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46. (From the Archive) Revolutionizing Therapy: A Panel Discussion on the Pros and Cons of AI in Clinical Work

AI continues to make its way into many more aspects of our lives, including psychotherapy. Listen as a panel of mental health colleagues discuss the ways it can be used in private practice, the pros and cons of its use in various clinical ways, and how once again tech is preceding regulations so we need to do our due diligence when considering its use. We also get into the relational and ethical implications of utilizing AI for the clinical aspects of therapy work.


“There's this standard already of professional competencies. If you go into a new modality or you're using a different medium like with telehealth, you need to be proficient and have professional competency in what you are utilizing, whether that's a modality or mode of communication. And this fits into that as well. Might you need to be informed and equipped with the knowledge to be able to make informed decisions that are going to have the best possible outcomes in terms of client care as well.” – Liath Dalton


What you’ll learn:

  • AI can be a timesaver, especially for those who are burned out and behind on progress notes and other types of clinical documentation.

  • There are some important considerations to ensure PHI is not being used or that the platforms being used are HIPAA and GDPR compliant.

  • AI can be used for so much more than progress notes and treatment plans in private practice including many non-clinical ways.

  • AI lacks the humanness to assess and interpret information. This can have implications for using it for clinical documentation in terms of making sure notes are factually correct, and also with possible implications on the client/therapeutic relationship.

  • It’s important to realize using AI is a whole new skill so clinicians need to learn how to use it ethically and appropriately, and that documents are factually correct.

  • There are considerations for having the use of AI included in the private practice informed consent to make sure clients understand how it’s being used and to maintain a good therapeutic relationship with clients.


Liath Dalton

Liath is the director of Person Centered Tech, home of the PCT Way — a system for optimizing your practice and covering your HIPAA bases in just 5 steps. Liath cares deeply about PCT's purpose of ‘helping the helpers' through providing direct support, CE training, and resources to mental health practitioners in service of establishing robust and effective practices that meet the needs of your clients and you. Liath is especially passionate about supporting and equipping practice owners in navigating the security compliance process and identifying the specific solutions and processes that meet the particular needs of their practices.

Connect with Liath & Person Centered Tech's support and resources for mental health professionals at


Kym Tolson

Kym Tolson, aka The Traveling Therapist, is an LCSW and a coach for therapists who still want to see their clients and travel the world. She has a passion for helping fellow therapists design their private practices centered around the life they want to live. 

With the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its increasing role in various aspects of private practice, Kym recognized the potential of AI tools, to revolutionize the way therapists work. As she learned to use AI in her practice, she saw the opportunity to help fellow professionals navigate the world of AI and make the most of these cutting-edge tools all while specifically addressing potential ethical issues.

Driven by her passion for empowering therapists and her belief in the positive impact AI can have on clinical documentation, Kym created the course “Revolutionize Your Practice with AI”. This comprehensive course aims to equip therapists with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively integrate AI into their practice, streamline their documentation processes, and enhance client care.

Kym's experience as a clinician, her understanding of the unique challenges therapists face, and her commitment to promoting responsible AI use make her an ideal guide for therapists who want to stay at the forefront of their field and harness the power of AI in their practice. 

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Tamara Howell

Tamara is an online therapist in private practice, course creator, paperwork geek, workshop leader, membership coach, bundle host and mastermind facilitator. She describes herself as a tech enthusiast and light AI user, and is both curious and cautious about the future of AI.


Jenny Hughes

Jenny Hughes is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma

and PTSD. In addition to her clinical work, Jenny supports helpers and healers

through the common experience of vicarious trauma. As the founder of The BRAVE Trauma Therapist Collective, Jenny helps trauma therapists become more aware of how to identify and overcome vicarious trauma, allowing them to thrive in their professional and personal lives.

Connect with Jenny:  Grab your FREE Vicarious Trauma Tracker and bonus mini-course at

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You know the ones that involve gray areas or have high risk elements?

I hear from therapists ALL THE TIME that they were never trained in a specific way to assess cases which are complicated and/or involve the many gray areas in our work.

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