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How to Help Our Nervous Systems During a Pandemic

… Finding Ventral Vagal for Our Clients and Ourselves

Deb Dana

By Deb Dana - We have a biological need to be in connection with others that’s being challenged right now. Even if we’re staying at home with others—children, a partner, a mammalian pet—our nervous systems are asking to be cared for in a way that we're not used to doing.

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The Mentor Who Changed My Therapy Practice

…And How Two Little Words Changed Everything

Chris Lyford

By Chris Lyford - While therapeutic skill is the product of years of practice and self-determination, most clinicians need a mentor: someone who takes them under their wing and inspires them to be a better therapist. The five clinicians whose stories you’re about to read all agree on one thing: seeing how their mentors practice left an indelible mark on their personal and professional development that still resonates today.

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Nine Simple Interventions for Depression

…During COVID-19 and All Challenging Times

Janina Fisher

By Janina Fisher - Given the way our lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic, a lot of our clients will exhibit signs of depression. Here are some simple Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions that can help those who are feeling depressed and alone—and that are easily worked into a video session.

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VIDEO: Peter Levine on Healing Trauma

The Key to Holding Space for Our Clients

Peter Levine

Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing pioneer, shares a personal story about moving through trauma in this clip from the 2020 Networker Virtual Symposium. 

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VIDEO: Attachment Theory in 9 Minutes

Sue Johnson Breaks Down the Core Tenets

Susan Johnson

Perhaps now more than ever, maintaining strong relationships is crucial to our emotional well-being. In this video clip from the 2020 Virtual Symposium, EFT originator Sue Johnson explains the core tenets of attachment theory.

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A Technophobic Therapist and COVID-19

United in Uncertainty

Alicia Muñoz

By Alicia Muñoz - In the last few weeks, as the specter of contagion has rapidly grown more ominous with each news cycle, an unthinkable professional reality has emerged for therapists, one that favors technophiles over technophobes. I’m a technophobe—through and through—and a therapist.

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March Quandary: Yikes, I’m Attracted to My Client!

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Psychotherapy Networker

A therapist finds her client attractive and says their conversations sometimes border on flirtatious. She says she'd never act on these feelings, but worries about how it might affect their work together. She's also not sure whether to bring this up, how she might do so, and whether to refer him out. Five clinicians share how they'd handle the situation.

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Reflections on Remote Work with Clients

New Lessons on the Space Between Us

Maggie Mulqueen

By Maggie Mulqueen - As a therapist, I've always liked to work a certain way, in person, face to face in my cozy office. But when the coronavirus hit and I repurposed a guest bedroom into a makeshift office, I learned some surprising lessons about connecting with clients over video.

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Compassion During Quarantine

A Simple Practice for Our Clients and Ourselves

Susan Pollak

By Susan Pollak - I particularly like the suggestion to use the time we spend washing our hands during this pandemic to build up mindful compassion in ourselves. So, rather than sing the rather insipid “Happy Birthday to Me” song for 20 seconds, why not repeat these compassion phrases instead? I’m finding that this simple version helps my clients feel more connected and less helpless as they go through their day.

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VIDEO: Lori Gottlieb on Mental Health and the Coronavirus

Productive vs. Unproductive Anxiety, and More

Lori Gottlieb

In this highlight from the 2020 Networker Virtual Symposium, therapist and author Lori Gottlieb talks about maintaining our mental health amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the concept of "both/and," and the difference between productive and unproductive anxiety.

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