Appreciating how the therapist's emotional experience can influence client change and business practices

Interview-style, with Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • Course Description

    This interview explores the use of therapist emotional experiences in the therapeutic relationship as a tool for clinical growth, as well as a tool for therapist boundaries around practice policy and procedure. Listeners will understand how the ACT conceptualization of present moment emotional experience as a lens into values allows these experiences to be articulated and become an agent of therapeutic growth and change. Listeners will understand the considerations of rapport, timing, cultural considerations, and unique therapist variables when using therapist emotional experiences in session.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Describe a conceptualization of countertransference through the framework of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Discuss the impact of therapist variables, rapport, timing, and cultural considerations on the use of therapist emotional experience within the therapy relationship; Describe how therapist emotional experience can allow therapists to define their businesses in a values-aligned manner.

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory/Intermediate

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active paid Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the requested course evaluation.

    Course elements (including the course audio, post-test, and requested course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast presentation which is available for free via all major public podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, presenter, sponsor, instructor, or content.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Accommodations

    If you have special needs or need an accommodation, please email us at and we will do our best to assist you.

Interviewee and Interviewer

Kim Dwyer, PhD, PSY #2530

Mindfulness and Testing Psychology Expert

Dr. Kimberly Dwyer is a clinical psychologist in private practice, co-owner/manager of a small group practice, and coach and clinical consultant for private practice builders. Her clinical work focuses on neurodevelopmental and psychoeducational evaluations and provision of therapeutic services to children, teens, and adults with anxiety and affiliated disorders. In her coaching work, Dr. Dwyer empowers providers to build, grow, and define private practices from a place of values-aligned intentional behavior. She works with clients in her suburban Denver office, through telehealth throughout the state of Colorado, and through distance coaching services throughout the country.

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias, MS, LMFT

Interviewer & Clearly Clinical Founder

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias (she/her) is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Founder and President of Clearly Clinical. She has specializations in Clinical Documentation, Best Practice, and Utilization Review, and works closely with clinical teams across the US as a trainer and national conference presenter; Beth was formerly an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in the Graduate Psychology and Education department. Licensed in California and Oregon, she provides therapy via her private practice to young adult and adult clients, members of the LGBTQ population, and those with addictive disorders. She has two young children, a super cool spouse who helps out with Clearly Clinical's tech, and a rescue dog.

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