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Lessons from the Masters

Four Seasoned Therapists Share Their Expertise

Psychotherapy Networker

As experts in any field will tell you, the secret to honing your craft is practice, practice, practice. But a little advice doesn’t hurt either. Here, four therapists well acquainted with the ins and outs, highs and lows, and successes and challenges of practicing psychotherapy share the most valuable lessons they’ve learned during their years in practice, as well as what they wish someone had told them before they ever sat down with a client.

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Taking Vagal Virtual

Can Teletherapy Recreate Positive Social Engagement?

Marie-Pierre Cleret

I’ve begun to worry that in our headlong rush to embrace teletherapy, we’re going to train ourselves out of expecting the depth of connection and intimacy that we receive from body-to-body, gaze-to-gaze, in-person communication. In doing so, we may come to settle for an impoverished version of intimacy and connection; one that could even spill over into our lived, in-person relationships.

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The Therapist's Journey

Reflections from the Late Salvador Minuchin on His Life, Legacy, and Growing Older

Salvador Minuchin

A maverick and a visionary in the '60s and '70s, Salvador Minuchin transformed the very idea of what a therapist was supposed to be. Here, he reflects on his journey as a therapist and what clinicians need to do in order to master their craft.

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How Can I Safely Reopen My Practice?

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Psychotherapy Networker

As parts of the country start to open back up from COVID-19 lockdown measures, a therapist worries about the risk of seeing clients in person again. Five clinicians give their take on some ways she might ease back into seeing clients in her office that ensures everyone is safe.

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Five Things Seasoned Therapists Wish They'd Known

. . . And the One Question You Should Always Ask Your Clients

Psychotherapy Networker

Therapists are continuously honing their craft. Much of what we learn through trial and error, and hours upon hours sitting across from clients, we were never taught in grad school. So we asked some seasoned therapists to pass on the lessons they wish someone had told them when they were first starting out.

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The Mentor Who Changed My Therapy Practice

…And How Two Little Words Changed Everything

Psychotherapy Networker

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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Moving from Passive Allyship to Action

Three Things Therapists Can Do Right Now

Lambers Fisher, Deran Young, Amber Flynn

The recent protests against racial injustice and police brutality have left many therapists wondering what they can do to be active forces for change in the therapy room and beyond. Four mental health professionals discuss where to begin.

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Celebrating Black Therapists

An Online Community Helps Clinicians Find Their "Firsts"

Chris Lyford

Since its founding, Black Therapists Rock, a Facebook group for Black therapists, has gained tens of thousands of members. It's a resource where members can network, get clinical advice, and meet potential mentors. But it’s also where many Black therapists discover—often for the first time—a sense of community in a predominately white field.

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How Do I Make Phone Sessions Effective?

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Psychotherapy Networker

June 2020 Clinician's Quandary: Teletherapy allows therapists to notice their clients' subtle expressions, movements, and gestures. But some clients prefer phone sessions, which can make clinicians feel hindered. Here, five therapists offer tips and strategies that can help make phone sessions just as effective as those done over video.

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Managing Confidentiality

Three Things I Learned from My Small-Town Practice

Daniela Gitlin

When you practice in a rural town, sometimes it can feel like everyone is connected to each other. Instead of worrying about boundary and confidentiality violations, I've learned a strategy that embraces the dilemma instead of avoiding it.

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