sharing your story with all of us, Margie. I believe there is a sacredness in 'walking through the shadows' with the client - for that is when the client most needs someone to witness and acknowledge that despair.