FAQ for Trucker Therapy

What led you to specialize in truck drivers?
When I was a new therapist, I happened to have a lot of truck driver clients.  I quickly discovered that they were unable to keep their appointments, or they had to take weeks off of work to make weekly therapy appointments.  Neither option was good, so I founded Trucker Therapy to bring services to the drivers and their families via phone, Skype, and Facetime.

How do your services regarding truckers vary from the typical counselor?
Actually, they are fairly similar.  I specialize in helping drivers and their families with Anger, Stress, and Relationship problems.  Repeatedly, my clients say they appreciate that I understand the trucking lifestyle and the isolation/stress/family problems unique to truckers and their families.  They also seem to like the fact that they do not have to explain their profession to me, unlike many therapists who use a lot of the session trying to understand the trucker lifestyle.

What are the most common issues drivers present with?
I talk with a lost of truckers who feel isolated, sad, and depressed.  I also talk with a lost of family members of truckers who are frustrated with communication breakdowns and related relationship problems due to the fact that their loved one is on the road for so long.

What have the drivers taught you about life? Driving? Yourself?
I have learned a great deal about the traveling lifestyle and how it brings a lot of freedom, joy, and sorrow--all at the same time.  I have also learned the need for occasional physical contact with others, as well as how a husband and wife team can stress each other out to the max due to being too close.  I've also picked up several safety tips about driving and I have learned about how there are a lot of blind spots on a truck.  I recently installed Airtabs on my Subaru Outback and it seems to have increased the efficiency by 2mpg on the highway.  I would never have guessed that my trucker clients would help me to drive more efficiently.  :)

If you weren’t a therapist, what would you do?
I would work at a phone based tech support company, similar to what I did in college.

What’s the most difficult thing about being a therapist for drivers?
It is difficult to get the drivers to reach out when they are having problems.  I have many clients and friends in the trucking industry who tell me they have urged other drivers to call, but the percentage of drivers who actually call is quite low.  Many drivers find it so difficult to talk about their problems and/or don't believe talking about their problems will be helpful.

What’s your favorite part about being involved in the trucking industry?
My wife and I just went to the OOIDA Truck Show.  We had a blast talking with friends and looking at trucks.  We also go to Expedite Expo and MATS.  Meeting people and seeing friends at the truck show is fun.  The drive to the OOIDA Truck Show is a lot of fun (about 500 miles for us) and then the show itself is another adventure.  Of course, talking with truckers and hearing their story is great.  I remember when drivers started Skyping me and I would see the steering wheel at the bottom of the screen.  There is just something very neat about that.  I really felt like an official trucker therapist the first time a big rig pulled up to my office, set the brakes, and my client jumped out of the truck for a face-to-face session.

If you had one thing to share with the trucking community, what would that be?
Take your home time and remember to interact with your friends and family on a regular basis.

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