mindful presence

What Are We Really Doing in Therapy?

As practitioners, we constantly find ourselves in highly challenging positions. We try our very best to assist those in need of our services while attempting to stay as mindfully present as possible with deep and (often unnecessary) suffering. From this universally humanistic challenge, I began reflecting on what we actually do in our therapeutic work, and my realizations actually startled me a bit. I asked a question I’ve never asked before: “What are we really doing in therapy?” [read more]

How to Repair and Refresh the Therapeutic Relationship

Have you ever really messed up in therapy? Did you say something that you regretted? Did you come off as way too strong or heavy handed? Or perhaps you didn’t bring “enough” compassion to some very hurt feelings your client was experiencing. We have all been there. Right? Yes. It’s OK. Really it is. This post is all about the internal therapist dynamics of what happens when we mis-step. Once we’ve taking responsibility for what has happened, we can then contemplate how to repair and refresh the therapeutic relationship. We can even use this rift and repair to revitalize the work we [read more]

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