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How I Start My First Session

Icebreakers, Alliance-Building, and More

Psychotherapy Networker

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?

Maggie Mulqueen

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

Esther Perel

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

Psychotherapy Networker

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

Psychotherapy Networker

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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Turning Points in Our Therapy Careers

Becoming the Change We Want to See

Psychotherapy Networker

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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My New Normal

How Our Work Has Changed Since Coronavirus

Psychotherapy Networker

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. Here, three therapists share what this new normal looks like for them.

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The Mentor Who Changed My Therapy Practice

…And How Two Little Words Changed Everything

Chris Lyford

By Chris Lyford - While therapeutic skill is the product of years of practice and self-determination, most clinicians need a mentor: someone who takes them under their wing and inspires them to be a better therapist. The five clinicians whose stories you’re about to read all agree on one thing: seeing how their mentors practice left an indelible mark on their personal and professional development that still resonates today.

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A Technophobic Therapist and COVID-19

United in Uncertainty

Alicia Muñoz

By Alicia Muñoz - In the last few weeks, as the specter of contagion has rapidly grown more ominous with each news cycle, an unthinkable professional reality has emerged for therapists, one that favors technophiles over technophobes. I’m a technophobe—through and through—and a therapist.

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March Quandary: Yikes, I’m Attracted to My Client

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Psychotherapy Networker

A therapist finds her client attractive and says their conversations sometimes border on flirtatious. She says she'd never act on these feelings, but worries about how it might affect their work together. She's also not sure whether to bring this up, how she might do so, and whether to refer him out. Five clinicians share how they'd handle the situation.

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