SELF CARE ~
Because a strong healthy private practice begins with a strong healthy YOU!

Here is an eclectic list of resources to support you in your self-care.  Starting with affordable psychotherapy, there are interesting options for integrative and contemplative experiences to support you in your ongoing personal and professional development. In fact, some of these come with CEs as well.

You will also find supportive resources for financial counseling since this is an important area that tends to be neglected in therapist education as well as self-care.

This page will continue to expand with new and unique links that are intended to support and nurture your creativity, personal exploration and your ongoing development as a person and a professional who supports others to do the same!

Nurture Your Curiosity and Begin Where You Are!

ProQOL 5 Measure

The ProQOL is the most commonly used measure of the negative and positive affects of helping others who experience suffering and trauma and is available in more than 20 languages. The ProQOL has sub-scales for compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue and is time-efficient. It has been in use since 1995 and is available for free.

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Perceived Stress Scale

The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) authored by Sheldon Cohen, is a 10 item measure that takes only 5 to 10 minutes at most. It the most widely used psychological instrument for measuring the perception of stress. It is a measure of the degree to which situations in one’s life are appraised as stressful.

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Self Care Assessment

Check in with yourself while gently embracing new directions and approaches to augment your self-care. With sub-categories of physical, psychological, emotional, relationship and workplace self-care, it allows an in-depth exploration of your current patterns and areas for growth.

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Trauma Stewardship

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Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring For Others by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky.

A longtime trauma worker, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky offers a deep and empathetic survey of the often-unrecognized toll on those working to make the world a better place. Joining the wisdom of ancient cultural traditions with modern psychological research, Lipsky offers a variety of simple and profound practices that will allow us to remake ourselves–and ultimately the world around us.

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45 Simple Self-Care Practices

Posted on Tiny Buddha, this article by Ellen Bard offers simple self-care practices for the mind, body and soul. Pick one of two to start your morning, infuse another during lunch or right after work, and a simple wind-down practice at night.  You’ll notice the difference it can make within a very short period of time.

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Nourish Your Mind, Explore Your Body & Feed your Spirit

Affordable Psychotherapy

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective allows you to receive psychotherapy at an affordable fee while you get your own practice up and running. Once you’re on the road to financial success, you can pay it forward, and afford to pay full fee for your own self-care!

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Mindfulness Retreats

From free to more pricey, there are many possibilities for getting away from it all, and returning to our lives rejuvenated and enlivened by contemplative practice. This link opens up a list of retreat centers in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Vision Quests & Eco Retreats

The School of Lost Borders offers vision fasts and rites of passage as a way of cultivating self-trust, responsibility and finding your own unique place within society and the natural world. The programs provide opportunities for much-needed self-reflection time.

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Family Constellations

Mark Wolynn’s Family Constellation Workshops offer an interesting personal and professional exploration into inherited trauma and ancestral blueprints.

Check out Mark Wolynn’s book “It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to Break the Cycle – available on audio, paper or ebook.

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Whole Person Drumming

Whole Person Drumming is a unique book and DVD set that will allow you to access your innermost rhythm and uncover the gifts that lie in wait inside of you.

TaKeTiNa rhythm journeys are another magical way to journey into yourself and explore process through a journey into movement. Click here for a YouTube video about TaKeTiNa.

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Yoga Nidra for Relaxation

Does stress keep you from falling or staying asleep? Or do your clients struggle with poor sleep hygiene?

This amazing, free resource offers creative and original yoga nidra tracks; from basic to more advanced, and in several languages, this is easy-to-use self-care at its very finest!

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Financial Therapy for Peace of Mind!

You Need A Budget

Many therapists have negative associations with the words “budget” and “business plan”. An easy-to-use budget can help you to feel more in control of your finances and help you become a successful business owner.

If you’d like to learn more about how YNAB can help you, contact Rajani to set up a consultation.

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The Eight Money Archetypes

Click here for the Money Type Quiz to find out your own money archetypes that will aid you in creating your own unique pathway to financial stability and success.

Click here to read more about the eight money types in money coaching, as developed by Deborah Price and the Money Coaching Institute

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Financial Counseling

The SF LGBT Center offers free financial classes on a variety of interesting and helpful topics. You can also contact them for FREE financial counseling services to help you set up your budget and get you on track with your savings goal!

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DOCUMENTATION

If you’re looking for tips on documentation or help with forms or templates, we have a whole slew of resources available.

HIPAA & TECH

Here are some powerful allies to help you navigate HIPAA as well as other technology and privacy issues related to therapy.

INSURANCE & BILLING

Want support with your insurance and billing needs? From books to web resources, we’ve compiled them in one easy to find place.

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