First Person

Creative personal essays on life and family
Article November 29, 2023

Wrestling with Fear as a Jewish Therapist

Finding the Light in the Darkness

"There’s an unfamiliar pressure around my brain that’s been building since Hamas’s attack last month. My worry isn’t just for my family, it’s for... Read more

Article November 3, 2023

Reclaiming Black Imagination

The PRIDE Approach to Healing

A new approach embraces the somatic wisdom and indigenous knowledge of BIPOC clients. Read more

Article November 3, 2023

Action Man Meets Therapy Guy

Switching Careers in Midlife

When a journalist and rock climber decides to become a therapist, he embarks on a new understanding of himself. Read more

Article November 3, 2023

The Anxious Warrior

Fighting Fear with Krav Maga

An anxious mom steps out of her fortress of solitude and onto the martial-arts mat. Read more

Article November 3, 2023

Let's Talk About Death—and Pass the Cookies

How Death Cafés Can Enrich Our Lives

What is a death café? And why do so many people find them therapeutic? Read more

Article November 3, 2023

The Long, Lonely Trek to Licensure

Is Becoming a Therapist Harder than Ever?

Many beginning therapists are burning out and leaving the field before they’re able to gain their professional footing. How can we support them better? Read more

Article September 1, 2023
Arnoldo Cantú

There’s a big, hairy problem shadowing our field: what, exactly, is a mental disorder? Is using diagnostic language helping or hurting our clients? The way... Read more

Article September 1, 2023

Just This, Nothing Next

Facing Old Age with Trepidation and Grace

Getting old is often a surprise, even when we’ve spent decades trying to get comfortable with the vicissitudes of aging. Read more

Article August 3, 2023

Awakening the Warrior

A Black Psychologist’s Battle with Racism
Broderick Adam Sawyer

"Like my father before me I’ll continue to wage war against racism, confident that awareness will hold my aim steady." Read more

Article July 1, 2023

The Tech-Free Vacation

A Family's Search for Lost Connection

Is there anything trickier for modern-day parents than separating a 13-year-old from an iPhone, even if it’s just for a few days? Read more

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