Self-Care for PTSD Therapists: Handling Patient Distress


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. It is healing and liberating to say aloud the worst, and having another person witness and accept it.
  2. Helping a patient to emotionally process traumatic events can be challenging and difficult.
  3. Therapists need to increase their tolerance for patient distress.

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