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Immigration and Trauma: How Can Therapists Help?

September/October 2019
How therapists can help the traumatized community of immigrants and asylum seekers.

Point of View

Losing Our War on Stress: It’s time to reconsider our approach

January/February 2016
Psychologist Kelly McGonigal believes that stress isn’t the public health menace it’s usually made out to be—our compulsion to avoid it is often the bigger problem.

The View From Black America

Listening to the Untold Stories

November/December 2015
Many poor, young, black people see themselves as trapped behind a wall-less prison with no exits. They know all too well that their daily experience—whether it’s going to lousy schools, succumbing to drug use and abuse, or being the victims of crime and lack of employment prospects—doesn’t matter unless it disrupts the lives of the white mainstream.
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Burnout Reconsidered

What Supershrinks Can Teach Us

May/June 2015
An entire industry has sprung up to address the problem of compassion fatigue, but research indicates that the most commonly proposed answer, improved self-care, doesn’t work. In fact, the study of the most highly effective clinicians suggests that burnout isn’t related to caring too much, but continuing to care ineffectively.
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Little and Often

Using Micro-Practices for Self-Care

May/June 2015
The growing interest in micro self-care mirrors the developments in understanding self-directed neuroplasticity: small and frequent works better to create desirable neural pathways than big and seldom.

Spitting in the Client's Soup

Don’t Overthink Your Interventions

March/April 2015
In our profession, it’s often more alluring to explore new gimmicks than to acknowledge that our success largely hinges on simple, commonsense factors.

Mirror Mirror

Emotion in the Consulting Room is More Contagious Than We Thought

September/October 2004
Empathy may be the life's blood of good therapy, but scientifically, it's remained a rather fuzzy concept. Now a serendipitous lab discovery is showing how exquisitely vulnerable therapists are to "catching" their clients' vulnerabilities and perturbations.

Caring for the Caregiver

The Art of Oscillating Attention

July/August 2004
Feeling too much of what our clients feel can leave us exhausted and depleted. Increasing our own body awareness is essential to both effective treatment and self-care.

Encountering the Shadow

Face to Face with the Seduction of Violence

March/April 2004
We were therapists counseling men who broke their children's bodies, raped their wives, killed those they were closest to. How could I describe the black pit widening in my gut each year, the gray haze like a smoky window through which I viewed the world, my husband's growing anxiety about my lengthening periods of silence?

The Dangers of Empathy

Understanding the Keys to Vicarious Traumatization

July/August 2002
Emergency relief or other work with traumatized people is always demanding and wearing: it frequently poses the risk of vicariously traumatizing caretakers, and yet, our field isn't well prepared to help them. As a matter of course, we recommend supervision for therapists and social workers, and we encourage clinicians to discuss difficult cases with colleagues, but we don't always recognize that, for people working with traumatized clients, just talking about it may not be enough.
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