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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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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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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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Should I Hand My Crying Client a Tissue?

Reading Between the Tears, Permission-Giving, and More

Psychotherapy Networker

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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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 Narcissistic Client

Four Ways to Break Through

Psychotherapy Networker

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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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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Where Are You Right Now?

Setting Boundaries in Teletherapy

Talia Litman

During the pandemic, many of us have realized how convenient teletherapy can be for us and our clients. But is the flexibility of teletherapy leading to more casual behaviors that take away from the therapeutic process? Do therapists need to set new boundaries with clients to ensure that online therapy is effective?

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Fifty Years of Wisdom

Lessons from a Retired Therapist

Neil Bernstein

I practiced for almost fifty years, and just retired with a feeling of satisfaction. Here’s what I’ve learned in my journey to contentment. These are my tales from the trenches.

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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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