Psychotherapy is an increasingly stressful profession. Yet therapists spend most of their time helping clients deal with their stress, not caring for their own. This book is designed as a tool for the experienced counselor, junior therapist, and graduate student, as the issues confronted and discussed herein are relevant to anyone in the field, regardless of experience or expertise. Dr. Weiss has written a book in an easy, conversational tone, filled with concrete examples and blending research findings, clinical experience and theoretical approaches into practical suggestions and sound advice.
The book is divided into three parts, discussing therapist concerns and questions that are continually raised, and providing practical tools based on clinical experience and research findings. It will be useful to all mental health professionals who have felt the strain of their practice.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part I: Designing and Creating the Life You Want. Visualize the Life You Want and DO IT! Ask Yourself: "If Money Were No Object". Hire Yourself as Your Life Manager. Part II: Tips for Managing Your Outer Environment. Do the Things You Enjoy and Eliminate Those That Drain You. Create an Environment You Love in Which You Can Express Yourself. Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow. Get a Life. Make Your Calendar Your Most Important Tool. Diversify, Diversify, Diversify. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify. Eliminate Managed Care. Learn to Set Limits. Part III: Tips for Managing Your Inner Environment. Clinician, Know Thyself. Take Time to Sharpen the Saw. Learn to Recognize and Avoid Burnout. Listen to Your Body's Signals. Get Some Personal Therapy. Talk to Your Colleagues. Get Out of the Overresponsibility Trap. Keep a Healthy Distance. Learn to Deal with Uncertainty. Remember Your Calling. References.
"Therapist's Guide to Self-Care is carefully organized to help the therapists realistically assess and subsequently modify both their personal and professional lives. Throughout this well-written and easy-to-read volume is a knowledgeable mix of scholarly research in this area as well as the author's own personal experiences. It is hard to find a weakness anywhere in this informative and useful volume.This book is a "must read" by those well into their careers who find themselves feeling bored or overwhelmed by their work or feeling personally shortchanged by the imbalance between their professional and work lives." - Garland Y. (Gary) DeNesky, Ph.D., The National Psychologist