Every month we feature interviews with different clinicians. We ask them questions about their professional and personal lives — everything from the toughest part about being a therapist to how they cope with stress. They also share valuable insights into the biggest myths about therapy and their best advice for leading a meaningful life — and much, much more.
This month we’re pleased to talk to Christine Hammond, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, who pens the popular Psych Central blog “The Exhausted Woman.” Hammond has over 15 years of experience in counseling, teaching and ministry. She works primarily with exhausted women and their families in conflict situations to ensure peaceful resolutions at home and in the workplace.
Currently, Hammond works at LifeWorks Group in Winter Park, Fl. She’s also author of the award-winning book The Exhausted Woman’s Handbook. As an experienced teacher and group facilitator, she has led classes and lectures on personality disorders, anger management, developing boundaries, dealing with ADD/ADHD, improving marriages, preparation for marriage, and women’s intimacy issues.
Hammond has been married to her husband, Michael, for over 19 years. They have three teenage children, and are involved in a local church and their community. Learn more about Hammond at www.growwithchristine.com.
1. What’s surprised you the most about being a therapist?
From the outside, the job seems easy. You get to sit all day and listen to people talk. But in reality, it is mentally exhausting. By the end of the day, my stamina for intense focus has been extinguished to the point that simple decisions are sometimes difficult. In addition, in order to remember what my clients say, I often imagine their stories. The result is real life pictures of tragic events and some of these events are hard to disassociate.
2. What’s the latest and greatest book you’ve read related to mental health, psychology or psychotherapy?