Traumatizing Trauma Workers

Traumatizing Trauma Workers: Don't Leave the choice to the worker

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Circling in the news recently and being shared widely on social media is the story of Dr. Lorna Breen, a New York ER doctor who died by suicide after having served in the frontlines in treating cases of COVID-19. While Dr. Breen was not a therapist,…
Gaslighting the Mental Health Workforce

Gaslighting the Mental Health Workforce

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I’ve seen several people share this article  about the gaslighting that will occur after the COVID-19 pandemic in an urge to get to a sense of normalcy. One of the places that we will fully expect to see this is in the roles of mental health…
Treating First Responders

Treating First Responders

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Treating First Responders An interview with Yael Shuman, LMFT, on the unique challenges that First Responders face and treatment considerations. Curt and Katie talk with Yael about what therapists get wrong working with first responders, especially…
Suicidal Therapists

Suicidal Therapists

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Suicidal Therapists An interview with Norine Vander Hooven, LCSW about therapists who become suicidal. Curt and Katie interview Norine on the risk factors that therapists face as well as how we can support each other in our community. We talk…
Preventing Client Suicide

Preventing Client Suicide

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Preventing Client Suicide An interview with Norine Vander Hooven, LCSW about assessing suicide appropriately for our clients from the beginning of treatment. Curt and Katie talk with Norine about what therapists often miss with their clients…
We Can't Help Ourselves

We Can't Help Ourselves

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We Can't Help Ourselves Curt and Katie talk about how difficult it is for therapists to take care of ourselves. We look at why we struggle with the self-care that we teach our clients, including shaming in our field, lack of connection to our…
Making Access More Affordable

Making Access More Affordable

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Making Access More Affordable An interview with Michael Blumberg, LCPC, about mental health care as a basic human right. Curt and Katie talk with Michael about the tension between access and therapist financial stability. We look at ideas to…
Therapist Suicide

Therapist Suicide

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Therapist Suicide Curt and Katie talk about a recent news story related to Dr. Gregory Eells, the Executive Director of the Counseling and Psychological Services at University of Pennsylvania, who died by suicide in September 2019. We talk…
When Clients Die

When Clients Die

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When Clients Die An interview with Debi Frankle, LMFT on how therapists can navigate when clients die. We look at what to do when clients die by suicide, die based on high risk lifestyles, or long-term illnesses. We also talk about the complicated…
Death, Dying, and Grief

Death, Dying, and Grief

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Death, Dying, and Grief An interview with Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW about how we have been trained to handle grief wrong. Curt and Katie talk with Jill about what the Kubler-Ross model is useful for (and what it’s not) as well has how therapists…