This week, I've been invited (inadvertently, by my Facebook feed) to reflect upon the work we do as therapists and consider its meaning in the larger context of change and society. I've come across several resources and articles that have and do explore this topic.
As I look to be more human with other humans--including clients--I am always encouraged by those who ask questions about influence, power, strategies, and how these impact and impede real relational connection.
Today, I am sharing some resources with you that inspire me and my work.
Person-Centered Process: The Soul of Therapeutic Change, Blake Griffin Edwards, LMFT
In this article, Griffin cites Frankl, Kierkegaard, Rogers, and other humanistic thinkers as he makes a distinction between a therapists' knowledge about the client and their experience of the client.
True Calling Project, John Harrison, LPCC
What is a true calling? How do we seek it and find it? Harrison searches for answers to these and other questions on his vlog turned podcast, the True Calling Project. Harrison and his guests discuss mindset, possibility, the role of suffering in achievement, merging your career with your passion, and other topics on living and working purposefully.
The Good Therapists, Alison Crosthwait
Merging her writing and her insight into the human condition as a psychotherapist, Crosthwait brings voice to the quiet truths of therapy--things that are present but not often noticed or contemplated. Conscious and unconscious choices, cognitive and emotional conflicts, and the small ways in which we negate what matters to us and others are some of the human, relational observations that Crosthwait presents on her blog.
Psych Rally Podcast, Martin Hsia, Psy.D.
Exploring a wide range of ideas relevant to psychotherapy and mental health, the Psych Rally podcast features guest therapists and mental health advocates. Hsia invites listeners' questions, so that host, guest, and listener can struggle together for answers.
The Radical Therapist Podcast, Chris Hoff, LMFT
Hoff follows a "search for the real, not the truth" by discussing therapy as well as social justice, postmodernism, and topics relevant to the current cultural climate. Chris, and his podcast, were originally featured on the Family Therapy Basics blog in this post.
"Moments of Meaning is a for-purpose movement devoted to demystifying psychotherapy" with stories of change and transformation about real clients told by real therapists. I invite you to watch these stories, by visiting the Moments of Meaning Youtube channel, here.
Let me know in the comments below:
- Which resource did you check out? What are your thoughts about how it explores our work as therapists?