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Introducing Calvin Hanson, MSW, APSW

Calvin works with older teens, college students, and young adults. Specializing in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and substance abuse. Learn more about Calvin in this video.

Who do you help?
Ideal client?
What is your general approach to helping?
Are you more directive or more guiding?
What are your strengths as a therapist?
What are your client's results after coming to see you?

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Video Transcript

Laurie: Hi, my name's Laurie Groh. I'm co-owner at Shoreside Therapies. Today we have Calvin Hanson with us and we just want to get to know you a little bit better today, Calvin. So thanks for joining us.

Calvin: Yeah, thanks for having me Laurie. I appreciate it.

Laurie: So first question is: who do you help? Who is your ideal client?

Calvin: So, in general, I'm really interested in working with anyone who wants to better themselves, so someone who is interested in seeing what the world has to offer and then just kind of wanting to better themselves in the sense that they're willing to put in some work, show up and do what it takes to make some improvements in their life.

Laurie: So someone that's open for change and improvement and maybe just having these goals of what they want their life to be, so kind of broad, which is great!

Calvin: Yeah, so I mean it could be really a lot of different populations, so I'm really comfortable working with young adults, so that could be people who are in college, or people are recent high school graduates. Anyone who struggles with anxiety or depression, maybe issues in their relationships, things like that. It's kind of my ideal population.

Laurie: Yeah, and now is the time, too. If you just graduated from high school or you're a college student or just graduated from college, you have summer to make all those improvements or just focusing on yourself a bit more. I know with school that tends to always be that high focus right. If I got this paper, I have to do this, I have to do that and then summer comes and then it's kind of quiet for a minute, and so that is definitely a good time to seek, you know, treatment or therapy, depending on your needs.

Calvin: Yeah, that's a good way to look at it. I think that the summer is a really good opportunity for a lot of young adults, people like that.

Laurie: Yeah, all right, so what's your general approach to helping?

Calvin: So in general I want to offer a safe space for my patients, to a place where they can come in and feel comfortable sharing about themselves in a space where they aren't going to worry about being judged or anything like that, and a space where they can also receive some feedback from me as a therapist. So I'm really big on kind of meeting people where they're at. So if you come in and you're really struggling, that's all right. I want to be able to kind of understand what's going on in your life and be able to kind of help you with what is going on in that moment.

Laurie: Yeah, I think that's great. What tends to come up, and I don't know if you're noticing this too, is sometimes people will feel sort of bad about where they're at, and the reality is that sometimes we have these ups and downs and we might be experiencing more of a low motivation, low movement. Or you know, if somebody is depressed, they're not going to be ready to do like a marathon tomorrow, right? So, meeting somebody where they're at. I think it's so important and just acknowledging that we can't just go from 'a' to 'z', we have to go from 'a' to 'b' or maybe 'a' and then a little bit more, you know. So I think that part is really important and just being in that nonjudgmental environment really helps somebody to move to that next level, to that next step.

Calvin: Yeah, and I think along with that, sometimes just teaching some of that compassion as well, because I know a lot of people are very critical on themselves and, like you're saying, it can be a big journey to begin and you know just having someone there to be empathetic and to provide that validation can be really helpful.

Laurie: Right, right. So next question: so are you more directive, more guiding? What's kind of your style?

Calvin: I would say I'm more guiding. I mean I do assign homework and things like that for patients to work on outside of treatment, but in general my approach is to allow the client to make decisions for themselves, but to provide suggestions and to ask questions so that they can start to think about things for themselves and really be their own therapist eventually.

Laurie: I think that's a great goal. Sometimes what some clients will say is: I was hearing you today in my mind, and I always think that's such a good sign that they're going in the right direction, because there is that part of them now that's going to help guide them through tough situations and it's going to be there even when you're not in therapy anymore. So that's a great goal.

Calvin: Yeah, definitely, I think that is a really good sign, and when people start to think for themselves and realize, hey, I can have some control over my thoughts and my behaviors and things like that, I can make some big changes.

Laurie: Yeah, and challenging yourself in that moment, challenging some of those thoughts that can be pretty daunting and pretty... what's the word of kind of pushing us down. Sometimes when some of those thoughts get either too much or too dark, and so having that part of us that says okay, is that accurate? Can we challenge it in any way? What would a friend say to you and that can get the client out of that moment, which is wonderful. All right, so we can go into the next question.

Calvin: Yeah!

Laurie: All right, so what are your strengths as a therapist?

Calvin: Yeah, so first and foremost I think that one of my strengths is that I'm approachable. So I think people can feel comfortable coming up to me and greeting me, asking me questions and things like that without worrying about how I would react or anything. So I think people can feel comfortable really easily working with me and then on top of that I have experience practicing meditation, so mindfulness, meditation, I have a history of engaging in the practice myself and studying it and then also helping other people learn how to practice.

Laurie: That's so great, that's such a great added tool, not only just preaching and teaching, but actually doing that work yourself. I think that's awesome, so somebody could come in and want to use some of those techniques in order to help with anxiety, help with stress. Even what I'm hearing a lot from clients, and you're probably experiencing this, too, in sessions, is that they're feeling like they wish that they were somewhere else, or let's speed this thing up so that I can get to what I need to do or what I want to do, and so mindfulness can help a lot with that being present and being in the moment and not wishing away that time that we're actually there.

Calvin: Yeah, and personally I think it's something that everyone can really benefit from and it does take practice. So it's just a matter of being open-minded and willing to give it a try, and sometimes staying in the moment is really helpful, even when it's uncomfortable.

Laurie: All right, so what can a client expect after seeing you? So when they leave a session or when they leave therapy or even in the middle of therapy, what could be some of their expectations?

Calvin: Yeah, I mean this is a really good question. I think there are a lot of different things that they can expect to see. First and foremost, I think just feeling more confident in their ability to manage anxiety and maybe their depression in their everyday life. So if they do notice it creeping in, being able to respond to it in a way that actually improves how they're feeling. So they feel like they have some self-control and that they can actually make a difference in the way they're feeling and functioning in their everyday life. So maybe seeing some changes to the things that they're doing on the on a day-to-day basis. Maybe they're doing more things that they enjoy, maybe more things that need to get done on a routine basis or even clearer values in their life.

Laurie: Yeah, yeah, those are great. I think those are great expectations and anyone would be lucky to have that after seeing you. Some of the symptoms of anxiety or depression would lessen. But I think, even more importantly, people gaining confidence and doing what they want to do with the rest of their life or in the next year. This is my goal and I'm going to work with Calvin and actually achieve it, which is pretty amazing. So Calvin, thank you so much for meeting with me today. If anybody wants to make an appointment with Calvin, you can go right to our site at www.shoresidetherapies.com. I'll put your information, Calvin, right here in the chat. So if somebody wants to reach out to that way, they can as well through phone, text or email, whatever is easiest for you. So thanks again, Calvin.

Calvin: Awesome! Great, thank you so much, Laurie!

Laurie: Yeah!

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