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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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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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