“The Joy of Practicing What We Preach: A Half-Day Self-Care Retreat” offered by Sharon Gold-Steinberg, Ph.D., Carryn Lund, LMSW, RYT, and the Partners in Healing “Community Band” (because we all need a little help from our friends!)
Psychotherapists, professionals who devote themselves to caring for the emotional well-being of others, often miss the joy and satisfaction of providing the same level of care and nourishment for themselves. Self-care may be something we prescribe to others or something that we believe we deserve only when feeling burned out or depleted by our work. Yet, finding ways to engage in various forms of self-care while doing our work as psychotherapists provides us with almost endless opportunities to deepen our awareness of self, heighten our attunement to joy, and enhance our ability to make meaning and grow spiritually while we work. Practicing psychotherapy relies on the use of one’s self as a primary instrument for resonance, attunement, containment, compassion, play, and the cultivation of inspiration and hope. These resources can be bolstered by a sense of community and the support of colleagues.
In this half-day retreat, we will explore joy, gratitude, playfulness, pleasure and vitality through contemplative practices such as mindfulness, breathwork, music, and gentle movement. These practices will allow us to deepen and cultivate these experiences for ourselves and, resultantly, into all relationships in our lives, including those with our clients. During the retreat, we’re not going to talk about therapist self-care, we are going to experience it! No previous experience with any of these modalities is required—come as you are, dress comfortably for the day, and prepare to enjoy!
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