Help for the Helpers is Here! 

I'm thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my new book! 

The Thriving Therapist: Sustainable Self-Care to Prevent Burnout and Enhance Well-Being is a comprehensive, holistic, and needs-based offering written exclusively for us - the hard-working and dedicated psychotherapist and mental health professional. We put so much time and energy into our clients' well-being. Don't we deserve to treat ourselves with the same honor, compassion, and deep respect?

If you're looking for a compassionate guide to help you lean more and more into your own honest and sustainable self-caring, this book can be just that. It's chock full of self-reflection exercises, concrete practices, personal musings, colleague anecdotes, a ton of research, communitarian ethos, myth-busting, values clarification, self-care sustainability ideas, and much more.

What Your Fellow Practitioners Are Saying About the Book


Matthew A. Hersh has given a tremendous gift to psychotherapists with his book on sustainable self-care. Born out of his personal experience with a life-threatening illness while he was still in training, this book provides an integrative and nuanced view of the critical importance of self-care to those who care for the mental wellness of others. His engaging style of writing and his self-care reflection breaks encourage the reader to actively participate in—rather than passively read through—this well-researched book. It offers important and meaningful wisdom for psychotherapists throughout their lives.

Erica Wise, PhD Clinical Professor Emerita, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, and Fellow of the American Psychological Association


As our society gets ever more stressed and burned out, mental health professionals themselves are busier and more burned out than ever. Dr. Hersh has put together one of the best, most evidence-based yet accessible guides to restoring your health, mental health, and idealism as a mental health professional that I’ve encountered in years.

Chris Willard, PsyD  Psychologist, Author, and Consultant, Boston, MA


Matthew A. Hersh has pulled together ideas from many wise people and integrated these with his own experiences as a psychologist, therapist, and cancer survivor. The result is a reflective guide to self-care for helping professionals and others who need skills for mindful coping. Readers will find a useful assortment of tools, guides, and wisdom to support themselves even as they strive to help others.

Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, ABPP Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and Former APA President

About the Author

Dr. Matt Hersh is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, certified Koru mindfulness teacher, and a certified energy psychology practitioner. He has worked with children, teens, young adults, and adults with a wide range of anxiety disorders, stress-related conditions, executive function challenges, and relational concerns. 

In the years since his own medical crisis in 2007, Matt has become increasingly interested in better understanding and helping his fellow practitioners to take more compassionate care of themselves. He has authored several scholarly articles on the intersection among practitioner self-care, ethics, and well-being, and he has presented workshops, talks, and webinars on the topics of self-care, values, mindfulness, anxiety management, and burnout prevention.  Matt's work has been seen in APA journals, the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Harvard University, MIT Medical, University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, and the Massachusetts Society for a World Free from Sexual Harm by Youth.

Start Your Sustainable Self-Care Journey  

When you order the book online and complete the form below, you'll get my Essential Mind-Body Practices PDF guide for free. 

This PDF guide can help you to regulate your nervous system: to lift you up when you're exhausted, to soothe when you're feeling revved up, and to help reinforce healthy boundaries between you and your clients' energies.

The guide was co-created with Thomas Richardson, a licensed acupuncturist, medical qigong practitioner, and meditation teacher who also holds a Master's degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Thomas lends his expertise and experience in a special audio interview. 

To get your free PDF guidebook, please follow the steps below: 

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