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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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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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VIDEO: Gabor Maté on Making Sense of Our Pain

Finding a Pathway to Compassion for Ourselves and Others

Gabor Maté

What can we do to do to address the overwhelming anxiety in our lives right now? What can we do to be kinder to ourselves, to be in a better position to effect positive change, as therapists and as human beings? Physician, trauma expert, and bestselling author Gabor Maté offers his perspective.

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White Therapists, Here’s What Your Black Colleagues Want You to Know

20 Therapists of Color on Race-Based Trauma

Lisa Savage and Kim Knight

For people of color, the murder of George Floyd reignites centuries of collective grief and trauma. Here, the two founders of Clinicians of Color share some of their members’ experiences with race-based trauma as well as their guidance on how white therapists can better support them and clients of color.

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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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VIDEO: How Can White Therapists Be Better Allies?

Deepening the Conversation around Race-Based Trauma

Gail Parker, Monnica Williams, and S. Kent Butler

What does it mean to be an ally to people of color⁠? What steps can therapists take to heal race-based trauma and deepen the conversation around racial injustice in therapy and in the wider community? Several clinicians and leaders in our field share their perspectives.

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The Green Sweater

A Lesson on Listening and Privilege

Kevin Roth

A white therapist recalls a moment from early on in his training, where a misplaced sweater and the open dialogue with a Black colleague that ensued lead to a new understanding of his white privilege and racial biases.

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The Legacies of Cultural and Historical Trauma

My Story

Anita Mandley

I not only have an expanded vision of trauma these days, but an increased sense of mission to help other therapists see the larger context of what we carry inside. It’s not a matter of dredging up a painful past, but of normalizing our interconnectedness and the emotions and behaviors that come out of it.

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Couples Therapy During Coronavirus

Challenges and Opportunities

Sara Schwarzbaum

A clinician who's spent almost two years doing online couples therapy shares the tips and strategies she's found especially helpful.

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VIDEO: Esther Perel on Working with Couples in Quarantine

What They Need Most Right Now

Esther Perel

Partners in quarantine are facing distinct challenges, says couples therapist and bestselling author Esther Perel. Here, she breaks down the patterns she's seeing and shares what she's doing to help polarized couples repair their relationship.

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