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Why Would Anybody Become a Therapist?

Reflecting on the Soul of Our Professional Identity

Barry L. Duncan

By Barry Duncan - It’s no secret that this is a tough time to be a therapist. In public agencies, we’re underpaid, overworked, and held to unattainable "productivity standards." So why would anybody choose to enter such a field? Recent findings reveal that therapists stay in the profession not because of material rewards, but because they value connecting deeply with clients and helping them to improve.

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When Money Comes Up in Therapy

Two Ways to Make Your Fee Policies Clear and Easy to Talk About

Lynne Stevens

By Lynne Stevens - Most therapists were never coached about how to reconcile the closeness of the therapeutic encounter with the fact that therapy is also a business. It has taken me years to understand that therapy is not separate from the exchange of money. I am in this profession because I care and have skills and knowledge that can help, and I also need to make a living.

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Finding (and Marketing) Your Therapy Passion

3 Ways to Define Your Niche and Clarify Your Practice

Dick Anderson

By Dick Anderson - Defining your niche is an essential exercise for everyone, novice or experienced, who intends to market a product or service. Ironically, most of us haven't been encouraged to think through what makes us unique in our profession. Here are three suggestions to keep in mind when considering what's special about you and your services.

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The Cult of DSM

Ending Our Allegiance to the Great Gazoo

Gary Greenberg

By Gary Greenberg - Written just after the release of DSM-5, this masterfully sardonic look at the diagnostic charade many practitioners play argued that it was finally time to take the dissatisfaction with DSM seriously and find an alternative to an increasingly empty ritual.

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The Essential Tasks of Brief Therapy

Meeting Treatment Goals in Just Eight Sessions

Robert Taibbi

By Robert Taibbi - We all know the essential tasks of the first session in any kind of therapy: building rapport and a sense of collaboration, assessing and diagnosing, and formulating and offering a preliminary treatment plan. The tasks in brief therapy aren't different, but they're done in less time--meaning that therapists need to get to work immediately, and there's little leeway for mistakes.

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Becoming a More Entrepreneurial Therapist

Marketing Your Therapy Practice in the Age of the Educated Consumer

Lynn Grodzki

By Lynn Grodzki - The expectation of a full caseload of long-term clients who don’t question the length or expense of treatment belongs to a former age. Like it or not, therapists who wish to stay in business need to grasp the difference between the patients of yesterday and the educated mental health consumers of today.

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The Free Therapy Movement of Give an Hour

Therapists Extend Their Reach to Veterans in Need

Chris Lyford

By Chris Lyford - Since its founding in 2005, the Give an Hour organization has created a nationwide network of nearly 7,000 social workers, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, couples therapists, and substance-abuse counselors who’ve committed one hour a week to doing free counseling with members of the military and their families.

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Protecting Your Therapy Clients in an Age of Technology

Ensuring Client Confidentiality by Being a Tech-Savvy Therapist

Alli Spotts-De Lazzer

By Alli Spotts-De Lazzer - If you're a psychotherapist who uses any portable device to communicate with or about patients, it's vitally important to assess confidentiality risks and implement data security before a theft or loss occurs. Although no security is 100 percent foolproof, you can make reasonable and appropriate efforts to protect confidential data.

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Practice at the Intersection of Psychotherapy and Coaching

Using Coaching Techniques to Encourage, Challenge, and Motivate Your Therapy Clients

Lynn Grodzki

By Lynn Grodzki - A new style of working has emerged that integrates the in-depth understanding of traditional therapy with the experience of being instructed, pushed, and challenged identified with coaching. But can a clinician effectively encompass both styles with the same client?

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New Choices for New Times

Giving Our Field a Boost

William Doherty

By William Doherty - Lately, psychotherapy seems to be suffering the same fate as many other professions that have declined in their cultural support and public clout. A big part of our problem is that our clinical models have assumed a level of universal truth about human functioning that transcends culture and history, but when the culture changes, then the model becomes outdated. What to do? Here’s a road map to a future of relevance.

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