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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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When Medication Gets in the Way

Listening, Collaborating, and Helping Clients “Choose Their Own Adventure”

Psychotherapy Networker

If a client repeatedly complained about the negative side effects of their anti-anxiety medication, what would you do? Advocate for or against the meds, even though you're not a psychiatrist? Do some deep exploration around those complaints? Schedule a call with the client's prescriber? Something else? Here, five therapists share how they'd proceed.

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How I Start and End Therapy

Six Clinicians Weigh In

Psychotherapy Networker

Unfortunately, there's no playbook for beginning and ending therapy. So how do you make first and last sessions not only less awkward, but memorable and meaningful? Here, six clinicians share some ways they've made beginnings and endings more impactful, for themselves and their clients.

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The Therapy Mistake That Changed Me

Three Stories of Professional Growth

Psychotherapy Networker

We all make mistakes. But oftentimes, it’s the mistakes that help us grow the most, personally and professionally. Here, three therapists share their stories about the learning experiences, recalibrations, and “happy accidents” that helped make them the knowledgeable, capable clinicians they are today.

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Should I Hand My Crying Client a Tissue?

Reading Between the Tears, Permission-Giving, and More

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When clients cry in therapy, should you pass the tissues? And what do you say? One clinician worries his clients might interpret passing tissues as him rushing them through whatever they're feeling. To tissue, or not to tissue? Five therapists share how they usually respond.

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A Feeling of Fullness

Reflections on Therapy with Kids in Foster Care

Edvardo Archer

With plenty of misconceptions about treating traumatized children, one clinician shares why it's a chance to help them share their stories and a personal journey that helps us better understand our own.

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The Narcissistic Client

Four Ways to Break Through

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Whether it's vanity, a failure to take constructive criticism, mistreating family and friends, or lacking empathy for others, clients with narcissistic traits can be incredibly frustrating to work with. Here, four therapists offer their takes on making the work a little easier.

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Should You Tell Your Clients Why You're Canceling?

When to Self-Disclose, Preserving the Therapeutic Alliance, and More

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If you have to cancel an appointment and your client asks you why, how much should you disclose? Here, four clinicians share how they'd respond.

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The Power of Humor

Five Ways Therapists Put This “Best Medicine” to Use

Psychotherapy Networker

Therapy can be serious, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for a joke here and there. Here, clinicians share how they used humor to help clients dispel negative self-talk, build stronger relationships, realize what’s really important to them, and walk through life a little easier.

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Confessions of a Psychological First Responder

A Different Approach to the Healing Craft

Michael Verano

A therapist who also provides psychological first aid after critical incidents opens up about his work and shares why it's been the most challenging—and rewarding—experience of his professional life.

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