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Making Yourself a Priority: Self-Care Toolkit for Psychotherapists & Counsellors: Video Course


Speaker: Babette Rothschild

Product: Video Course
Price: £175

CPD Hours: 8

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During the best of times, we, as psychotherapists and counsellors tend towards aspiring (or feeling bound) to be superheroes for everyone: our clients, colleagues, family members and friends. We expect of ourselves and are expected by others to rise above the fray, put everyone else first and fix it (whatever it is). But together with the rewards of helping others, come the challenges – taxing demands on our emotional, mental and physical well-being. In the last few decades our professional risks have become more recognized and we have even gained our own set of diagnostic categories: vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. Moreover, since early 2020 our challenges and obligations have multiplied exponentially – in this ‘new normal’ we all face unprecedented additional demands that have further complicated what we are called upon to handle.

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Full Course Information

The main goal of this seminar is improving the well-being of the psychotherapist in light of the new as well as the usual challenges that they face in 2022. With a combination of lecture, videos, exercises, and breakout discussions, participants will be helped to identify their own individual risk factors and challenges. In addition, strategies and tools will be presented so that each participant can add to, or begin to supply, their own individual self-care toolkit.

The content includes:

Part 1:


  • Countertransference, Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma
  • Mindful Awareness of Self and Client
  • Empathy vs. Compassion


  • Practitioner Body Awareness: controlling our own personal empathy dial
  • Paying attention to client and to self simultaneously
  • Increasing Muscle Tone vs. Relaxation—what’s best for me?

Part 2:


  • Neurophysiology of Empathy: Emotional Contagion, Facial Feedback, Postural Feedback, Mirror Neurons


  • Controlling Empathy via Facial and Posture Muscles, as well as with Respiration
  • Controlling Mental Images
  • Structured Self-Care
  • Closing: Mountain Meditation

About the speaker

Babette Rothschild, MSW, has been a practitioner since 1976 and a teacher and trainer since 1992. She is the author of seven books, (translated into more than a dozen languages including Danish, German, French, Spanish, and Japanese) all published by WW Norton. Revolutionizing Trauma Treatment: Phased Recovery via Sensory and Autonomic Balance (2017, 2020); her classic bestseller, The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (2000); The Body Remembers CASEBOOK: Unifying Methods and Models in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD (2003); Help for the Helper: The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma (2005); 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery (2010); and Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide (2010). She is also the Series Editor of the WW Norton 8 Keys to Mental Health Series (12 titles and growing!). After living and working for 9 years in Copenhagen, Denmark she returned to her native Los Angeles. There she is writing her next books while she continues to lecture, train, and supervise professional psychotherapists worldwide. For more information, visit her website:

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