September/October 2021

Editor's Note

September/October 2021
As the culture’s sanctioned authorities on mental health, therapists are still widely expected to be equanimous in the face of inner turmoil. So, outside of their own therapist’s office, many fear coming out about their own serious troubles—even in front of colleagues. Oddly enough, shame and its loyal sidekick, secrecy, still loom large in our field. The heartening news is that it’s beginning to change.
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When Therapists Struggle with Suicidality

Releasing Ourselves from Stigma and Shame

September/October 2021
Many therapists wrestle with the same problems we help our clients tame. But the myth that therapists are masters of their own mental health makes it especially shocking when one dies by suicide.
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Borrowed Tears

A Therapist Reclaims His Buried Past—and Upends His Practice

September/October 2021
When a therapist finally confronts his tendency to dissociate, his work takes a life-changing turn.

Helper Syndrome

When Are We Enough?

September/October 2021
Is the problem of compassion fatigue that we get tired of being compassionate toward others—or that we aren’t being compassionate toward ourselves?
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Vulnerable Together

Therapists Share Their Own Mental Health Struggles

September/October 2021
Despite our best intentions, sometimes our problems grow so big that they slam into our work—and the result can be surprising.

Learning the Art of Being

September/October 2021
It isn’t easy to learn self-care. Sometimes, you need to go through a fiery furnace to arrive at a place of centeredness.
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Talking About the Nightmare

September/October 2021
Sometimes, trying to stay calm under pressure sets you up for dealing with it in isolation. It feels counterintuitive to head toward vulnerability. That was my story. I was trained not to be vulnerable.

Leaning Into Grief

September/October 2021
When you do the work that we do, it’s important to find ways to take care of yourself. You can’t always carve out lots of time to devote to self-care, but we have ways to prioritize it.

Surviving the Post-Partum Storm

September/October 2021
I know this experience will give me more knowledge to help others—that’s how I have to reframe it. As I’ve recovered, I’ve felt how strong and resilient I am, and I want to help other mothers feel the same way.

Confessions of a Racing Mind

My Silent Battle with OCD

September/October 2021
A clinician with OCD stands up to stigma.
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First, Make the Bed

A Gentle Path through Depression

September/October 2021
In the throes of depression, a therapist searches for a magic bullet.

The Ambivalence Trap

Liberating Ourselves from the Pursuit of Perfection

September/October 2021
A psychiatrist questions taking her own medicine.

Love After Lockdown

What Follows Togetherness Overload

September/October 2021
For some couples, staying home together during COVID improved their sex lives. But many have reported the opposite experience. Now that re-entry is here, what are they to do?

The Therapy Beat

Surrogate Partner Therapy: Crossing Lines or Expanding Boundaries?

September/October 2021
The debate around surrogate partner therapy.

In Consultation

I’d Rather Clean the Toilet than Write Progress Notes: Making Peace With An Essential Task

September/October 2021
Writing progress notes doesn’t have to be a bore.
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Case Study

Doing Our Own Work Differently: An EMDR Portal to Our Clients’ Healing

September/October 2021
How stepping outside our comfort zone when doing our own work can change therapy for our clients.

Point of View

Unhealed Bodies: Looking at Ancestral Trauma

September/October 2021
Resmaa Menakem, author of My Grandmother’s Hands, discusses racialized trauma and a body-based path to healing.

Bookmarks

The Plasticity of Personality: Can We Switch Our Stripes?

September/October 2021
A new book explores the science of personality change.

Family Matters

Hanging Out with Dick Van Dyke: A Lesson in Stepping Up

September/October 2021
An encounter with a superstar teaches a young woman about courage.

Practice Tools - September/October 2021

The DBT Emotions Chart, adapted from Lane Pederson’s workbook The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual

September/October 2021
Your FREE practice tools download to use with clients right away.
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September/October 2021
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How Our Struggles Shape Our Practice