Staying Safe and Relevant in 2019This post has been authored by Tiffany Chhuom MSW, MPH, CDP-T, LSWAIC as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Tiffany at the bottom of this post. Hi there! My name is Tiffany Chhuom and I’m a therapist, researcher, and the owner of EthTech: a consulting firm on technology and ethics for mental health professionals. Following some recent events here in the Seattle area, I’ve decided to take some steps personally to feel safer while interacting with people online and via smartphones. I hope you will consider taking these steps as well to protect yourself and your clients; and to maintain compliance with laws and regulations.
An Overview of Health PsychologyThis post has been authored by Robyn Pashby, Ph.D., Kelly Donahue, Ph.D., NTC, and Kris Morris, Ph.D. as part of our guest post series. Learn more about our three authors at the bottom of this post.
What is Health Psychology?The American Psychological Association writes that “health psychologists study how patients handle illness, why some people don’t follow medical advice and the most effective ways to control pain or change poor health habits.” Health psychology is a unique branch of psychology that focuses on the study and application of psychosocial, psychobiological, and behavioral factors in the etiology, prevention, and treatment of illness, as well as the pursuit and maintenance of wellness. While in training, we typically study traditional psychopathology and developmental psychology as well as appetitive behaviors, neuroscience, psychopharmacology, psychophysiology, neuropsychology, epidemiology and more.
Understanding Compassion Fatigue as a TherapistThis post has been authored by Briania Davis, MSMFT as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Briania at the bottom of this post. Have you been feeling run down? Are you dreading work a little more so than in the past? When talking to clients do you find yourself not being fully present? If this sounds familiar, you may be experiencing compassion fatigue. What is “Compassion Fatigue”? What are the symptoms? How is it experienced? Lastly, how is it expressed when one person becomes emotionally invested in another? Before we get into these elements, let’s address the most important question, “who” is at risk? Nowadays, anyone with a strong desire to help another can experience compassion fatigue, also known as second-hand shock or secondary stress reaction.
Practicing Self Care as a TherapistThis post has been authored by Katie Cashin, MS, LCPC as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Katie at the bottom of this post. Let’s take a moment for some honesty. Not so long ago, I reached the point where, as a therapist, when I heard the phrase “self care” I would roll my eyes. I was feeling mildly Grinch-like but also really fed up with the myths and misnomers about what it really means to take care of ourselves. In the last decade of popularization, self care has become slightly synonymous with manicures, yoga retreats, buying a pair of pricey shoes, and fancy, artisan coffee. These acts and items beg the question: Is this more about care or consumerism?
How I Practice… with Dr. DodiniThe following interview has been lightly edited for clarity. The How I Practice series asks therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, and other mental health practitioners to share their successes, shortcuts, routines, and more. Have someone you want to see featured or questions you think we should ask? Let us know here!
Top Psychology Magazines and Journals for Therapists
The field of psychology is fast-paced and constantly changing. Though this makes it an exciting field to study, staying up to date on the continuously evolving research can often prove to be overwhelming.
Doing a simple Google search for psychology magazines and journals returns hundreds of results and often leaves you wondering– “where do I even begin?” With thousands of new articles and papers being published each year in hundreds of different psychology journals and magazines, being well-read and up-to-date almost seems an impossible task.
Here at TheraNest we wanted to make it easier for you to stay on top of the research you need to know, that’s why we collected eight publications covering different aspects of the field of psychology that we think you should consider reading. Whether you are looking for a light read on topics that interest you or a deep dive into research-heavy perspectives, there is something for you on this list.
Finding Your Work/ Life Balance as a Private Practice OwnerGetting started in private practice was one of the most exciting moments of my career– it was also one of the biggest learning experiences of my life. Coming from an agency setting, I never really thought about a work/life balance. I was working Monday through Friday, had nights and weekends off, and in hindsight, had no job responsibilities outside of working hours. Whenever the topic of work/life balance came up, I always brushed it off thinking, “it’s really not that hard.”
Self-Care Tips for Therapists and Counselors
Are you taking care of yourself?
When you dedicate your life to helping others, it takes a toll. Burnout is real, especially in the mental health field. If you’re not careful, you can marginalize yourself to the point where you end up marginalizing others, specifically your clients.
To be the best version of yourself, self-care is necessary.
In this post, we’ll discuss easy, but essential, ways to prevent burnout and contribute to your overall wellbeing. Let’s get started.