Emotional Preparation for Therapy

Being a clinical psychologist is a very emotionally demanding job. It’s critically important to be emotionally prepared for providing psychotherapy.

I routinely monitor my own mood and well-being, since you need to care for yourself before you can assist someone else. Like the airline attendant says when providing information about utilization of a mask during an emergency, secure your own mask before assisting others.

I’ve been in counseling at several different points in my life. I think that the most effective therapists are fully aware of when they personally could benefit from psychotherapy.

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