What is it about?

This poem provides a reflection and focus on the way in which the work of therapy is so impactful to the person of the therapist and supports methods to manage the impact in mindful, positive ways. The work is intellectually engaging, exciting and daunting, and therapists deserve to honor this significant work.

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Why is it important?

Brief reflection of the way in which mental health providers are also affected by our work emotionally. Caregivers also need caregiving for selves.


The work of being a therapist is important, humbling, and awe-inspiring but also can be emotionally overwhelming at times. Sharing some reflections via a poem allowed some positive release and sharing with colleagues.

Sandra Wartski

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This page is a summary of: Ode to self-care., Families Systems & Health, September 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/fsh0000482.
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