Doing Self-Care by Yourself Isn't Always Enough
By Patrick Dougherty - In the sea of trauma that surrounds us in our daily lives and in our offices, self-care is a life jacket. But collective trauma needs a collective response. Being part of a group of therapists dedicated to talking about vicarious trauma and sharing their own experiences is more than a life jacket—it's a human lifeboat, one with more resilience than we could ever generate alone.
Three Simple Breathing Techniques and How They Work
By Patrick Dougherty - When clients focus on their own breathing, they're making the most fundamental mind-body connection. Regardless of what they're talking about—childhood trauma, a painful marriage, or just the struggle to be open with you in the session—breathing can help them get in touch with their immediate experience and be fully present, for the moment, in their own lives.
Sometimes the Best Intervention is Not Intervening at All
By Patrick Dougherty - I went to the TV and turned it on. There to my horror was a bridge that I'd crossed hundreds, maybe thousands of times, and it was sprawling in a twisted heap. My clients were handling what was happening as well as they could. I didn't see any need to "help" anybody. In fact, I realized that the best help I could give was staying out of the way.
The Heart Speaks: Does Love Have a Role in Psychotherapy?
Does love have a role in the therapeutic relationship?
Facing disaster in your own backyard
When disaster strikes close to home, the emotional shock waves make business as usual impossible for both therapists and clients.
Getting Beyond the Limits of Talk Therapy
I'm a traditional talk therapist, who'd like to explore using mind-body techniques to help clients calm down, but I don't know how to begin. What can I do that doesn't involve learning a whole new set of esoteric skills?