THE REFRESHED THERAPIST NETWORK STORY


The story of The Refreshed Therapist Network is, in many ways, my story, which centers on my experience of personal change requiring professional change. I decided to start The Refreshed Therapist Network, during a time when I went through major life changes. I found myself drained and no longer exhilarated by one-on-one sessions. These emotional experiences were unexpected and confusing, because Ilove being a therapist. Nevertheless, I pushed through them for a while, but then I realized that the way I was "doing" my therapist life was no longer working.

I began to listen to myself. I mean really listen. At first, there was only a quiet discomfort, but over time, it became a loud frustration. And, there was one clear message:  I no longer could (or wanted!) to sustain the same pace in my business. If I didn’t change, I would lose out on things that were more important to me than work. That’s when I decided that the way I worked had to change.  Now, flowing in work and life from my preferences and intuition was never a problem for me, but when it came to using these to define my work, I didn’t know where to begin.

I needed a community that was not only focused on private practice building, but one that could show me how to continue thriving as a therapist when life happens. It didn't exist, so I created it! This is exactly the focus of The Refreshed Therapist Network.

I share this story with you, so that you know my background, but also so that you know that it’s okay to change your mind and refocus your efforts towards goals that make more sense now. Sometimes, listening and changing course costs us less in the end than staying put. It's also okay to not have the answers and to sit with the questions until "answers arise to meet" them (Katie, 2016).  

The Refreshed Therapist Network is a community where you can honor your strugglesand questions as you learn, wait, and perhaps, test new ways of being a therapist.


Ili Rivera Walter, PhD, LMFT: The Resumé

In my first class, on my first day of graduate school, I knew that I had found my “thing” (marriage and family therapy).  I recognize that finding this love for specific work is rare, and I cherish this blessing.  I have had the opportunity to apply my clinical skills to administration as well as direct service in hospitals, church settings, agencies, private practice, and business consulting.  I am a speaker on family therapy and couple topics and currently serve as an online graduate instructor for Messiah College. I have taught at the graduate level for both COAMFTE and CACREP accredited programs.

I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), and an AAMFT-approved supervisor. My areas of clinical expertise include self-of-the-therapist, family of origin, the integration of Christian faith and counseling, applying systems theory in orgnaizations, and relationship and intimacy development through dialogue. 

Affiliations

  • Clinical Fellow, AAMFT
  • Approved Supervisor, AAMFT
  • Supervisor Mentor, for AAMFT Supervisor Candidates (Learn more)

Certifications

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Florida and Pennsylvania
  • Qualified Supervisor for LMFTs and LMHCs, Florida
  • Myer’s Briggs Type Indicator Facilitator
  • PREPARE/ENRICH Pre-marital + Marital Assessments