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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.

Don't Go It Alone

The Power of Focusing Partnerships

May/June 2015
To emerge from the grip of feeling stale as a therapist and in danger of burning out, we need something to take us out of our isolation. Focusing partnerships can be a potent remedy for the circular thinking we tend to get mired in when we’re by ourselves.

Out of the Tunnel

Escaping the Trance of Depression

November/December 2014
Depressed clients repeat the same thoughts, activities, feelings, and experiences again and again, as if entranced. Good depression treatment is largely about awakening them from this bad trance.
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Beyond Chemistry

Exploring Our Relationship with Our Meds

July/August 2014
The chemical effect of psychoactive meds is only part of their impact. In fact, people often develop complex relationships with the pills they take.

Something New, Here & Now

Breaking Free of the Habitual

November/December 2013
Most clients have automatic habits of thinking, feeling, and verbalizing experiences that imprison them in a world of gray sameness. How do we help them escape? The most immediate way is to ditch your logical analysis and help them experience a felt sense.

In Consultation

Hearing the Body’s Truth: Three Steps to Connecting to Felt Sense

November/December 2013
Although the idea that the mind and body are inextricably linked is widely accepted in our field, many clinicians remain too focused on words to hear the truths that their clients’ bodies have to offer.

Case Study

The Black Shadow: Facing the Taboo Issue of Race in the Consulting Room

November/December 2013
Raising the issue of race in therapy can help African American clients connect their personal struggles to an enduring cultural legacy that many insist isn’t supposed to matter anymore.

The Many Faces Of Wisdom

Perspectives on Therapy’s Questions

March/April 2013
Excerpts from a series of interviews with some of the wisest souls in the field of psychology and psychotherapy on essential questions clinicians struggle with every day.

How Conversation Sparks Therapeutic Change

The Search for the Unspoken Self

September/October 2012
When we trust in ourselves to follow the signals of life that the patient emits in seemingly casual conversation, we increase chances of stepping outside the stable confines of our theoretical models to enjoy an unexpected encounter.
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