You want to be the most effective psychotherapist you can be. I can help.

Graduate students, trainees, clinical interns and those new to this field often worry about what to say and what steps they can take to become an effective psychotherapist. This is a natural, but temporary phase. I've been there and I can relate.

You can develop the confidence and counseling skills of a senior clinician. And, you can do it quickly.

This website was created for clinical interns, trainees and newly licensed psychotherapists to give you the best information to help you develop your clinical skills. My goal is to foster your growth as a counselor and to help you provide the best service for your clients.

Some topics to be covered on this website:

  • Writing Clinical Case and Charting Notes.

    Writing effective case notes is a needed skill for every clinician, but how can one learn to chart clearly and correctly? Learn about the different types of Charting Notes, how to write Case Notes and awesome Case Presentations.

  • Conducting Clinical Assessments.

    Conducting clinical assessments is a skill all clinicians must have. A proper assessment forms the basis of all diagnosis. See the questions used to conduct a broad Clinical Assessment, an Assessment for Substance Abuse and how to conduct a Safety Assessment.

  • Understanding Substance Abuse.

    Understanding substance abuse is not always easy. Determing why one person develops a problem and another doesn't can seem like a mystery. Obtain a useful introductory understanding of Substance Abuse, Co-dependency, ACA and Relapse Prevention.

  • Personal Growth.

    We all want our lives to be better and to improve our clients lives. Most clients come to therapy to make changes. Learn the basics about Anger Management, Stress Management, Preventing Burnout, Balancing Work and Family, Stages of Change and How to Overcome Fear.

  • Family and Relationships.

    Relationships are somewhat sloppy. Living with others can create conflicts. This section will teach the basics on Parenting Kids, Parenting Adolescents, How Arguments Happen and The Goal of Couples - How to Communicate Better.

  • Secrets of a Psychotherapist.

    You want to help your clients. I wrote Secrets of a Psychotherapist and created this website so you could learn the distilled experiences of a seasoned therapist providing you a healthy confidence and resilience helping you to sustain success in this profession.


Psychotherapists will ask questions all day long, but there are two questions all therapists should ask themselves. Find out what they are...

The Two Most Important Questions You Should Ask.

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About The Author:

I'm a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in a wide range of treatment settings.

In 1990 I obtained my California Marriage and Family Therapist license. I then became a Certified Employee Assistance Professional in 1995 and a certified mediator in 1997. In 1993 and 2004, I was trained in Disaster Response and in 2003 I became a qualified DOT Substance Abuse Professional.

I have worked for the past 19 years in the Employee Assistance Program for the largest employer in San Francisco, CA. I’ve seen well over two thousand people in this setting, held countless psycho-educational workshops, provided hundreds of consultations and scores of Critical Incident Stress Debriefings. I have trained clinical interns for 15 years.

All this taken under consideration, I have the skills and experience needed to teach beginning therapists what they need to know in order to succeed. In addition to my professional experience, I have been married for 15 years, have two daughters, one cat and one beagle.


It's a great feeling to know you have helped someone: to know that your clients are making changes toward improving their lives.

This website was created to help you become an effective counselor. It is packed with useful information that will load up your clinical toolkit, help you develop useful clinical skills and catapult your clients toward making the changes they are seeking.

This website is not intended to replace your educational or training programs. These webpages are for information only.

I want to help empower you and foster your career. I suggest you get every cent and educational experience you can out of your school. Ask every question needed of your teachers, supervisors and mentors.

For comments, questions or if you want me to send you the upcoming content additions to this website you can contact me.


Writing Clinical Case Notes
Writing effective case notes is a needed skill for every clinician. But how can one learn to chart clearly and correctly?
Conducting Clinical Assessments
Conducting clinical assessments is a skill all clinicians must have. Your interaction and evaluation of your client must start somewhere.
Delivering an Effective Case Presentation
Follow this 11 section format to deliver an awesome case presentation.
Understanding Substance Abuse
Understanding substance abuse is not always easy. Why one person develops a problem and another doesn't can seem a mystery.
You Can Be Therapeutic - Even Without A License
You don't need a license to be therapeutic. Here's how.
A psychotherapist will ask questions all day long. Here are the two most importa
There are two questions every psychotherapist should ask. Find out what they are...
Personal Development
We all want life to be better. In the following webpages on Personal Development learn the basics of Stress Management, Anger Management and Balancing Work and Family
For comments and questions, feel free to get in touch with me.
Contact Jeff Lintner, MFT, CEAP
How arguments happen - and how to avoid them!
How arguments happen is not a mystery. Learn the six steps of an argument and how to avoid one.