Johanne is a Danish psychologist trained in behavioral methods and the co-founder of It's Complicated. She completed her education as a psychologist at the University of Copenhagen in 2013, with a master's degree and experience within the fields of narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Jade Lin
Remember when I mentioned my ex-colleague who believed therapists should work full-time to be considered genuinely trustworthy?
Well, even though I might always associate him with this statement that I so lividly disagreed with, he had many other opinions that I found myself nodding along to..
One that particularly resonated with me was: “The best way to learn is to teach.” He went on to encourage me to share my knowledge with our Berlin-based therapist community, introducing them to narrative therapy and my favourite techniques from that modality. I took his advice, and the experience was so rewarding.
Interestingly, the idea that ‘the best way to learn is to teach’ isn’t just an opinion; it’s backed by some of the greatest minds in history. Stoic philosopher Seneca once said, ‘While we teach, we learn,’ highlighting the symbiotic relationship between imparting knowledge and personal growth. Similarly, Nobel laureate physicist Robert Oppenheimer believed that ‘There is no better way to learn than to teach.’ The act of teaching forces us to distill complex ideas into understandable parts, deepening our own understanding in the process.
Even Albert Einstein affirmed this sentiment. He famously said, ‘If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough,’ implying that teaching is a litmus test for mastery.
This philosophy cuts to the heart of how we want to empower the therapists at It’s Complicated. We believe that our therapists, with their wealth of knowledge and experience, are uniquely positioned to educate others, not just provide therapy. That’s why we’re developing tools to support our therapists to create their own courses. By doing so, they can share their insights with the world at large, learn from the process, and ultimately provide even better care for their clients.
So, stay tuned as we work on making this vision a reality. Because we believe that the best therapists are not only those who listen and guide but also those who teach and learn.