Cyberoptik

The Silent Struggles of Therapists: Part 2 – Vicarious Trauma

By Emily Heimberger, LPC-Associate Supervised by Jennifer Buffalo, LPC-S, LMFT What is vicarious trauma? Vicarious trauma goes by many names: secondary trauma, insidious trauma, secondhand trauma, “the cost of caring,” and more. All refer to the trauma that can occur after exposure to someone else’s traumatic stories and experiences. This phenomenon is commonly observed among […]

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A Brief on Perfectionism

By Jourdan Bartels, LPC-Associate Supervised by Jennifer Buffalo, LPC-S, LMFT What is perfectionism? The short, anecdotal answer might be the way I felt like I needed to become an expert on perfectionism before writing this blog (yes, the irony here is palpable). The APA Dictionary offers a clearer description: “the tendency to demand of others

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LoveWithoutLimits: Building Resilient Lesbian Partnerships

By Paige Rocker, LPC-Associate Supervised by Jennifer Buffalo, LPC-S, LMFT Welcome to LoveWithoutLimits, this is a topic devoted to the skill of creating enduring and satisfying lesbian relationships. This blog is going to investigate, celebrate, and walk you through the process of meaningful relationships within the lesbian community. Every successful partnership is based on a

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The Silent Struggles of Therapists: Part 1 – Burnout

By Emily Heimberger, LPC-Associate Supervised by Jennifer Buffalo, LPC-S, LMFT What is burnout? Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It reduces productivity and energy levels, resulting in feelings of helplessness, cynicism, resentment, and more.. The effects of burnout can impact all areas of life, including

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Analysis of a “Good Therapist”

By Paige Rocker, LPC Associate Supervised by: Jennifer Buffalo, LPC-S, LMFT Have you ever thought about what a “good therapist means to you”? In the mental health realm, as a therapist, the relationship is considered one of the most important variables influencing success in therapy. This does not mean your therapist is trying to be

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Tips for Finding an Actually Affirming Therapist for LGBTQIA+ Folks

By Jourdan Bartels, LPC Associate Supervised by: Jennifer Buffalo, LPC-S, LMFT Competent, affirming mental health care is crucial for the LGBTQIA+ community, who experience higher rates of mental health struggles like suicidal thoughts, depression, and substance use disorders, and are at higher risk of experiencing identity-based discrimination and trauma (NAMI). Therapy is most effective when

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