Responding to responders: the therapist’s role in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

NB: the following contains references to sexual violence and suicide. People who become therapists want to help others, pure and simple. But we don’t get to stop very often and think about what it means to help other helpers, and that we ourselves are helpers who might sometimes need help. That’s where peer support comesContinue reading “Responding to responders: the therapist’s role in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)”

“What is solitude?” and “Responsibility and vulnerability”

Instagram is an unexpected place to find brief philosophical offerings, which is maybe why I’ve been enjoying creating these “insta-essays”. The format keeps me focused and honest, since I can only upload ten images at a time. I guess I’m looking to turn self-obsession into self-reflection, one Instagram post at a time. 🙂 You don’tContinue reading ““What is solitude?” and “Responsibility and vulnerability””

Losing the Religion of Thin: beginnings in becoming anti-fatphobic

It’s been nine months since I stopped counting calories and macros for good, and I’m steeling myself to make it to a year. Disappointingly, despite successfully fighting the urge to wrap a measuring tape around my waist for all this time, I seem to keep in reserve in the back of my mind the possibilityContinue reading “Losing the Religion of Thin: beginnings in becoming anti-fatphobic”

Why in the world become a therapist? (letter to a student intern)

My alma mater, Seattle University, offers a brilliant course for masters-level therapists-in-training in the Existential Phenomenological Psychology program. It’s called “The World of the Clinic”, and students take this course at the same time that they begin their practical internships. The course encourages students to think broadly and critically about the social and political forcesContinue reading “Why in the world become a therapist? (letter to a student intern)”

Welcome home to who you are.

December 23, 2021. It’s been almost two years since COVID-19 shut down travel, work, and school, and we all retreated to our homes, what we had of them, to shelter in place. I remember the almost festival-like atmosphere and novelty of the experience. We logged in, we reached out, we cried listening to Italians singingContinue reading “Welcome home to who you are.”