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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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Setting the Stage for the Dance

Erica Hornthal

From her book Body Aware author Erica Hornthal shares mindful exercises that will help with self-regulation of your emotional thermostat.

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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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A Simple Practice for Finding Light in the Dark

Helping Kids Remain Calm When the World Seems Scary

Susan Pollak

Given the wildfires, Covid variants, hurricanes, droughts, earthquakes and periods of social unrest that abound these days, the world can feel like a scary place. Use this quick meditation to help find comfort during sleepless nights.

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Managing Therapist Burnout

Eight Tips for Resetting in the New Year

Kate Sample

How do we hit the reset button as we begin a new year? Research on burnout across professions says the answer isn’t less work but rather more meaning and an increased sense of efficacy.

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Bottom-Up Gratitude

An AEDP Approach

Judy Silvan

A core tenet of AEDP teaches us that humans have a built-in, primitive drive to seek out healing attachment, that if something inside us feels wrong, we move toward fixing it.

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Out of Office

Therapists’ Passions and What They Teach Us about Practice

Psychotherapy Networker

Therapists aren’t just therapists. We’re people, with interests, hobbies, and passions that not only give us fulfilment outside of work, but enhance our ability to return to the office day after day with a clear head and renewed focus. And some therapists’ passions, it turns out, are pretty darn cool.

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It's Never Too Late

Dan Siegel Shares a Life-Changing Therapeutic Moment

Dan Siegel

By Daniel Siegel - A therapist’s skill base and experience are vital to good therapy. But they’re rarely enough. The following story, taken from Daniel Siegel's 2017 Networker Symposium Dinner Storytelling piece, highlights the need to bring vulnerability and some measure of risk into the treatment room, letting go of any secret ambition to become a Master of the Therapeutic Universe. There’s no such person.

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Training the Heart and Mind

A Message from Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield

Clinical psychologist and author Jack Kornfield has been instrumental in bringing mindfulness to Western audiences. With candor and humor, he shares a moving story about how mindfulness can make us more patient, compassionate human beings, and explains what it means for therapists to be "heart-holders" in today's society.

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Linda Graham on Developing Resiliency

How can therapists help clients train their resiliency "muscles"?

Linda Graham

In the past, resilience was thought of as an immutable trait: something we're born with that predetermines how well we can tolerate stress. In reality, Linda Graham explains, “resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity.” It's something that can be developed with training, like a muscle.

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