The Thriving Therapist: Sustainable Self-Care to Prevent Burnout and Enhance Well-Being (Paperback)
Self-care shouldn't feel like a burden. Professional self-care can be enjoyable, personally meaningful, and sustainably integrated into mental health practitioners' lives. The Thriving Therapist provides an integrative, holistic, and developmentally sensitive path to assist therapists in assessing their unique needs and proactively structuring sustainable self-care practices, in alignment with their values. Included in this book are diverse and vital resources that help practitioners:
- Go beyond one-off activities to create a self-caring lifestyle;
- Strengthen the guiding values by which they live and work, in order to prevent burnout and embody wellness;
- Cultivate mindful awareness of their needs both personal and professional, with special attention to the alignment of the person-practitioner-work environment;
- Build powerful inner resources such as gratitude, self-compassion, forgiveness, and humor to soothe in response to threats and bounce back from daily challenges;
- Implement and sustain healthy lifestyle habits that transform "simply getting by" into more easeful and meaningful living, including neurophysiological supports, meditation and subtle energy practices, mindful media consumption, and community-building.
About the Author
Matt Hersh, PhD, is a practicing clinical psychologist in the Boston area with over twenty years of clinical experience. He has maintained a full-time private practice for the past decade. Dr. Hersh works with teens and adults who struggle with anxiety disorders, executive function deficits, relational conflicts, and stress-based difficulties. In addition to being a psychotherapist, Dr. Hersh holds a consultant affiliation as a mindfulness teacher with Harvard University's Center for Wellness and Health Promotion; he is a certified Koru Mindfulness teacher and a diplomate of Comprehensive Energy Psychology. He is founder of The Thriving Therapist, an online resource for mental health professionals to prevent burnout and cultivate enduring self-care and well-being. For more, visit TheThrivingTherapist.org.