Therapy for Executives and Emerging Leaders


Katie Vernoy, LMFT and Curt Widhalm, LMFT | 1 CE hour | Podcourse

During times of turmoil – like a global pandemic, an unstable economy, and social unrest – we want to be able to rely on our leaders to help us weather the storm. We look to our employers, our legislators, and our community leaders to solve problems and remain calm. But who supports our leaders? It’s important for therapists to understand leadership and the unique challenges that leaders face, so they can help. Further, therapists must be available to provide support to emerging leaders who are coming from much more diverse backgrounds and perspectives who may need help navigating a system that doesn’t always accept them or align with their lived experiences. In this podcourse, we will talk about leader identity development and how leaders develop over time. We will look at common barriers and challenges for leaders at all stages of development as well as suggested interventions to address these needs. 

Learning Objectives:

After listening to this podcourse, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least 4 stages of leadership identity development.
  2. Incorporate career assessment into treatment for adult clients. 
  3. Identify at least two common career-based presenting problems for executives and leaders. 
  4. Describe the Career Human Agency Theory (CHAT) model to help clients identify and implement plans for their career.  

Our Presenters

Katie Vernoy, LMFT

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Theater from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Katie’s experience spans many leadership and management roles in the mental health field since getting her license in 2005: program coordinator, director, clinical supervisor, hiring manager, recruiter, and former President of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Learn more at:


Curt Widhalm, LMFT

Curt Widhalm is in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) ethics committee, an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, lecturer in Counseling Laws and Ethics at California State University Northridge, a former Law & Ethics Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and former CFO of CAMFT. Learn more at:


CAMFT CEPA Therapy Reimagined is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #132270). Therapy Reimagined maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Courses meet the qualifications for the listed hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. We are working on additional provider approvals, but solely are able to provide CAMFT CEs at this time. Please check with your licensing body to ensure that they will accept this as an equivalent learning credit.