“We have about five minutes left for today,” you manage to squeeze in as your client abruptly switches to another topic.
Upon reaching the final wrap-up moment and saying your goodbyes until next week, what do you typically do?
Are you poised to write your progress note, use the bathroom, eat a quick snack, or make a phone call to insurance or a collaborating clinician?
Or perhaps you manage to do all of these at once, unbeknownst to the scouts at the Guinness Book of World Records. (I actually do know a therapist who does 3 out of 4 of these activities, and yes, one of them includes the bathroom. Please don’t think too hard about it though).
This post is all about the precious moments between our sessions and how we intend to use them. This is about 3 key principles to help integrate self-care between therapy sessions.
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