Self-Care Strategies for PE Therapists

Barbara-Rothbaum

Associate Vice-Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Emory Healthcare Veterans Program
Director, Emory Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program
Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology

Key Points

  1. Trauma therapy is emotionally demanding for both patients and therapists, requiring a specific aptitude and resilience.
  2. Therapists must prioritize self-care, including physical health, emotional processing, and professional support.
  3. Exposure therapy is a powerful and effective approach, offering significant benefits to patients dealing with trauma.
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The Difficulty of Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy presents significant challenges for both therapists and patients. Not everyone is suited to be a trauma therapist. Some professionals find their own life experiences inhibit their ability to effectively treat trauma, opting instead for areas like panic disorder management.

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