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Wartime Trauma Treatment

Reflections from a Therapist Treating Ukrainian Survivors

Elaine Miller-Karas

A therapist specializing in trauma treatment in the wake of human-made and natural disasters shares what she's seeing in her work with survivors of the war in Ukraine.

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Is There Meaning in Loss? (Part 2)

Four More Therapists Weigh In

Psychotherapy Networker

Our last Clinician’s Quandary on helping clients—and ourselves—navigate grief work received an overwhelming number of responses. So many, in fact, that we’ve decided to make it a two-parter. Here are four more of our top responses.

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COVID Trauma

The Invisible Pandemic

Judith Markey

What can we do in the face of our current crisis? There are no clear answers or easy fixes. As providers, we must endeavor to do what we teach our patients: in an out-of-control situation that we cannot change, we can only control how we respond to our own fear and trauma, and, for us therapists, that also means the secondary trauma we experience as a result of our work.

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Is There Meaning in Loss?

Helping Our Clients and Ourselves Navigate Grief Work

Psychotherapy Networker

Many grief specialists talk about helping clients finding meaning after loss. But often, loss feels meaningless. One therapist working with grieving clients isn't sure how to help them conceptualize loss or work through it. Here, five therapists offer advice, explaining how they do grief work—with themselves and their clients.

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The Grieving Therapist

Take a Break, or Keep Going?

Psychotherapy Networker

What practical guidance can you offer a therapist whose personal grief is so deep that she's finding it hard to stay present for clients? Six clinicians weigh in.

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Grief Anniversaries

Acknowledging Loss a Year Later

Margaret Wehrenberg

It’s critical for clinicians to recognize anniversary reactions. When clients describe their experiences as depression, we naturally think of solutions like prescribing medication, talking about relationships, or finding ways to raise energy and reframe negative thoughts. But those methods to lift mood won’t be productive when the suffering is mourning. Grief requires a different process than depression: reflecting on the loss, which is real and should be honored as significant.

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The Year of Canceled Plans

Coping with Loss as Disappointment

Margaret Wehrenberg

As all of us in the United States move into the coming months, a full year into COVID life, our personal losses will come into focus. If we don’t process them, they’ll be magnified. As therapists, we can be on the lookout for symptoms of anniversary reactions in our clients, and with our help, our clients can both recognize what they’ve lost and what they can still share with their friends and family.

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Finding Wholeness after Loss

The Journey of Grief Groups

Sherry Cormier

The word healing means to make whole, but coming to a sense of wholeness after a significant loss is a difficult process that can’t be rushed.

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VIDEO: In the Valley of the Shadow

A Clinician Shares Her Most Therapeutic Moment

Margaret Nichols

Of the thousands of meaningful sessions that take place in a therapist’s office, certain ones stand out. During the Networker Symposium's evening of storytelling, clinician Margie Nichols shared a transformational story from her own life in therapy.

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VIDEO: The Found and the Lost

A Transformation

Terry Real

Of all the meaningful sessions that take place in a therapist’s office, certain ones stand out. In this Symposium storytelling highlight, couples therapist Terry Real shares a memorable moment from his work.

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