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Addressing Racism in the Therapy Room

Ten Ways You Can Be an Ally

Jonathon Carrington

Everyone deserves a space where they’re fully seen and heard, so it’s critical that therapists who don’t identify as people of color are knowledgeable, empathetic, and compassionate when addressing race, racism, and identity in the consulting room. Here’s a ten-point framework for developing greater cultural competency.

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My Biggest Challenge as a Therapist

The Hardest Things About Practice

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Therapy is hard work. But what are therapy’s biggest challenges, and how do therapists overcome them? Here, five therapists share the clinical challenge that tested them, frustrated them, continues to stump them, and made them the therapists they are today.

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I’m Ready for a New Challenge

Five Clinicians Weigh In

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A therapist is ready for a new challenge, a new context in which to put their clinical skills to work. Here, five clinicians offer practical guidance on finding rewarding projects.

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The Playful Therapist

Bringing Levity and Humor to the Work

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A therapist feels her sessions are getting a little dry and is looking for a way to bring play and humor into the work. Five therapists share how they do it in their own practices.

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Retirement from the Inside Out

A Late-Life Identity Crisis

Connie Zweig

The loss of roles, structure, and purpose that accompanies retirement may trigger a late-life identity crisis. As clinicians, we need to assist clients in asking a deeper question: “Who am I now?”

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To Take Notes or Not to Take Notes?

When a Valuable Tool Becomes a Distraction

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When a therapist begins to sense that her in-session note taking may be distracting her clients and impeding their work together, she begins to wonder whether it's doing more harm than good. Five therapists offer their take on how to proceed.

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Should Therapists Go Back to an Office?

Deepening Our Work “Off Stage”

Mark O'Connell

Seeing clients through the COVID-19 crisis has shown us not only that psychotherapy can be effective outside the traditional frame—complete with an office, couch, and a therapist who never breaks character—but also that shattering the frame when necessary, and allowing our humble humanness to be present, is actually necessary to connect with each unique client.

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Forging Your Own Path

A Graduate Student’s Training Dilemma

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A graduate student has to pick a focus to train on, but is unsure of which to choose. Here, clinicians offer advice.

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The Pager Incident

From Therapeutic Stagnation to Growth

Daniela Gitlin

A decades-long therapeutic relationship shares some of the same elements as a marriage of similar length: the commitment to stay, the ups and downs, the intimacy, and the tendency to fall into the rut of assuming you know the other person. Keeping both fresh requires a strong bond, a willingness to be vulnerable, and most importantly, a willingness to learn from the consequences of your actions.

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Navigating the Rift

A Therapeutic Rupture and the Art of Repair

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After being insulted by a difficult client, this therapist doesn't know how to proceed. Here, seven clinicians weigh in.

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