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3 Tricky Blindspots that Hinder Repair in the Therapeutic Relationship

One of the most challenging aspects of our work shows up when there are impasses, ruptures, and enactments. These are moments or periods in therapy when there is a strain or breakdown in the therapeutic alliance. Nevertheless, when we compassionately face these difficulties, we access one of the most impactful vehicles of change. Why? Because …
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Therapeutic Presence in the Midst of Mechanical Protocols

I woke up one morning thinking of the phrase I am not a robot, a phrase we see on the computer screen many times a day. As common as battery-powered scooters across urban landscapes, I am not a robot, is our new normal. Ironically, we are told to prove our humanness to a technological algorithm …
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The Transformative Power of Clinician Self-Awareness

There are countless reasons why it is important to emphasize self-awareness for those providing mental health treatment. In this article, I am going to focus on what I feel are a few of the most essential ones, but before I do, let’s make sure we are on the same page when we talk about self-awareness. …