The Village of the Therapist

September 13, 2022
Hosted by Deborah Cox

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5. The Village of the Therapist: How to Make One and Why You Need It Episode Five Description Deborah and Tracy interview Dr. Doug Shirley, therapist and associate professor of counseling psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. We talk about how difficult it is for helping professionals, especially counseling types, to form friendships and supportive peer relationships with each other, and also the barriers to intimacy that many of us experience. Current research points to loneliness as a serious health problem for the population at large. Healthcare professionals of all types often suffer loneliness and isolation as a product of our work and lifestyle. Helping professionals need peers and professional peer groups to help with: burnout-prevention, practice-building, referral-making, learning new ideas, and general support. Given our difficulties with bonding and creating connection with other providers, we offer a series of strategies for cultivating those relationships. Ultimately, building a team of other healers who work in diverse settings adds dimension to our work and energy to our personal and professional lives.


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As a global community, we witness rates of depression, anxiety, and self-harm skyrocketing in the wake of more than two years of unprecedented stress and need. Helpers (caregivers, therapists, teachers, and even parents) face more demands than ever, often working hours of concentrated, solo emotional labor each day. We see helpers leaving their professions in droves, suffering their own health crises and burnout. So, who and what helps the helper? The fields of neuroscience, art, fitness, and physiology bring us insights never before available. But how do we utilize the burgeoning information to move from overwhelmed and lonely to inspired, thriving, creating, and connecting? ReConceive answers these questions. ReConceive probes connectedness for everyone navigating the mental health pandemic. Deborah Cox, psychologist, and Tracy Maxfield, body psychotherapist, explore new methods for working with our clients, and ourselves, through movement, art, and love.

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Deborah Cox

Deborah Cox is an artist and licensed psychologist, board-certified in Couple and Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She writes about anger, relationships, and recovery from religious trauma, and helps clients write their own stories of creativity and healing. Her autobiographical novel, Wife Material, tells a story of growing up in a Southern, fundamentalist sect. Deborah uses EMDR and art methods at the Mosher House, in Springfield, Missouri’s historic district.

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