I feel passionate about the necessity of applying an all-embracing approach to self-care for counsellors, psychotherapists, supervisors, coaches, and all who work in the helping professions. The comprehensive approach to self-care that I take can also be used by individuals dealing with stress of any kind. This view of self-care acknowledges that fatigue is a multi-faceted concern, necessitating an equally comprehensive approach to prevention.
Standard recommendations for self-care for those in the helping professions are supervision and engaging in our own therapy, yet the literature on thriving therapists shows these are necessary but not sufficient means to ensure buoyancy in our line of work. Factors such as being pro-active in self-care, balance, diversity, having robust personalities, empathy to self and focusing on the transcendent nature of therapy and work prove to be far more essential components in maintaining well-being. Ken Wilber’s comprehensive model informs my approach to promoting thriving and well-being in counsellors, therapists, supervisors and coaches.
Please click here for my article Self Care for Therapists
For a more detailed version, click here Promoting Thriving for Therapists
If you are interested in inquiring about my Workshops on Self-care, or Self-care in Relationships, please phone me on (02) 9516 4399, (04210) 961 687 or email me.
Baruch, V., (2006). “New, Flexible, Modular Tools for Designing a Self-Care Programme” at “Landscape Conference” April 28, 2006, Tabor College, Adelaide for SCAPE (Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators).
Baruch, V., (2004). “Self-Care Methods to Promote Thriving in Professional Therapists” at ‘ExperienceSCAPE’ Conference April 23-25, 2004, Dunmore Lang College Macquarie University.
Refereed Conference Paper Proceedings
Baruch, V., (2006). “New, Flexible, Modular Tools for Designing a Self-Care Programme” at ‘Landscape Conference’, April 28, 2006, Tabor College, Adelaide for SCAPE (Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators).
Baruch, V., (2003). “Counsellor Well-Functioning and Self-Care Methods” at ‘Celebrating Counselling’ Conference, November 26, 2003, Parramatta Campus University of Western Sydney.
Seminars and Workshops
March (2009), Australian College of Applied Psychology, “Self-Care for Busy People”.
August (2007), Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), “Designing a Personalised, Comprehensive Self-Care Programme”.
Co-facilitator of monthly Integral Life Practice meetings.
November (2005), Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW (CAPA), “Self-Care for Counsellors” professional development (invited presentation).
Baruch, V., (2008). Promoting Thriving for Therapists: An Integral Perspective. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 3(4), 103-124. Promoting Thriving For Therapists pdf.
Baruch, V., (2004). Self-Care for Therapists: Prevention of Compassion Fatigue and Burnout. In Psychotherapy in Australia 10(4), 64-68. Self-Care for Therapists pdf.
Baruch, V., (2004). A Therapist’s Journey Towards Integration. In A Reader in Emotionally Focused Work (1st ed.). Annandale: IEFT.
Baruch, V., (2004). A Case Study. In A Reader in Emotionally Focused Work (1st ed.). Annandale: IEFT.