YOU Are The Cake: How You Show Up as a Therapist


Hillary Bolter, MSW, LCSW, LCAS | 1 CE hour

Early on in my days as a therapist, a mentor said to me, “YOU are the cake, Hillary.” What does cake have to do with being a therapist?! She explained further, “Who YOU are, how YOU show up with clients, THAT is the bulk of our work as therapists. The skillsa nd tools we bring to sessions are the icing, but remember, YOU are the cake.” In this session, we will play around with the synthesis of the roots of humanistic psychology, Motivational Interviewing spirit, and who we are as therapists as tools to enhance the change process with clients. We are in this business to help people change! Come learn about the key ingredients to this process! Enhance your flavor of cake, and learn evidence-based methods of showing up in the room.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explore and assess internal and external expressions of three research based therapeutic factors
  2. Describe 8 evidence based relational therapeutic factors
  3. Compare and contrast three communication styles

Our Presenter

Hillary Bolter, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Hillary is one of those folks that inherently thinks they have great ideas and solutions for people upon first encounter (Enneagram 1!). She’s ready to jump in and FIX! When she began her MI learning process, she realized just how essential MI was going to be for her energy, effectiveness, and longevity in the helping profession!

She has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2011. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Addiction Therapist and absolutely delights in helping individuals, groups, and organizations learn the essential skills of Motivational Interviewing. She has worked as a helping professional for 20 years, ranging from working in wilderness therapy to community mental health, providing in home & school based services, as a therapist with specialties including working with anxiety, trauma, addiction, and veterans.


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.