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Therapist SOS (Strategies of Self-Care)

Demanding Days and Decompressing Head to Toe

Sandra Wartski

While most clinicians know that self-care is a personal and professional responsibility, and we all want to prevent burnout, we don’t always fully accept and commit to this goal. Since our profession is unique in that one of the most essential “instruments” of our work is ourselves, staying fine-tuned through ongoing self-awareness and regular, mindful personal-battery recharging is imperative.

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When Medication Gets in the Way

Listening, Collaborating, and Helping Clients “Choose Their Own Adventure”

Psychotherapy Networker

If a client repeatedly complained about the negative side effects of their anti-anxiety medication, what would you do? Advocate for or against the meds, even though you're not a psychiatrist? Do some deep exploration around those complaints? Schedule a call with the client's prescriber? Something else? Here, five therapists share how they'd proceed.

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Should I Hand My Crying Client a Tissue?

Reading Between the Tears, Permission-Giving, and More

Psychotherapy Networker

When clients cry in therapy, should you pass the tissues? And what do you say? One clinician worries his clients might interpret passing tissues as him rushing them through whatever they're feeling. To tissue, or not to tissue? Five therapists share how they usually respond.

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Cutting the Cord

A Psychoanalytic Approach to Getting Unstuck

Jordan Dann

According to psychoanalysis, we all carry an imago—an image of our parents inside of us. But what do you do when the negative, traumatic, or unconscious aspects of that image end up directing your behavior?

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Three Myths About Domestic Violence

…And How Social Media is Changing the Way Clients Think About It

Kaytee Gillis

If more of your clients are bringing up the subject of domestic and intimate partner violence, you’re not alone. Increasing media coverage and discussions about domestic violence on social media is opening the door. Before talking to your own clients about domestic and intimate partner violence, here are three myths you should know about.

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The Five-Minute Meditation

Finding Compassion and Kindness During Tough Times

Susan Pollak

I’ve been finding a particular short meditation practice helpful in supporting my clients during this period of sadness, loss, and exhaustion. It’s more gentle than many traditional breath practices of meditation, which can be difficult for people to do, even during good times. Here's how it works.

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Building Distress Tolerance

Strategies for Working with Clients with OCD

Alissa Jerud

Encouraging anxious clients to face their fears is widely accepted as the gold-standard approach for treating anxiety-related disorders, including OCD. But a growing body of research suggests that our emphasis on habituation can undermine the real goal of exposure therapy. 

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Two Years In, This Therapist is Angry

Addressing the Anxiety Underneath

Margaret Wehrenberg

When the pandemic first struck, I was concerned about its impact yet able to handle the anxiety about infection pretty well. After all, managing anxiety is my stock-in-trade ability. But two years later, what I feel most of the time now is anger, so I’ve been using my anxiety management skills to figure out what exactly is going on with me.

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Covid Comes to Therapy

Navigating Collective Trauma

Patrick Dougherty

For a few years now, I’ve worked with groups around the world to address collective trauma. Our focus is usually on something that had happened elsewhere and in the past: never had I imagined that, with the advent of COVID, I’d find myself so deeply entrenched in an immediate and ongoing collective trauma. One group of men, with whom I’d been working for many years, was particularly affected.

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My Client Needs Help with Something That Isn’t My Specialty

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Psychotherapy Networker

Andrew has started showing symptoms of OCD. He’s struggled with anxiety for a while, but the pandemic seems to have been a tipping point for him. His therapist, who works in a rural area and doesn't specialize in treating OCD, doesn’t have many options for referrals and isn't sure how to help. Five clinicians share how they'd handle the situation.

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