In this episode, Dr. Jessica Tyler talks with Sara Ellison, an associate licensed counselor, nationally certified counselor, and doctoral student on perfectionism and overcontrol. They discuss how perfectionism impacts individuals' wellness, along with the parallel process of being a counselor or counselor-in-training who struggles with perfectionistic and overcontrolled tendencies. This episode is for anyone who identifies with the fear of failure, impression management, masking emotions, and overcontrol. Recommendations for infusing openness and flexibility into practice through RO-DBT and other techniques is also discussed.
Sara is EMDR trained and has intensive training in RO-DBT, an evidence-based treatment targeting a spectrum of disorders characterized by excessive self-control. She currently works in private practice with adolescents around issues of trauma and overcontrol, and often integrates RO-DBT with psychodynamic and attachment work. Sara’s research interests include trauma and resilience, overcontrolled personality style, and the experiences of gender diverse adolescents.
Tyler, J. (Producer). (2022, June 29). The Flawless Counselor: Perfectionism and Overcontrol [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved fromhttps://concept.paloaltou.edu/resources/the-thoughtful-counselor-podcast/the-flawless-counselor-perfectionism-and-over-control?hs_preview=DyZQmhng-77842298551
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