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Caring for Ourselves : A Therapist's Guide to Personal and Professional Well-being - Ellen K. Baker

Caring for Ourselves

A Therapist's Guide to Personal and Professional Well-being

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2002
ISBN: 9781557989345
Number Of Pages: 200

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Ellen Baker addresses a topic that is vitally important to therapists, offering a positive approach to enjoying their chosen profession, being the best they can be at it, and tackling or preventing burnout. A skillful group facilitator, Dr. Baker leads the journey towards self-awareness and self-care among psychology professionals, a group that is characteristically attuned to caring for others. This thought-provoking book demonstrates a way to balance personal and professional lives by tending physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and the need to feel connected. Filled with an assortment of observations by therapists who share their own challenges and triumphs in their self-care journey, the book examines the conflicts and deterrents to self care that can often lead to distress, impairment, or burnout. Readers are also invited to participate in journaling exercises that systematically peel through the layers of this complex issue by individually exploring topics ranging from exercise and body image to vicarious traumatization, coping, replenishing and seeking personal therapy. This invaluable book offers therapists a positive, proactive approach to enjoying one's chosen profession and being the best they can be at it.

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 3
The Concept and Value of Therapist Self-Carep. 13
Therapist Self-Care Needs Across the Lifespanp. 25
Tending to Our Selfp. 37
Tending Mind, Body, and Spiritp. 59
Professional Challengesp. 99
Connecting With Othersp. 127
Epiloguep. 145
Referencesp. 151
Author Indexp. 163
Subject Indexp. 165
About the Authorp. 173
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ISBN: 9781557989345
ISBN-10: 1557989346
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st August 2002
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 18.42  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59