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My Journey to Become a Therapist

Three Stories about Following a Calling

What does it mean, exactly, to have a professional calling? When does it develop? How does it evolve as we live and grow? As these personal accounts show, a rewarding professional journey is rarely straightforward and easy. But if you can hold on tight, it’s worth it.

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VIDEO: How Can White Therapists Be Better Allies?

Deepening the Conversation around Race-Based Trauma

What does it mean to be an ally to people of color⁠? What steps can therapists take to heal race-based trauma and deepen the conversation around racial injustice in therapy and in the wider community? Several clinicians and leaders in our field share their perspectives.

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Nurturing Resilience Now

Even On Screens

Given the confluence of challenges we’re collectively facing these days, developing resilience has become more crucial than ever. We now need to ask, how can we not just bounce back, but bounce forward, to new possibilities, new perspectives, and new strengths?

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The Green Sweater

A Lesson on Listening and Privilege

A white therapist recalls a moment from early on in his training, where a misplaced sweater and the open dialogue with a Black colleague that ensued lead to a new understanding of his white privilege and racial biases.

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Some Days Are Too Much

A Therapist Gets Real about Families Struggling to Cope in Quarantine

Some clients in quarantine with their families report a constant feeling of being out of control. That danger lurks around the corner of every family interaction, and it’s part of the picture most of us aren’t reading about.

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VIDEO: Accessing Self-Compassion in a Pandemic

What Polyvagal Theory Can Teach Us about Navigating Tough Times

Life in quarantine is testing our relationships with family members and romantic partners. It's also impacting our nervous system, says therapist Deb Dana. She explains what Polyvagal Theory can teach us about re-regulating our nervous system, developing more self-compassion, and working through these tough moments.

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May Quandary: My Client Says Teletherapy Isn’t Helping

Five Therapists Weigh In

A therapist is offering teletherapy during the coronavirus pandemic, and it's working well for most of her clients. But her anxious client Sam has repeatedly said that their video sessions aren’t effective because he doesn’t feel grounded when she's not physically in the room with him. Here, five therapists share how they'd boost the impact of their teletherapy sessions with anxious clients like Sam.

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A Black Therapist in America

Speaking Out Against Learned Voicelessness

My own clinical work has become centered on issues like the anatomy of racial rage, learned voicelessness, and an array of other invisible wounds of racial oppression. But after all these years, I still have my own untold stories.

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VIDEO: Nine Sensorimotor Strategies for Depression

Trauma Expert Janina Fisher Breaks Down Her Key Interventions

What strategies do psychotherapy's most effective therapists use to treat depression? Trauma expert and bestselling author Janina Fisher breaks down nine Sensorimotor-based strategies she uses with depressed clients.

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Couples Therapy During Coronavirus

Challenges and Opportunities

A clinician who's spent almost two years doing online couples therapy shares the tips and strategies she's found especially helpful.

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The Legacies of Cultural and Historical Trauma

My Story

I not only have an expanded vision of trauma these days, but an increased sense of mission to help other therapists see the larger context of what we carry inside. It’s not a matter of dredging up a painful past, but of normalizing our interconnectedness and the emotions and behaviors that come out of it.

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VIDEO: Esther Perel on Working with Couples in Quarantine

What They Need Most Right Now

Partners in quarantine are facing distinct challenges, says couples therapist and bestselling author Esther Perel. Here, she breaks down the patterns she's seeing and shares what she's doing to help polarized couples repair their relationship.

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The Surprising Intimacy of Phone Sessions

Video Chat Isn’t Necessarily Better

In an unexpected twist, one therapist is finding phone sessions more effective than video sessions. Here's why.

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The Mentor Who Changed My Therapy Practice, Part 2

Wisdom, Revelations, and Journey-Making

No person is an island. And surely enough, no therapist hones their craft without a lot of learning and inspiration from others. Three clinicians share the personal stories of mentors who helped them become the therapists they are today.

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My Client Gets Distracted During Teletherapy, Part 2

Five More Clinicians Weigh In

As a single mother of two girls all quarantining in a small apartment, teletherapy sessions have been challenging for Marcia. She’s often distracted or pulled away by the girls. In a follow-up to this popular Quandary, five more therapists offer tips for keeping the work on track during these sessions.

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VIDEO: Peter Levine on Finding Inner Balance with Ourselves and Others

Staying Connected While Separate During Times of Uncertainty

Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing pioneer, shares what it means to stay connected and courageous during the coronavirus pandemic, in this clip from the 2020 Networker Virtual Symposium.

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What Self-Care Means to Me

Therapists on Boundaries, Outlets, and More

As any therapist will tell you, self-care is an integral part of our work. When we take care of ourselves, we take care of our clients. But what does practicing self-care look like, exactly? Here, three therapists share their own perspectives on self-care, as well as a few tips you might enjoy trying out for yourself.

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VIDEO: Janina Fisher on How Trauma Gets Stored in the Body

What It Can Teach Us About Navigating Covid-Related Stress

Research shows us that trauma is stored in the body. But how does this happen, and why? Here, trauma expert Janina Fisher explains, and shares how this knowledge can help us better understand our stress reactions to the covid-19 pandemic.

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How I Start My First Session

Icebreakers, Alliance-Building, and More

First introductions with clients can be make-or-break moments that influence therapy sessions to come. In a first meeting, how do you break through a client’s tough exterior? Convey concern? Build rapport? Here, three therapists share their guidance.

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Shedding Tears in Video Sessions

Why Have Our Clients Stopped Crying?

I’m not a therapist who judges the value of a session by the presence or absence of tears. But now that we’re a few months into the pandemic and meeting remotely, I’ve realized that, despite being in the midst of what may be the most uncertain time in their lives, my clients are hardly crying at all.

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VIDEO: Esther Perel on Our Shared Trauma

Navigating the "Parallel Process" Covid-19 Has Created

In the midst of covid-19, therapists and clients are sharing many of the same anxieties. As a therapist, how do you talk about it? In this clip from her 2020 Virtual Symposium talk, couples therapist and bestselling author Esther Perel shares how she's handling the anticipatory trauma of this time.

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April Quandary: My Client Gets Distracted During Teletherapy

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Marcia's therapist has switched to doing teletherapy. But as a single mother of two adolescent girls all quarantining in a small apartment, sessions have been especially challenging for Marcia. She’s often distracted or pulled away to tend to the girls. When she returns to the screen, she’s flustered and unfocused. Here, five therapists offer tips for keeping the work on track during these sessions.

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My New Normal, Part 2

Therapeutic Discoveries in the Time of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically shifted how almost every therapist works nowadays, in ways both expected and unexpected. Although we’re all in this together, no two stories are the same. In this follow-up to our popular blog on therapy in the age of coronavirus, three more therapists share what this new normal looks like for them.

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VIDEO: How Therapists Can Help Anxious Clients During a Pandemic

The Two Key Ingredients

The covid-19 pandemic is causing almost everyone anxiety. But for therapy clients who were already anxious, it's making symptoms much worse. Therapist and author Jonah Paquette shares the two biggest things he's doing to help them.

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Turning Points in Our Therapy Careers

Becoming the Change We Want to See

What is a turning point, exactly? And how do you know when you've reached one in your career as a therapist? Whether it's a devastating illness, or a few simple words spoken by a wise mentor, there's no denying that even small moments can radically shift the way we focus our work. Here, four therapists share stories of personal and career transformations, and the moment that began it all.

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