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VIDEO: Creating a Safe Space to Talk about Racial Trauma

Self-Exploration, Soft Introductions, and Leaving a Door Open

Lambers Fisher, Deran Young, Amber Flynn

How can white clinicians create a safe space in therapy for clients of color to talk about racial trauma? And if clients don't bring it up, should the therapist? Four mental health professionals give their perspectives on how to open the conversation.

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A Therapist’s Response to Social Injustices

A Call to See, Feel, Act

Lambers Fisher

More than ever, therapists can use their role as helping professionals to contribute to positive change in their communities. Here are three important ways we can all meet this challenge.

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My Journey to Become a Therapist

Three Stories about Following a Calling

Psychotherapy Networker

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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The Surprising Intimacy of Phone Sessions

Video Chat Isn’t Necessarily Better

Daniela Gitlin

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

Psychotherapy Networker

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

Psychotherapy Networker

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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What Self-Care Means to Me

Therapists on Boundaries, Outlets, and More

Psychotherapy Networker

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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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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