We all need to maintain a sense of vitality and creativity in our work—our clients’ well-being depends on it. There’s much emphasis in our field on acquiring new methods and techniques as the key to a therapist’s growth and development. But less attention is given to exploring the fuller range of ways to invite diverse input into your practice to broaden and deepen your clinical intuition and effectiveness with clients. This session will focus on how the therapist can tap into new sources of inspiration and fresh learning. You‘ll explore how to:
- Get regular feedback on your clinical work to make therapy as salient and valuable for your clients as possible
- Avoid becoming trapped in an ideological straightjacket and, instead, seek out opportunities to learn from and collaborate with those with a different therapeutic viewpoint
- Find ways to bring more of your client’s wider life context into therapy, such as including extended family, friends, coworkers, and even people facing similar life challenges
Esther Perel, MA, LMFT, is the bestselling author of The State of Affairs and Mating in Captivity. She hosts the podcasts Where Should We Begin? and How’s Work? and leads the online clinical training platform Sessions with Esther Perel. Her TED talks have more than 30 million views.