Therapist Loneliness

February 27, 2023
Hosted by Deborah Cox

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Episode Description

Therapist Loneliness Loneliness is associated with a variety of health problems and shortened life span (Hawkley, 2022; Hawkley & Cacioppo, 2010). Deborah and Tracy visit again with Doug Shirley, professor at The Seattle School, about the loneliness of the psychotherapist: both the individual factors - and the systemic issues of our profession - that make helpers more likely to be lonely. We talk about how helpers of all stripes can address the problem of loneliness in our own lives and in the profession at large. Learn more here: Hawkley, L. C. (2022). Loneliness and health. Nature Reviews Disease Primers, 8. Hawkley, L. C., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2010). Loneliness matters: A theoretical and empirical review of consequences and mechanisms. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40 (2).


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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.

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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