Going Rogue: Therapy Counter Culture
October 25, 2022
Hosted by Deborah Cox
Going Rogue: Doing therapy counter-culture Mainstream healthcare and human services takes a shape we’ve all come to expect. One helper and one helpee, in a room for 45 minutes (or less, if it’s medicine), sitting, talking about the problem. The helper repeats this as many times as possible in a given work day, and the formula focuses almost entirely on the client or patient as the person in need of evaluation and rehabilitation. The same basic model applies to education. But what if this old model gave way to a new helping paradigm? One where we collaborate, support each other moment-to-moment, and concentrate on a mutually life-affirming process of healing? Therapists need each other in order to stay oriented and alert, co-regulate biobehavioral states, and share the heavy emotional load of hearing and working with client distress. We get ideas and energy from each other and we keep each other out of trance . . . so why not work together? Deborah and Tracy talk about reversing burnout and reinvigorating practice through interdisciplinary co-therapy and propose a new model for it. Read more about co-therapy here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/270172164_The_Experience_the_Gift_in_a_Model_of_Co-Therapy https://familytherapybasics.com/blog/best-practices-for-co-therapy
Tuesday at 6AM on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel
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.
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.