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Mistakes of the heart: The healing power of therapeutic repair
Like parenting, psychotherapy can be only “good enough.” Therapeutic mistakes are inevitable, yet our work lives don’t allow us opportunities to acknowledge and grow from them. Our mistakes occur in the privacy of an office with no one but the client with whom we could process them fully. We may pause to critique ourselves but rarely have the chance to ask: what in me drove that error? Why do I find myself this same mistake again and again? Why do I empathically fail this client more often than others? Whether the mistakes we make are clinically mis-attuned or the result of our own internal conflicts, there is much to learn both about preventing future mistakes and repairing past or present errors. Therapists regularly confront the insidious impact of shame on their traumatized clients’ ability to find relief and perspective. Feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy interfere with taking in positive experiences, leaving only hopelessness. Increased ability for self-assertion gets undermined by belief systems about worth or deserving. Progress in the treatment, increasing relief from symptoms, even greater success in life tend to evoke shame and self-judgment rather than pride.
This series really touches on some key questions for anyone working in the talking therapies or mental health care: how do I grow in my practice and stay alive to the people who come to see me?
The 'good enough' therapist: common mistakes we make
Mistakes of the heart
Attachment styles and the therapeutic relationship
When trauma responses co-exist with attachment drives
Therapist vulnerabilities and counter transference errors
Lessons from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: when words are not enough
Repairing therapeutic ruptures
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This series brought to in partnership with Whole Being Films and Khiron House.